(eTN) - Started in 2006, when the college could only offer vocational training and certificate or diploma courses, the Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC) has been cleared by the Rwandan educational authorities to commence a full degree program, starting with a Bachelor's degree course for students now studying hospitality and tourism.
The college has more recently acquired new land to build a campus at an estimated cost of more than 10 billion Rwanda francs, which when complete, will form a key component in the country's drive to inject greater homegrown professionalism into the tourism and hospitality sector, where the lack of skills has often been decried.
A regular source at the Rwanda Development Board had this to say: âManpower development for the sector ranks very high in the national agenda for Rwanda. The country is aware of some deficits here and there to lift our service delivery to the standard levels of say Kenya. But the private and public sectors have been working hand in hand to address this issue and bring in trainers and lecturers, promote on the job training and offer decentralized courses, so that we can match our country's tourism attractions with equally good service levels.â
A number of privately-owned tourism training institutions have of late either opened or applied for recognition and licenses to provide, in years to come, skilled labor to an ever-growing number of hotels and safari lodges now springing up along the scenic lake shores of Lake Kivu or near the country's presently three national parks of Akagera, Nyungwe Forest, and Volcanoes.