Building on our experience working with King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre where we have delivered Office Administration (Medical Secretary) training in the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah for the past seven years, Niagara College is pleased to announce that it has been asked by the Colleges of Excellence of Saudi Arabia to provide hospitality, tourism, culinary and business training in the city of Taif. The Taif campus, currently under construction, is situated in the province of Mecca, the largest tourism region in Saudi Arabia. The building of the Taif Campus is part of Saudi Arabia’s Colleges of Excellence program to provide increased access to high quality applied education through the building of 26 new vocational and technical training colleges.
Subject to finalizing the agreement, it is anticipated that Niagara College will launch a foundation year program to an inaugural group of 150 – 200 students at the Taif campus in September, focused on English language training and academic skills acquisition, with successful students continuing into business, hospitality and tourism diploma programs in September of 2015. In addition to its teaching facilities, the Taif campus will also have a teaching hotel and restaurant on-site that, similar to the learning enterprises at the NOTL and Welland campuses in Canada, that will provide on-campus experiential learning and work opportunities for students.
The King Faisal Specialist Hospital project has been very positive – both for the students in Saudi Arabia who have received an outstanding applied education, and for the Niagara College faculty and staff who have gained valuable international experience. Our work in Saudi Arabia is part of Niagara College’s rich tradition in international education – both through a rapidly growing enrollment of international students and through international partnerships, development projects and learning opportunities around the globe. This new venture is part of the College’s efforts to expand its entrepreneurial revenue and international linkages by leveraging its global reputation for excellence in applied training, with a focus on student success and graduates who are both work-ready and world-ready.
Further updates on this initiative will be provided as plans develop. Those with questions are asked to please contact Sean Coote, director of International, or Sean Kennedy, vice-president of Student and External Relations.