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 programme 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.
The objectives of the programme are to: -
i) Train students in various aspects of Ecotourism and Hospitality Management, which will prepare them to provide quality services to customers in this industry.
ii) Equip students with theory and practical skills needed in the ecotourism and hospitality industry.
iii) Train students to develop and use ideas, concepts and skills to enable them venture in the ecotourism and hospitality business for self employment.
To be eligible for admission into this programme, 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.
Course Structure and Duration
The Diploma programme 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.
The first digit represents the year in which the course is offered. The second digit represents the nature of the course within the department , e.g. TOHM 0101 is a first year, introductory course and the first one in this series. The program code used is TOHM denoting Tourism and Hospitality Management followed by four digits, where the first digit denotes diploma level of training, second digit the year of study, The third digit represents the type of course based on the following categorization:-
0 Indicates introductory courses,
1 Principle courses,
4 Management courses,
5 Applied courses,
7 Research seminars, and students projects, and
8 Policy, law and administration.
While the fourth digit represents the serial number of the course e.g. TOHM 0101 will be a diploma level course, year I, introductory course and first one in that series.
All examinations for the Diploma in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examination for Diploma in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduatea student shall be required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The classification for Diploma in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students