RIYADH — The Ministry of Tourism has launched the Tourism Education Initiative, with the aim of supporting talented Saudi students and qualifying them to work in the tourism sector.

The Tourism Education Initiative includes several educational qualitative programs targeting the schools and universities students.

The Ministry said that it seeks to partner with large national and international educational establishments, in order to open study opportunities for university students to enroll in majors required by the labor market.

This will also increase the student’s awareness, and guide their future trips toward the tourism educational paths.

The initiative aims in raising the educational quality in tourism and hospitality fields, as well as developing the Saudi talents’ skills.

The Ministry has allocated several educational paths in the initiative for the school students, of which are the tourism and hospitality skills and tourism guidance.

The educational programs determined for the university students: A diploma in tourism and travel at the Tabuk University in cooperation with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU); a diploma in mountain resort management at King Khalid University in cooperation with the Swiss University of Les Roches.

Also, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals will include a diploma in hospitality and business administration.

The MBSC — Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship — program will include a master’s degree in management, a track in tourism management.

While the program of the Batterjee Medical College, in cooperation with the Italian University of Palermo, will be about the diploma in recovery and therapeutic tourism operations.

The Ministry has signed a number of memorandums of cooperation within the initiative, including a memorandum of cooperation with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, with the aim of adding new tourism educational subjects.

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