Valletta – President of the Republic of Malta, Ms. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, welcomed the boosting of cooperation between her country and Jordan in all fields, especially in the sector of Tourism and Hotels and training human forces and university students, which makes it possible to advance tourism and investment relations between the countries of Europe and the Middle East.
That was announced during the President’s meeting with Dr. Taleb Al-Refai, the former Secretary General of World Tourism Organization, and Dr. Yacoub Nasereddin, President of YAN Investment Group and Middle East University’s Board of Trustees, who participated as keynote speakers in the Hotels and Restaurants’ Association’s Annual General Conference in Malta, which was held concurrently with the celebrations of Malta’s national day.
Dr. Taleb Al-Refai spoke before the conference about the importance of the Mediterranean Basin as a region that holds human civilizations and the role of tourism as an effective tool to achieve coherence and understanding between nations, civilizations, and cultures.
Dr. Yacoub Nasereddin emphasized the role which universities could undertake in providing the sector of Tourism with graduates of tourism and hotels’ colleges after training and qualifying them to work in this sector, in addition to employing scientific researches and field studies to develop tourism areas, advance their communities, promoting local and traditional crafts, and increasing the added value for tourism commodities.
He also spoke about the role undertaken by Middle East Travel and Tourism Development Network Center affiliated with Middle East University, which includes personnel and experts from the region, in order to activate the motto of “Tourism Brings Us Together” and make it a method to achieve openness and international cooperation.
During the conference, an agreement was signed between the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MEU and the Hotels and Restaurants’ Association in order to train Tourism students in the University with the possibility of providing them with jobs, due to the capacities of tourism facilities that allow the employment of human forces from university graduates from all over the world.
The Middle East University was founded in 2005 as a Graduate Studies University with twelve specializations. Towards the beginning of the academic year 2008-2009 the university opened twenty specializations for both Graduate and Undergraduate students with the ongoing growth in staff and students.