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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea launches tourism scholarship program for high school graduates

RIYADH: The Red Sea Development Company recently launched a scholarship program for high school graduates to study international hotel management in partnership with Prince Mugrin University and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

The program aims to provide young Saudis pursuing a career in tourism with hands-on experience in the sector and international expertise to help build the Kingdom into a world-class tourist destination.

The curriculum of the program equips students with the knowledge and experience based on Swiss and international hospitality standards to succeed in the growing sector.

One of TRSDC’s missions is to develop the talents of Saudis to specialize in different branches of tourism and hospitality.

Upon completion of the program, TRSDC plans to help qualified students find employment in their field.

The launch of the program follows the second agreement of the TRSDC Grants program signed with the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and the University of Prince Mugrin in Medina.

The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is known as the first hotel school created in 1893 in Switzerland. Prince Mugrin University in Medina provides training for students in a variety of fields and research programs.

Students can choose between two tracks, including an accelerated four-year program that skips the preparatory year and proceeds directly to the major.

The second program option is a five-year program that begins with a preparation year before students can qualify to start their major.

To enter the program, applicants must meet a set of requirements.

The program is open to Saudi nationals with a high school diploma (as a full-time student) from within the Kingdom or an overseas equivalent.

Applicants must apply within five years of graduating from high school and must be under the age of 23 with a standard admission test and cognitive ability tests of 60% and above.

In order for applicants to enter the Accelerated Programme, they must score six or more on their IELTS or equivalent test and must submit a statement of purpose essay in English explaining why they wish to participate in the programme.

Interested students can learn more about application requirements by visiting the Red Sea Development Company programs page.

Registration for the program is open from July 28 to August 4, 2022.