Royal Academy of Culinary Arts launches baccalaureate program

Culinary students are pictured at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in Amman on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Photos: Tala Kayyali/Jordan News)
Culinary students are pictured at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in Amman on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Photos: Tala Kayyali/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has launched a technical university college in cooperation with Ecole Hoteliere of Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland. The new program was announced at a conference held on Wednesday at the academy’s headquarters.اضافة اعلان

Wajih Oweis, chairman of the academy’s board of trustees, said that under the vision and care of His Majesty King Abdallah, and with the support of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, the academy introduced a new two-year degree program.

The chairman told Jordan News that "the baccalaureate program will be less expensive than the diploma program by 25 percent.

We will also support our students and give superiors the scholarships they deserve.”

"Despite the pandemic, more than 40 percent of students are benefiting from the scholarship program from different governorates around the Kingdom,” he said. "Outstanding students deserve outstanding programs and we shall support them and encourage them to move on."

Oweis said that the tourism sector needs 16,000 to 20,000 new employees to cover its needs for the next five years.

He added that all of the academy's students find jobs even before graduating, stating that unemployment is a major problem in Jordan and that the academy works hard to to implement programs.

According to Oweis, "the academy decided to implement a baccalaureate program, in cooperation with EHL, which is universally recognized as one of the best universities in Switzerland.” The academy provides the curriculum, and students get high marks in English, he added.

Jacques Roseel, a director at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, said that "all the teachers at the academy have taken intense courses for training and development at the EHL campus in Switzerland."

Asem Oweis, vice director of the academy, said that "we aim to encourage students to integrate in new specialties and to find job opportunities easily, and we also aim to support Jordanians to develop and show their talents in the tourism sector."

"We have graduated more than 700 students who started working inside Jordan and outside, in countries like the United States of America, Europe, and the Gulf area,” the vice director said. "We have recorded many success stories for students in a short period of time and we are proud of them and we are looking forward for more."

"In the baccalaureate program we want our students to have more job opportunities,” Oweis added. “It is not mandatory that they work as chefs, they can also work in reception and in sales as they will be getting managerial skills at our academy."

To apply, applicants must go the The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ website, fill out a form, and pay a JD25 processing fee. 

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