· Students honoured for successful completion of Certificate Programmes in Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retail and Culinary Arts
· Students can now transition into Dubai’s thriving tourism workforce, or progress onto Diploma and Applied Bachelor’s programmes
Dubai, UAE; 18 July 2019: The Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), a training and vocational education institution established by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), yesterday celebrated the achievements and accomplishments of the graduating class of 2019 in a special graduation ceremony held at the Intercontinental Festival City. Certificates in Tourism, Hospitality, Events, Retail and Culinary Arts were awarded by the Director General of Dubai Tourism,His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, to students for successful completion of their first year before an audience of college peers, teachers, and their families. The graduation ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Ahmad Julfar, Director General of Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA), which supported DCT’s vocational training programme by sponsoring some of the students with scholarships.
Mr. Tawhid Abdulla, Chairman of Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group delivered an impactful keynote speech that highlighted the importance of relevant industry experience for the careers of students. The Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group endorsed a number of scholarships for students at DCT, inviting them to participate in internships during the first year of their chosen programme.
DCT continues to offer innovative educational experiences to empower students of all levels to succeed in the city’s thriving tourism sector, with courses designed and conducted by industry expert instructors using interactive and immersive hands-on teaching techniques. With the successful completion of their first years, graduating students will now be able to progress to the Diploma programme, which takes a further 6 months of study and then onto the Applied Bachelor’s degree programme, with an additional year of study. Students have the opportunity to attain an Applied Bachelor’s degree at the College over the period of just two and a half years, for a much lower cost than traditional universities.
Essa Bin Hadher, General Manager of DCT, said: “We extend our congratulations to all DCT’s graduates on this momentous occasion as they take the next steps towards rewarding careers in Dubai’s thriving tourism and hospitality industries. Their success is a reflection of DCT’s commitment to empower all our students with experiential learning – be it through year-round collaborative initiatives with our valued network of industry partners, immersive site visits, guest lectures, or even DCT’s active internship programme that has been specifically designed to ensure students excel once they enter the industry. I am confident that these graduating students will go on to become great ambassadors for the College, and more importantly, contribute effectively towards building our dynamic society with their hard work and determination as the next generation of leaders in the tourism industry.”
DCT is a vocational education college that is accredited by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA), allowing students to gain both academic knowledge and career experience. With a specially curated curriculum that meets the needs of both students and future employers, DCT courses move away from the traditional academic university programmes to provide a hands-on approach that is unrivalled within the industry.
About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate. Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector, and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.
About Dubai College of Tourism (DCT)
DCT runs the first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary educational platform in the region. The College provides foundation, certificate and diploma courses in tourism, hospitality, retail, events and culinary arts through the TVET accreditation framework. DCT aims to be recognised as the premier vocational institution in the region with its courses bridging the gap between in-house training and a full bachelor’s degree, ensuring a steady stream of highly trained tourism professionals for the city. The college is also responsible for delivering fundamental programmes specifically designed for those working within the tourism industry, such as ‘Dubai Way’ (for tourist-facing staff in Dubai) and ‘Dubai Expert’ (an interactive online training tool for international travel agents).