Minister of Tourism and Antiquities tours the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Suzanne Afaneh visited the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) on Sunday, October 3rd 2010, during which she was briefed about the Academy’s operations and given a tour of its facilities, which included visiting a class being taught by the Academy’s Director Mr. Anton Wursch.
The Minister was also informed about the many opportunities that await the academy’s graduates, locally, regionally and internationally. She also met with a group of RACA’s students who explained the notable improvement they gained in their knowledge and skills since enrolling at the academy and their excitement at the prospects that await them upon their graduation.
Afaneh expressed her admiration of the facilities and the superior level of knowledge and expertise showcased by the Academy’s faculty and students, stressing that the Academy shoulders a responsibility of being the benchmark for culinary education, in Jordan and the region. She further expressed her elation that a greater number of students are approaching fields of education that are still considered unconventional in our culture, attributing this evolution in thinking to the successful promotional campaigns devised by RACA towards bolstering awareness on culinary arts and the prosperous careers they present.
The Minister stated that there is a current demand for 3,000 qualified and trained specialists in the field of hospitality and culinary arts, most of which are being recruited from abroad, which is a clear indication that the tourism sector can absorb graduates in the hospitality and culinary sectors.
Tamir Shaaban, Public Relations Manager at RACA, underscored the important role played by the Academy in the Jordanian tourism sector, quoting a recent study which indicated that over the next five years; approximately 5,000 job opportunities per year will be available in the Kingdom’s tourism sector, of which the culinary arts constitute an integral element. He added that the Academy, with its product offering of an internationally accredited diploma program, ensures the supply of skilled and qualified professionals to the Jordanian workforce.
“We were honored with the visit made by Her Excellency Suzanne Afaneh, as it reflects the government’s commitment to making Jordan a preferred tourism destination on many levels, particularly academic tourism,” commented Shaaban. “The objectives outlined by RACA fall in line with those of the government, as one of our main goals is to have a positive impact on the hospitality sector in Jordan.”
RACA has become the benchmark for a culinary arts education in Jordan and the region by implementing the professional method of Swiss education and training. The Academy offers diplomas in culinary arts coupled with the opportunity for students to earn a bachelors degree through the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, by bridging to any of the Les Roches campuses in Switzerland, Spain, and the US.
Founded in 2008, RACA has graduated 2 classes comprising of 22 diploma students. This year, 45 new students have joined the academy, raising the total number of its student base to 105. Applications for the semester beginning in January 2011 are now being accepted.