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Makerere University and Kenya Utalii College Sign an MOU

Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Lilian Tibatemwa and Dr. Keneth Ombongi at the signing of MOU

Makerere University and Kenya Utalii College signed an MOU to partner in training, research, Staff and Student exchange programme. Kenya Utalii College is now an affiliated College of the University of Nairobi offering degrees in hospitality and travel management. The signing took place on 16th June 2010 at Makerere University Council room.

It is envisaged that the MOU between Makerere University and Kenya Utalii College will enhance the employability of tourism management graduates at Makerere University by promoting a good balance between theory and practice. The MOU was facilitated by SCOTHEE Programme in the Department of Geography with financial assistance from Development Partnerships in High Education (DELPHE) and British Council. Read more 

Uganda's Tourism Stakeholders agree to Work with Makerere University

Uganda Hotel Owners Association and the Association of Uganda Tour Operators have agreed to work together with Makerere University to improve tourism and hospitality management training in Uganda. This was agreed at meeting between SCOTHEE, Makerere University, Delegation from Kenya Utalii College lead by the College Principal and Uganda's top tourism industry representatives at Humura Hotel on Thursday 17th June 2010.

Top representatives of the Industry who included the Chairman of UTA, Mr Amos Wekesa, Executive Director of UHOA Mr. Ismail Sekandi and the Chairman of AUTO, Mr. Byamukama conceded that Uganda's tourism industry is less competitive compared to that Kenya and attributed it to poor training at all levels. They thanked Makerere University for bringing Kenya Utalii College close to Uganda and applauded the Memorundum of Understanding they have entered. They described the MOU as a big opportunity and that it is in line with industry training objectives. The Puplic-Private sector meeting was achieved with assistance from Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DELPHE/DFID) and British Council.


The SCOTHEE Project recently launched a Bachelor of Tourism Management Student Handbook which aims at changing the mindset of tourism students towards a tourism and hospitality management career. This is part of SCOTHEE's objective of strengthening competitiveness of tourism enterprises and education in Uganda by orienting students to different career options in tourism and hospitality explore ways of skilling themselves for their early found jobs while still at Makerere University. The handbook explains how students can use all the resources in and around the university in order to BE SMART.


SCOTHEE Welcomes an Intern Student from Wageningen University

Amos Ochieng, an M.Sc. Leisure, Tourism and Environment student at Wageningen University has joined SCOTHEE, Department of Geography as an Intern Student from September - December 2010. During his stay, Amos will be working with the SCOTHEE team on the tourism and hospitality human resource creativity and professional development objective as well as developing a framework for knowledge transfer and applied research (hospitality and tourism) at Makerere University.

Amos joined the prestigious Wageningen University in 2009 and he is the former Assistant Co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Tourism Management Programme at Makerere University.

SCOTHEE is blessed to have him share the knowledge that he has acquired on the M.Sc. Programme and we believe his stay will contribute alot to the development of the tourism sector here in Uganda.

We welcome and wish you a successful internship



Makerere University, Department of Forestry, Bio-Diversity and Tourism - SCOTHEE programme, Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) and Kenya Utalii College (KUC) are organising a three day Management Development Course for Owners and Managers of Small and Medium Hotel and Lodges in Uganda. The Executive Development Course that will cover general trends in hotel management (Hospitality Best Practices, Food and Beverage Operations and Human Resource Management) is scheduled to take place here in Uganda between 8 - 10 June 2011.

On realisation that many Uganda Hotel Owners who sometimes double as full-time managers of their hotels may not actually have a background in hotel management, MAK, UHOA and KUC have decided to partner in runing an executive development programme that will empower UHOA members to usefully participate in day to day management operations of their hotels. This is also part of the activities that MAK and KUC agreed to work on jointly in an MOU that was signed in June 2010 at Makerere University.

Visit of Professor Tom Baum, University of Strathclyde and Rory McLellan from Edniburgh Napier University

Makerere University, Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism will from 24th to 30th of July 2011 host Tom Baum, a Professor of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (Human Resource Management) from University of Strathclyde, Scotland and Rory McLellan (Marketing for Tourism) from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland on Strengthening the Competitiveness of Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises and Education in Uganda (SCOTHEE) programme. During their stay in Uganda the world leading academics in the area hospitality and tourism management will facilitate on various activities that will include; a one day workshop on implementing a tourism and hospitality management curriculum: towards a competitive graduate” at Makerere University. The workshop will involve members of staff on the Bachelor Tourism programme and representatives of tourism and hospitality industry in Uganda. They will also facilitate on a two day workshop in Kalangala Islands on “Hotel Business on Small Islands: Human resource and marketing systems” in partnership with the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) and Kalangala Hotel Owners Association (KHOA). They will also witness the signing of MOU between the key tourism and hospitality trade associations in Uganda i.e. UHOA and AUTO to work on issues of mutual interest in the development of the tourism industry in Uganda.


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