The School’s International Institute of Tourism Studies will export tips on teaching tourism and hospitality to Jordan under a new pact between GW and the University of Jordan.
Under the agreement signed last month by GW President Steven Knapp and UJ President Ekhleif Tarawneh, the Institute will collaborate on the development of the University of Jordan’s three-year-old tourism and hospitality school in Aqaba, Jordan.
The agreement calls for the Institute to work with the Jordanian university to develop its tourism program through an exchange of research, faculty and scholars.
Established in 2009, the tourism school at Aqaba has 200 students enrolled in three programs. Tourism is the largest private employer in Jordan, and officials hope to create more jobs by increasing tourism education and training.
Kristin Lamoureux, a GWSB visiting assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, and the Institute’s director, said that developing a well-educated workforce “is the key to tourism that is both economically productive as well as socially beneficial.”
Lamoureux said Jordan offers much as a tourism destination, and “We look forward to working together to build an even stronger tourism workforce for Jordan and the entire region.”
GW was the first university in the United States to offer a master’s degree in tourism administration. In 1988, the Institute was created by GW and the U.N. World Tourism Organization.
The U.S. Agency for International Development in 2008 launched a multi-year project to support the development of tourism in Jordan. In Aqaba, where over 4,600 people were employed in 2010 in the tourism and hospitality sectors, it is estimated that another 13,000 tourism-related jobs could be created in restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, water sports, transportation and tour-guiding.
Posted by gwsb on June 19, 2012 | Filed under: GWSB News.