Published on : Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The conference was aimed at helping graduates find job opportunities, as well as addressing the needs of the labor market and the tourism industry in the Kingdom. Discussions were held between educators and those in the private sector, with workshops addressed toward students from different majors. There was also a career fair that focused toward the most important recruiters in the market.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Sini, dean of the tourism college in King Abdul Aziz University said, “The private sector has always complained that there is a gap between the skills of the graduates and the needs of the market; we had a successful experience at KAU and we are here to share our experiences, learn about international experiences, and come up with an agreement on a strategic plan to improve tourism and hospitality departments in Saudi Arabia.”
The conference had international guests from the College of Hospitality Management at the University of Hong Kong and Lausanne Hotels in Switzerland.
According to Al-Sini, 80 percent of graduates are males, but starting next year, three bachelor majors will be available for female students at KAU, which are: Travel and tourism management; events management and heritage resources. There will be one master’s program in events management.
The tourism career fair saw the most important recruiters of tourism enterprises, hotels, airlines, and entertainment companies such as Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Zad company, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, and Sheraton Hotels.