egerton

Eco-Tourism and Hospitality Management

Egerton University (egerton)

Diploma 3 years Fulltime Fee: on application

Overview

Kenya is endowed with a rich biodiversity characterized by a broad range of flora, fauna and geomorphologic formations in addition to a growing cultural heritage. In the face of increasing human populations, diminishing wild habitats and increased demand for agricultural land, there is need to shift overdependence upon agriculture as the main engine of economic growth.

The opportunities for economic development in the ecotourism industry and associated hospitality service sectors have hitherto not been realized because of the dominance of mass tourism conventional tourism in the tourism sector. There is need to develop human technical capacity to run, re-orientate planning of ecotourism and hospitality industries in order to enhance economic growth in Kenya.
Development of ecotourism offers opportunities for diversification and has the potential to transform local economies in addition to conserving our natural resources and cultural heritage. A certificate in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management is being offered by the University and a Bachelor of Science degree programme on the same has already been approved by the Senate. This Diploma in Eco-Tourism and Hospitality Management programme at Egerton University is a link between the certificate and degree courses. The availability of local advisory services and technical skills at the diploma level would enhance decision making, increase involvement of stakeholders and sharing of benefits. The programme will provide graduates with the requisite technical and managerial skills required in the development of the ecotourism hospitality industries.

Objectives

The objectives of Egerton Univeristy's Diploma in Eco-tourism and Hospitality Management programme are to: -

  1. Train students in various aspects of Ecotourism and Hospitality Management, which will prepare them to provide quality services to customers in this industry.
  2. Equip students with theory and practical skills needed in the ecotourism and hospitality industry.
  3. Train students to develop and use ideas, concepts and skills to enable them venture in the ecotourism and hospitality business for self employment.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission into this programme at Egerton University, candidates must have attained at least a mean grade of C at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education KCSE. level or other equivalent examination or qualification recognized by the Egerton University Senate.
In addition the applicant must have at least C+ in History or Geography, C+ English or Kiswahili; C- in Chemistry or C in Physical Science, C in Biology or C+ in Biological Science and D+ in Mathematics.
Interest in ecotourism hospitality industry and a foreign language will be an added advantage. Certificate holders from colleges recognized by Egerton University Senate will be considered with credit and above. Admission may extend to mature students.

Egerton University minimum entry requirements for Diploma Programmes

The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they do not in any way, entitle an applicant to a place at Egerton University. 
Applicants must:

  1. Have the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade 'C' passed at one sitting from at least seven subjects drawn from subject groupings as specified by the Kenya
  2. National Examinations Council or equivalent. Provided that candidates with disabilities will be given special consideration with regard to the number of subjects taken at KCSE. OR
  3. Hold a certificate from a recognized institution with a 'Credit' pass or higher or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution in the relevant field of specialization, acceptable to Senate AND
  4. Meet additional or specific entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute offering the Diploma programme.

Course content

Thi Diploma programme at Egerton University will take a total of six (6) University semesters of class work and practical, translating into 122 Credit Factors C.Fs..

Industrial attachment in Ecotourism and Hospitality industries will be undertaken after semester 2 of the second year of the programme.

Industrial attachment will consist of eight weeks in the field during which the student will be assessed by University examiners, student's own reports and immediate supervisor's report.

Units covered include:

  1. Introductory courses,
  2. Principle courses,
  3. Ecology,
  4. Climate,
  5. Management courses,
  6. Applied courses,
  7. Planning,
  8. Research seminars, and students projects, and
  9. Policy, law and administration.
     

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission into this programme at Egerton University, candidates must have attained at least a mean grade of C at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education KCSE. level or other equivalent examination or qualification recognized by the Egerton University Senate.
In addition the applicant must have at least C+ in History or Geography, C+ English or Kiswahili; C- in Chemistry or C in Physical Science, C in Biology or C+ in Biological Science and D+ in Mathematics.
Interest in ecotourism hospitality industry and a foreign language will be an added advantage. Certificate holders from colleges recognized by Egerton University Senate will be considered with credit and above. Admission may extend to mature students.

Egerton University minimum entry requirements for Diploma Programmes

The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they do not in any way, entitle an applicant to a place at Egerton University. 
Applicants must:

  1. Have the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade 'C' passed at one sitting from at least seven subjects drawn from subject groupings as specified by the Kenya
  2. National Examinations Council or equivalent. Provided that candidates with disabilities will be given special consideration with regard to the number of subjects taken at KCSE. OR
  3. Hold a certificate from a recognized institution with a 'Credit' pass or higher or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution in the relevant field of specialization, acceptable to Senate AND
  4. Meet additional or specific entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute offering the Diploma programme.

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