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The Hybrid Training Program for Tourism Guidance Students at the University of Sharjah for Summer Semester 2020/2021

University of Sharjah 4 JUN 20215 AM

 

Third Announcement

The Hybrid Training Program for Tourism Guidance Students at the University of Sharjah for Summer Semester 2020/2021

The Department of History and Islamic Civilization, Tourism Guidance Program at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences organized the hybrid training program for Tourism Guidance students on Sunday 6/05/2021.

The program was held under the patronage of Prof. Adnan Ibrahim Sirhan, Assistant Chancellor of Branch Affairs, and in the presence of Prof. Hussain AL-Othman, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Prof. Mesut Idriz, Chair of the Department of History and Islamic Civilization. 

The sessions were moderated by Dr.Saleh Muhammad Zeki Mahmood Al-Leheabi, Deputy Assistant Chancellor for Branch Affairs, Chairman of the Training Committee in the History Department- Dhaid Branch, and supervised by Dr. Dr.As'ad Hammad Aburumman Asaad, Coordinator of the University's Tourism Guidance Program.

Prof. Adnan Sarhan, Assistant Chancellor of Branch Affairs, stressed the importance of students returning to training sites to acquire more practical skills from the field, stressing that the tourism guidance program enjoys a good reputation in the country's academic and local circles, calling upon the students to adhere to the instructions in training sites and reflect a bright image of the University of Sharjah to the training authorities.

Prof. Hussain AL-Othman, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences highlighted the importance and usefulness of practical training for university students since it enhances their readiness to meet the requirements of the labor market and get acquainted with its procedures. He also thanked those in charge of organizing the training program with its useful workshop for students.

In his speech, Jassim Albastaki, Vice Chairman of of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Tourist Guide Association, and the Secretary-General of the Arab Federation of Tourist Guides, discussed the importance of partnership with the University of Sharjah and cooperation in all areas that serve tourism guidance profession and increase the rate of Emiratization in this profession, stressing that the Association offers its expertise to serve the local community.

Khaled Al Shehhi, Director of the Sharjah Heritage Institute branch in Khorfkan  , and a representative of Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, Chairman of Sharjah Heritage Institute, thanked the University of Sharjah for its cooperation with the government agencies, including Sharjah Heritage Institute, stressing that the institute with all its branches in the Emirate of Sharjah began receiving students, and will continue to cooperate and provide the best experiences for students to maximize their knowledge in the training field.

Salma Al-Zaabi of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, addressed the importance of receiving the students to practical training, stressing that the authority is pleased with this cooperation, highlighting the importance of students' compliance to health requirements during their presence at the authority's sites in various areas of Sharjah, and that the Authority will offer its assistance for students in their training program.

The hybrid training program of tourism guidance includes two parts. The first part is related to sending students to practical training sites, which amount to more than thirteen sites, belonging to a group of official bodies, namely the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah Museums Authority and Sharjah Heritage Institute, where students will spend an average of 30-50 working hours at these sites, adhering to all heath requirements in place in the training institutions.

The second part of the hybrid training program includes the virtual aspect. The university will offer more than 20 training workshops in partnership with the Emirates Tourist Guide Association, Sharjah Heritage Institute, the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah Museum Authority, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority, Ministry of Health and Community Protection, and a group of specialized tour guides who were hosted to implement part of these workshops. Students will spend a total of 99 hours of virtual training on the University platform on Microsoft Teams.

The virtual training includes, in part, nine workshops for the license of tourist guidance that the students will apply for on a special platform provided by the Commerce & Tourism Development Authority. The students enter the platform in nine stages equivalent to (45 training hours). Each stage that the student passes, s/he will take the test until s/he obtains a license to practice the profession of tourism guidance. The training program continues until until 12 July 2021 of the current summer semester 2020-2021.

 



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