Mount Kenya University Rwanda (MKUR) is building a hotel to train its students in hospitality. Can you provide a suitable name for the next hotel and walk away with the cash prize of Rwf 6 million and a two night stay at the property?
Earlier this month, the university launched a naming contest open to its students, alumni and the general public.
At the launch, MKUR Vice-Chancellor Designate Prof. Edwin Odhuno urged students, alumni and the general public of the institution to participate in the competition.
“For a long time, MKUR has built the pride of Rwandan communities due to its commitment to infrastructure development and providing quality and affordable education. We are proud to partner with the public. We therefore invite all Rwandans to propose names for the training hotel. The potential winning names should resonate with the university’s mission to produce high quality hospitality and tourism personnel in support of Rwanda’s development agenda.
The proposed name can be submitted at the following link: https://forms.office.com/BtQ5kJjWtB
The deadline for submitting names is July 30, 2022.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism is one of MKUR’s centers of excellence.
The hotel establishment will strengthen its training component and transform its graduates to integrate seamlessly into the labor market and help build one of the fastest growing sectors in Rwanda.
The facility will be one of a kind in the Great Lakes region and is being compared with the following hotels, among others: Swiss Hotel Schools Les-Roches-Suisse, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration of USA and Hong Kong Polytechnic University .
A suitable name for the future hotel will walk away with the cash prize of Rwf6 million and a two-night stay at the property.
Dr. John Nyiligira, deputy vice chancellor for institutional advancement at MKUR, said the hospitality training hotel would be a game-changer in Rwanda. “MKUR will become the first university in Rwanda to have a hotel for the training of its students. Rwandans who need quality and world-class training in hospitality and tourism do not need to travel outside the country as this is available at MKUR.
Rwanda has seen a steady increase in its tourism and hospitality industry. Today, industry is one of the main employers and earners of foreign exchange. MKUR has made training for the industry a priority. The campus has created unique programs that support its commitment to pursuing hospitality education in the country, which will give individuals the opportunity to grow and reach their potential.
“Our vision is to develop future leaders with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to succeed in the tourism and hospitality industry. One way to do this is to forge relationships with leading schools to ensure our students maximum industrial exposure.We are also embarking on exchange programs where Rwandan students will travel to Kenya for their internship to learn from our extensive experience,” said Jane Kanjuru, Dean of the School of Welcome to MKU’s main campus in Kenya, during a talk show on Royal Radio after the launch.
The university collaborates with the University of Tartu in Estonia and Vincent Pol University in Poland. MKU is a member of the EUHOFA Congress, the umbrella organization for top hospitality management schools worldwide.
MKUR has graduated over 500 hospitality and tourism professionals at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.