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Competitiveness = People Abilities

“There is no successful firm in the world that undermines the abilities of people that work for it” – SCOTHEE

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Archievements

Achievements of SCOTHEE since Sept 2008.

  • Conducted a needs assessment workshop with members of Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) and Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and a report was generated. Photo
  • SCOTHEE Uganda Team visited University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for a best practice study of their hospitality and tourism programmes and to meet their UK partners for the first time. They also visited the TWEED Valley region of rural SCOTLAND for destination management meetings. They also attended the World Travel Markets in London.
  • SCOTHEE hosted Rory McLellan from the University of Strathclyde (HE UK partner) and conducted a Curriculum Development workshop for Bachelor of Hospitality Management which was attended by all relevant service units of the University including part-time Lecturers on the Tourism programme. A draft Bachelors programme is being developed and it is now ready for processes of the University.
  • Rory McLellan and SCOTHEE Team visited the western region of Uganda (Albertine Rift/Kibale, NP and QE NP) with the view of reporting on the state of hospitality and tourism in the region. Some of the results of the survey were presented at the ATLAS conference in Botswana by Rory McLellan in June this year.
  • SCOTHEE conducted a Public Lecture on “Networks and Partnerships for Sustainable Destination Development” in partnership with Competitiveness Investment Climate Strategy (CICS), Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Makerere University Private Sector Forum at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.
  • SCOTHEE conducted a workshop involving students of the Bachelor Tourism Management to consult them on their career needs and expectations. It was blessed by presentations from Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) and the Manager of Makerere University Guest House.
  • SCOTHEE Lead Co-ordinator constituted a Four (4) member working committee to develop short courses and for sustainability of the programmes. The working committee has been able to raise awareness on the need for practical training on the hospitality management course and consequently, the Management of the University accepted to allow SCOTHEE to pilot training in the Guest House. Some of SCOTHEE objectives have also been made part of the Guest House Development Plan.
  • SCOTHEE team and the Western Cluster Representative were hosted for a radio talk show at Radio West Mbarara on enhancing the competitiveness of the Hospitality Industry.
  • SCOTHEE conducted a training workshop for Uganda Hotel Owners Association Western Cluster Members and their Managers at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara.
  • SCOTHEE Four (4) member team visited Kenya Utalii College (KUC) for a collaboration meeting and to study the college's training programmes and facilities. Kenya Utalii College agreed to a return visit to Makerere University.
  • The Department of Geography, SCOTHEE hosted Kenya Utalii College's two (2) Man delegation for four days and the objective of the meeting was to draft a Memorandum of Understanding between Makerere University and Kenya Utalii College involving research and training for the two institutions and the region. The MOU is being studied by the Legal Departments of the two institutions and a date will be set for signing the MOU any late 2009.
  • SCOTHEE Team, KUC and Kampala Serena Hotel which is the leading hospitality provide in East Africa met and agreed to partner in manpower development for the hospitality industry.
  • SCOTHEE also conducted a one day workshop at Namirembe Guest House in Kampala involving the Department of Geography Tourism Lecturers to discuss the draft curriculum of Hospitality Management and other issues affecting the Tourism Programmes competitiveness. It was also agreed in that same meeting to create a Tourism Programmes Advisory Board composed of leading industry leaders and professionals.
  • SCOTHEE hosted Prof. Thomas Baum, the main partner at the University of Strathclyde. During his stay in Uganda, Professor Baum met with the working committee of SCOTHEE to critic and add on SCOTHEE draft programmes and future plans. He met and opened ground for SCOTHEE with various members of the Industry in Uganda who included the Minister of State for Tourism, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance, Makerere University, The Jinja based Crested Crane Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (HTTI) staff members and the British Council Uganda.
  • Professor Baum also conducted a workshop involving the nominated Tourism Programmes Advisory Board members at Kampala Serena Hotel where he presented a paper on the need for industry support in training for their needs. The workshop was blessed by the Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority.
  • Professor Baum also Made a public speech to Makerere University Tourism Students interested in the Hospitality and Tourism Career on “Career Development Challenges and Opportunities: the Future of a Hospitality and Tourism Management Graduate” at Makerere University Main Hall.
  • SCOTHEE Co-ordinator also keeps networking with various Associations and personalities in Uganda, regionally and internationally. For example SCOTHEE intends to mobilise all Hospitality and Tourism Training Institutions in Uganda to embrace the idea of competitive training and research in Tourism.
  • SCOTHEE has started registering Alumni of Tourism Management since its inception with a view of keeping them closer to the current students.
 
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