UTB eyes regional student market

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The University of Tourism, technology and Business Studies-UTB eyes international accreditation to broaden its training across Rwanda borders after successfully introducing international courses.

Dr Wim Kouwenhoven, Chancellor of the University says that the ratings provide the institution an opportunity for its courses and training system accredited at an international level.

 “We have aligned our training with international standards and our graduates are able to adapt to   labour market across the world,” Kouwenhoven said on Thursday during the University’s 4th graduation ceremony in Kigali.

The university recently received accreditation from the international Air transport Association for teaching and examining n course in Air travel, making the institution the first in the country to venture in Air transport.

Experts say there is need for higher learning institutions to focus at providing critical thinking to students to be able to address challenges in the labor market, a shift from the theory to practical training.

“What we look at now is to ensure that our students have enough time on acquiring hand on skills than theory training,” said Callixte Kabera, Vice Chancellor of the University.

Accordingly, 454 graduates from three faculties of Business of information technology, Hotel and restaurant management, travel and tourism management and vocational training programs received their degrees on Thursday.

The Vice chancellor urged graduates to ensure that they enrich themselves with the knowledge they have acquired from the university and apply it in their day to day lives.

“Many Rwandans to world class ad international community out there are looking up to you graduates to set the benchmark as employees and more impotently entrepreneurs,” said Zulfat Mukarubega, founder of the University.

The university received accreditation and degree awarding powers in 2012 by ministry of education and since churned out 2,444 graduates into the labour market.

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