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MKUR wins “Best Tourism and Hospitality University” award for the year 2022

On Saturday 3rd/Nov/2022, during the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism gala dinner held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali, Mount Kigali University was voted the best university in Tourism and Hospitality training.

The ceremony followed a week long of events (from 26th November to 3rd December) in which the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism together with its stakeholders from the continent and the Globe celebrated and recognized different tourism sectors for their efforts to recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

Receiving the award for the first time is a huge achievement for the Tourism and Hospitality department in MKUR as its a recognition of the efforts made in offering quality training, employing quality education staff with international experience as well as the contribution made by the graduates in the hospitality and tourism industry in Rwanda.

Tourism and hospitality students during a practical class with their lecturer (Right)
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Edwin Odhuno (second right) during a tour of the Tourism department

Speaking to the Magazine sub editor, Mr. Paul Okumu the head of the department of Tourism and Hospitality at MKUR said the win is a demonstration of what teamwork can achieve.

MKUR Vice Chancellor (middle) receives the award from the head of Tourism and hospitality department Paul Okumu (left) as tourism lecturer Benson Abuto looks on.

The whole academic staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this recognition. Our students have been our greatest ambassadors not forgetting the management that has offered us all a platform to excel“. he added.

Gikundiro Deborah a student from the hospitality department who is yet to graduate and currently having her own catering business believes their department being recognized nationally is going to help them get good jobs and connections as every company will be looking forward to work with “winners”.

Gikundiro Deborah (center) with fellow students from the hospitality department

This is a very good thing for us students because by just mentioning that am from Mount Kenya University Rwanda, companies will not hesitate giving us opportunities as we have got something solid to prove our competence”, she said.

To farther boost the Hospitality and Tourism department at the university, MKUR is currently constructing a three star hotel whose completion is expected in April 2023 to give students a more hands-on experience and practical environment before they go out to the field.

Hospitality and Tourism students together with the Vice Chancellor (middle) place their award on the MKUR upcoming hotel monument.

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