In September 2017, Mount Kenya University (MKU) through its Kigali campus entered into a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with RwandAir to design relevant market-driven programmes targeting the airlines staff.
The University will act as the knowledge partner and will award Bachelor degrees as well as the Masters in the field of air travel and hospitality industry in line with local and international standards.
MKU chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu lauded the partnership terming it as a noble initiative that will create industry linkages, mentorship and internship and bolster trade relationships and opportunities between Kenya and Rwanda.
“We note with admiration the airline’s ambitious commitment to growth and offering quality service that has made it stand out as the airline of choice in the region. As a university committed to excellence and empowering generations through education, we want to be part of the airline’s continuous growth by offering quality training to its staff,” said Mr. Gicharu through a statement.
“These relationships will assist in establishing career programmes and internships that will lead to well-paying skilled jobs as well as economic development for the country,’’ said Mr. Gicharu
The partnership is a boon to Mount Kenya University that offers Diplomas, certificates and Bachelor of Science in Travel and Tourism Management as well as Masters of Science in Hospitality Management.
Air transport has in the recent past become very competitive in the region forcing the airlines to explore partnerships that can attract more travellers to its fold.
RwandAir flies from its hub at the heart of Africa at Kigali International Airport, it has a fleet of twelve aircraft including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired in the year 2016, the airline currently reaches out to twenty-three destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Rwanda has experienced exponential growth on the back of booming construction industry especially in the hospitality industry. In 2016 alone, the country opened a 2,500-seater conference center and two five-star hotels, Radisson Blu and Marriott, in its capital, Kigali.
Its economy also grew faster in the third quarter of last year compared with the same period in 2016, buoyed by its huge investments and expansions in agriculture and services.