For the fifth consecutive year, undergraduate students from the Department of Tourism of the College of Arts & Social Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University, completed their summer training in Germany, with the support of INTEWO | World Habitat Society GmbH. In this summer, four male and two female students majoring in Hospitality Management, participated in the six weeks summer training with INTEWO in the Teutoburger Forest Nature Park, Germany. Results of the training will be published in a booklet later this autumn.
INTEWO is a leading think tank in the field of sustainable tourism development and education in the Sultanate of Oman. Being aware that young professionals benefit from practical and international experience, INTEWO funded a six weeks internship summer training for five students from Sultan Qaboos University‘s tourism department. The internship is part of an official cooperation between Oman and Germany, which has been signed by Oman‘s Ministry of Tourism and the Teutoburger Wald / Eggegebirge Nature Park and other relevant partners from the public and private sector. In the light of „Tourism and education for sustainable development“ the international student exchange is one of the mutual activities.
INTEWO and its German partner company World Habitat Society GmbH (WHS) prepared a diverse program for the students, which focused on aspects of environmentally considerate tourism, innovation in tourism, biodiversity conservation and education. To gain practical experience, the students were appointed with different organizations and tasks in Germany, which in each case reference to future tourism development in Oman.
The costs for the internship, including accommodation, local transport, language course etc. has been funded by INTEWO. Air-tickets for the students were provided by SQU.
Khalid Al Tobi, Chairman at INTEWO: „For us it is a matter of course to invest in international training opportunities for Omani students. These young professional are the future and we will benefit from the availability of qualified employees and future management.“
„Being with international colleagues and students is enriching the entire workflow in our organization. We all benefit from different views and this is helping us to develop new and sustainable ideas“ said Henning Schwarze, Managing Partner at WHS.
The student exchange between SQU and the partners in Germany took place for the third year in a row. Recently INTEWO, SQU and WHS started planning for the summer training in 2012. Qualified students will be appointed by SQU. Based on the great success of the activity, INTEWO and WHS are currently working on a concept to invite other organizations in Oman to participate in the international exchange and training.
INTEWO is a brand of Gulf Jewels Tours, with its head office in the Sultanate of Oman and branches in Germany and Ethiopia.