200 New Hospitality Scholarships for Preparatory School Graduates
The Sawiris Foundation initiated this scholarship program in 2002, when the German Hotel School was launched, with a donation for its equipment and premises from Orascom Development Holdings. Believing in the quality of education provided by the German Hotel School in El Gouna, Misr El Kheir Foundation also provided funding for this scholarship program in 2014.
A new protocol of cooperation between SFSD and Misr El Kheir Foundation was signed in order to launch a new scholarship program for the preparatory school graduates to obtain technical diplomas in Hotel management from the German Hotel School in El Gouna.
200 fully funded scholarships to be awarded for five years, with an average of 40 scholarships per year, starting from the 2015/2016. A total budget of more than EGP 1.6 million is allocated to fund this program, in order to empower and enhance the skills of new recruits in the tourism and hotels sector.
This scholarship program is designed for the students from Upper Egypt and the border governorates. The period of study (theoretical and practical) is 3 years to be followed by intensive practical training in top hotels in the country. The academic curriculum is delivered in German language, with the aim of helping students develop their linguistic abilities to function effectively in various positions within the field. All selected applicants have to pass the admission tests at the German Hotel School including written, performance and physical ability tests, as well as personal interviews. The scholarship package includes full tuition fees, living expenses, and boarding accommodation under the educational supervision of the school.
The importance of this project comes from the fact that the tourism sector is a major player in Egyptian economy particularly as a source of foreign currency. In addition, the tourism sector is already a major employer that requires a highly-skilled workforce able to compete for, and succeed in, the hotel service industry.