KAMPALA – Victoria University has introduced a new course in the hospitality aimed boosting its relevance in the tertiary education. According to the Director Rajiv Ruparelia the university has started enrolment for the academic year at affordable rates.
“Management of Victoria University has yet again introduced housekeeping course. The six weeks course is to train more professional people in the hospitality industry especially hotels to revamp tourism that was drastically affected by COVID-19 pandemic,” he said Saturday April 17, 2021.
Management of Uganda’s hospitality sector is dominated by Kenyans trained at Utali Collage in western Kenya.
Uganda was projected to lose US$1.6 billion a year in earnings from tourism as visitors stay away due to the impact of the coronavirus according to President Museveni. Tourism is one of Uganda’s economic mainstays as the east African country attracts visitors to see a range of game including lions, giraffes, buffalos and others that roam its savannahs. Others are drawn by the mountain gorillas in forest in the southwest of the country on the border with Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
The president did not say what time frame he was referring to. Latest available data from the country’s statistics’ office shows Uganda earned $2 billion from tourism activities in 2017, up from $1.7 billion the previous year.
The International Monetary Fund said Uganda’s tourism earnings were expected to fall 54% in the 2019/20 (July-June) fiscal year, and decline 52% in the next year.
Rajive said the course jointly managed with Smiling Faces Limited goes for Shs400,000 is expected to help make Uganda more attractive to tourists among others.
The university licensed by National Council for Higher Education, is a subsidiary firm the Meera Group of Companies and is known for innovation providing a wide range of course. The University is one of the leading universities in Uganda and stands out as a centre for academic excellence,