Human resource is notably a substantive factor necessary for the development of the tourism and hospitality sector and ensuring that Rwanda Safaris are successful and memorable. In a bid to achieve this, the College of Business and Economics at the University of Rwanda intends to start up a fully fledged school of Tourism and Management.
The arrangement was disclosed at the work shop that was held at the College’s Gikondo Campus. The work shop was arranged in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and presented a common ground for the tourism and hospitality stakeholders among which include the RwandAir, Rwanda Development Board, Chamber of Tourism under the Private Sector Federation, Workforce Development Authority and students to discuss the issues of the new school and its possible contribution to Rwanda Safari tours.
Running under the theme “Linking High Learning Institutions with the Industry to Increase Productivity and Boost the Tourism Industry,” the workshop presented a platform where the new school holistic approach as regards tourism programmes was structured before the school opening in September. The function was also provided a rich ground for all-inclusive participation from the range of stakeholders emerging from diverse sector roles.
The Acting College Principal Prof. Murty Kopparthi noted that the initiative to start the tourism and management school was in response to the increased demand for establishments that would offer quality education, research and training in tourism and hospitality at the University level in Rwanda. The potential niches like Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) are apparently among the Rwanda’s key target areas that would include safaris to Rwanda but this would definitely require skilled work force if they are to succeed.
The principal demonstrated the compelling need of consolidating a range of Rwanda’s targets and extend support to the country’s tourism and hospitality sector through high focused education, policy-oriented research and result oriented training facilities at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The school will offer undergraduate, graduate and PhD.
The tourism training would increase capacity in the sector’s labor force thus building the ability to serve fully the diverse travelers on tours in Rwanda including those on the famous Rwanda gorilla Safaris. Apparently, the education programmes in the tourism and hospitality field exist at lower level institutions while only University of Tourism and Business has the programmes at University level.