The tourism and hospitality industries are among the fast expanding industries in the world and are important top forex earners for Kenya. Kenya is endowed with rich faunal and floral biodiversity characterised by a myriad of terrestrial and marine plant and wildlife, natural and physical scenic features, and a growing diversity in the social-cultural heritage of the people.
To date conventional tourism has dominated the tourism sector in the region. However, the demand on land for agricultural use and other development activities is rising threatening the future sustainability of tourism resources.
The new tourism policy has put emphasis this on involvement of the local communities in managing tourism resources. The Government is determined to encourage and facilitate this approach. To achieve this the emphasis must be directed to sustainable ecotourism development as the core in this industry supported by expansion in the hospitality service sector. There is inadequate skilled manpower in this sector but the future of tourism needs product diversification, opening up of new tourist circuits, promotion of domestic tourism and provision of skilled manpower. The programme in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management is designed to train manpower to meet these challenges.
Development of ecotourism offers opportunities for diversification in tourism and haspotential to transform economies,conserve the environment and culture. This can be realised through increased involvement of all stakeholders in decision making and sharing of benefits. In order to actualize the above positive attributes of ecotourism, an expanded hospitality service network should be established.
This degree programme in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management at Egerton University provides competence to service providers in this industry by training new entrants or upgrading skills of those who are already in the industry. Tourism is a complex industry governed by the laws of supply and demand. The modern time tourist, especially ecotourists, demand more information and guidance on the tourism product‘s natural history than the amateur naturalist, who is sufficiently rewarded if he/she can see a great eagle soar across the sky or come upon a pride of lions resting in a thorn bush.
The programme will provide the competence needed to take the client to the next stage beyond identification i.e. to appreciate the ecology, behaviour and the tourism product‘s interrelationship with the environment. In the case of animals, behaviour is the most intricate and revealing part of an animal‘s natural history.
The aim of this BSc (Ecotoursim and Hospitality Management) degree programme is to equip the students with relevant technical and professional knowledge that will enable them to effectively manage the ecotourism and hospitality industry. The specific objectives of the programme is to:
At the completion of the training the B Sc. Ecotourism and Hospitality Management graduates should be able to:
In addition to satisfying the minimum admission requirement for Egerton University, the candidates should obtain at least grade C in Mathematics, C+ in Biology or B- in Biological Sciences, C in Chemistry, B- in Geography or History and Government, and at least C+ in English or Kiswahili at K.S.C.E.
Admission will be granted to diploma holders in Hotel or Tourism management from a recognized institution.
Degree holders from other institutions interested in this program will be considered on individual merits.
Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree at Egerton University
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they in no way entitle an applicant to a place in the University. Applicants must:
Meet additional entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute.
To be admitted for a PRE-SERVICE DEGREE PROGRAM, a prospective candidate must have all the requirements set up by the joint Admission Board (JAB), with a prospective IN-SERVICE student must have completed a diplomaprogram in the relevant field and graduated with at least a CREDIT.
The B Sc. (Ecotourism and Hospitality Management) programme at Egerton University shall cover four academic years. Each semester shall consist of fifteen 15.weeks with two weeks for examination.
At the end of Year 3 semester 2, the student will undergo an eight-week industrial attachment.
The duration for Diploma and other degree holders will depend on the number of credit hours transferred as per the University regulations on credit transfers.
Diploma students who qualify for credit transfer may complete their programme in a minimum period of 2 ½ years, whereas those on part-time basis may do so in 3 ½ years.
The Self Sponsored Part-time students‘ Programme will be offered at the Town Campus. The cost for SSP Programmes per year will be as per University rates of fee payments for the SSP Science based courses.
The course involves extensive academic field trips which will require additional cost for the trips.