Eastern Mediterranean University, Tourism Faculty recently hosted Vocational High Schools Competitions’ Tourism Branch organised by the TRNC Ministry of Education and Culture.
During the competitions which took place at EMU Tourism Faculty application kitchens and Tower Restaurant, vocational high school students competed in “Local Cuisine” and “Basket” categories in the cuisine branch and “A La Carte Menu Service” and “Cocktail” categories in the service branch under the coordination of EMU Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Department academic staff members Kurtuluş Özbaşar, Hakan Açıl and Koral Karamanoğlu.
Participated by Karpaz Vocational High School, Haydarpaşa High School of Trade, Güzelyurt Vocational High School and Famagusta Vocational High School, the competition aimed at ensuring the communication and standardisation amongst schools as well as demonstrating the skills gained at vocational high schools to sectoral and university representatives.
A total of 40 students (14 in local cuisine category, 14 in basket category, 4 in A La Carte Menu Service category and 17 in cocktail category) demonstrated their skills during the competitions. EMU Tourism Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Hasan Kılıç stated that the faculty would be more than happy to host competitions as such during the coming years.
Delivering a speech at the competition award ceremony, TRNC Ministry of Education and Culture, Vocational Technical Education Department representative Gülsen Hocanın stated that they aim to ensure the communication and standardisation amongst schools as well as demonstrating the skills gained at vocational high schools to sectoral and university representatives. Hocanın stated that competitions as such play an important role in increasing the self-confidence of the students. At the end of her speech, Hocanın thanked EMU Tourism Faculty for hosting the organisation.
At the end of the competition, Tourism Faculty Vice Dean Assist. Prof. Dr. M. Güven Ardahan presented certificates of appreciation to the student assistants and jury members supporting the organisation of the competition. Assist. Prof. Dr. M. Güven Ardahan and Gülsen Hocanın then presented medals and cups to winning students and schools.