Tourism College in Dubai offers scholarships to expats and locals

Published:  4 Jul at 6 PM
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Tagged: Dubai, UAE, Study Abroad
Dubai’s College of Tourism is preparing to award a number of full scholarships to expat as well as emirati students.

The educational institute, part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, is joining with the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group to award 20 full scholarships to selected applicants for their Certificate of Retailing course due to kick off in September. The grants are the first in a series to be awarded under the auspices of the DCT Student Fund and are to be aimed at expat students as well as their emirati counterparts. The course itself is tourism-centred and is part of the UAE’s move towards decentralising its economy away from its reliance on oil revenues.

Successful candidates for the scholarships will have their total tuition costs covered and will also be able to apply for start-level career posts within the DGJG network after graduation. Candidates are expected to provide a letter of motivation as to their suitability for a scholarship as well as other documentation, and must successfully complete an English language assessment and a numeracy test. Of course, there’ll also be a personal interview. According to a DGJG spokesperson, the scholarships are the first of many to be issued in order to equip new graduates with hands-on experience in the workplace in addition to qualifications.

Chair of DGJG Tawhid Abdullah told local media he believes training and development are the roads leading to success in business, with equipping new graduates with both through study and practical internships the way forward. Dubai, he added, is looking to become a leading world destination for leisure, shopping and tourism, and will need young, trained professionals to further its ambition. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi University has announced the construction of a new campus as a part of the emirate’s National Strategy for Higher Education 2030. The new facility will cost some Dh300 million and span some 28,000 square metres. It’s scheduled to be finished by September next year, and will hold 70 classrooms, laboratories, libraries, a food court, gym and clinic as well as a prayer room on each floor. According to a spokesperson for the university, it’ll meet growing student demand in addition to providing a holistic, modern educational environment.
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