Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El Gazzar has held an expanded meeting to discuss ways to begin implementing the international branch campus (IBC) of Egypt’s first hospitality management school in New Alamein, or Swiss-based “University of Lausanne (UNIL),” Invest-Gate reports.

El Gazzar, in the attendance of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El Anani, Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and Swiss Ambassador to Cairo Paul Garnier, among other officials, along with a representative of the Lausanne Hospitality Advisory Authority, emphasized the significance of the new IBC in upping the benchmark across the North Coast area, according to a December 8 ministerial statement.

Egypt’s branch of the UNIL will help position New Alamein on the global investment map for attracting a plethora of Arab and Middle Eastern students, while also boosting tourist influx in the new coastal city for operating all year round upon inauguration in the near future, the minister explained, before reviewing the technical aspects of design.

On his part, El Anani underscored that the internationally acclaimed project will contribute to brewing a new generation of highly-trained, skilled, and competent students in the field of hospitality management. Accordingly, this would raise the ceiling of tourism and hotel work in Egypt, on top of neighboring countries.

In November 2019, initial designs for New Alamein’s UNIL branch have been officially concluded by one of the global consultancy offices. The 39.5-acre academy, one of the top hospitality management schools in the world, will encompass the main building, dormitories, ballrooms, sports hall, an administration building, and a diverse range of eateries, El Gazzar announced in an earlier statement.