The Hospitality Industry is one of the most important industries that demands specialrequirements and skills in those who are willing to be part of the career. It has beenthought that recent graduates of the hospitality educational institutes are not qualifiedenough to perform effectively in this ever-changing industry. This research poses somemajor questions emphasizing the main problems that –if answered- can help solving someof the major issues that are forming the gap between the academic studies and thehospitality industry in Egypt. The research approached three categories; representing themain parties of the hospitality career: Hotel Managers, Hospitality EducationalProfessionals and students. The responses gathered will focus on the problems facingeach party, thus suggesting ways to overcome them and finding simple approaches tohelp hospitality industry get better graduates of the Hospitality Educational institutions.The research follows a descriptive analytical method, criticizing recent methods used insupplying graduates with the information they need to know before they start working inthe hospitality career.
Introduction and Overview:
Higher Education in Egypt may be considered the oldest education system in the world.(EL MAHDY, 2001) stated that in recent years approximately one-third of the studentsenter general secondary schools, the traditional route to universities. Almost 70% of students are channeled into technical secondary education, but less than 20% gainemployment when they leave.
Current State of the Higher Education System in Egypt:
Overall Education Structure
When talking about higher education, it is very difficult to rule out the restof the educational ladder prior to higher education. Outputs fromsecondary education are the normal stream of higher education. Thecurrent overall education structure in Egypt by age and level isschematically represented in the layout shown in Fig. (1). The layout gives