Marriott International has launched its Tahseen programme for the third year in Saudi Arabia, reinforcing its commitment to developing Saudi Arabia’s future hospitality leaders.

Launched in 2018 in partnership with Cornell University, Tahseen aims to fast track the next generation of hospitality leaders in the Middle East. This year’s programme in Saudi Arabia will see 52 candidates join the 12-month curriculum, which will accelerate their development as future leaders in the industry.

The unique and highly individualised programme focuses on practical application across all departments as well as an in-depth understanding of leadership skills led by teams across Marriott’s participating hotels. Over the course of 12 months, Tahseen provides candidates with operational experience and theoretical training, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and experience to accelerate in leadership roles within the industry.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautionary measures, this year’s Tahseen programme will be held remotely through virtual classes. Tahseen will also continue to offer all Tahseen candidates first-hand experience through Cornell University’s e-learning platforms and a university-led development programme tailored specifically for the programme.

The third year of Tahseen involves 52 candidates, including three from Bahrain and almost 50 per cent of participants are women, marking the highest enrolment of females into the programme since its launch in 2018.