Oman Tourism College part time study programme boosts careers in tourism

Ramping up efforts to raise industry standards for careers in tourism and hospitality, Oman Tourism College offers Catch up Degree programmes for industry professionals interested in enhancing their academic credentials to meet Oman’s growing tourism sector. The part-time study programme is being offered across all majors currently being offered by the college – Tourism and Hospitality Management, Event Management and Tourism Marketing - giving candidates the unique opportunity to boost career prospects in the industry.

Commenting on the course, Dr. Abdulkarim Al Mughairi, Dean of OTC, said, “The Sultanate’s hospitality and tourism sector is on the cusp of a major turnaround with massive developments opening up fresh opportunity for investment, tourism and employment. OTC has been alert to the constantly evolving dynamics of the sector and strives to develop industry specific courses in response to these changes. The part-time study programmes have been designed to ensure that professionals stay up-to-date and relevant while pursuing careers in the tourist and hospitality industry.”

The college’s part-time studies are open to all nationalities providing Bachelors’ Degrees for majors in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Event Management and Tourism Marketing. It is conducted four days a week from Sunday through Wednesday providing industry professionals and students alike the flexibility of pursing higher education in the tourism and hospitality sector while working a fulltime job.

Dr. Abdulkarim added that the part time study course will provide a critical advantage to Oman’s tourism sector especially following the government’s plans for economic diversification and its mandated shift away from oil based revenues. “The tourism sector is one of the country’s chief economic pillars in the aftermath of diversification. As one of the most rapidly growing non-oil sectors it has immense potential to expedite the Sultanate’s strategic changeover to a non-oil dependent economy and become a key contributor to the country’s GDP. Our curriculum is developed to support the government’s focus on economic diversification and supplement plans to promote the growth of Oman’s tourism sector and maximise its potential.”

Classes for OTC’s part time study programme are usually from 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. (depending on the timetable) to 9:00 p.m. so that candidates can balance their commitments at work.