Kenya seeks a touch of Swiss hospitality prowess to boost sector

Kenya is looking to enhance pool of skilled workers in the hospital industry through collaboration with the Swiss Education Group (SEG).

The Group which operates four top ranked hospitality schools in the world on Thursday met Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala during its maiden trip to the country.

SEG led by its Vice President of International Development and Marketing Thomas Fitzgibbon is seeking partnership opportunities with the government that will compliment recovery efforts in the tourism sector.

Among partnerships being considered is the engagement with the Kenya Utalii College and Ronald Ngala Utalii College in Kwale County to conduct a full curriculum audit to ensure it meets the needs of a dynamic market.

“Kenya represents one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, with tourism as one of it’s biggest contributors to the GDP, we are keen to collaborate with the government and private sector and replicate the success we enjoy as a world leader in hospitality management education back in Switzerland here in Kenya,” said Fitzgibbon.

Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicate that the number of trainees pursuing hospitality and tourism courses at the Kenya Utalii College declined by 76.4% from 3,086 in 2019 to 729 in 2020 a factor being attributed to the disruption of the academic calendar following Government directive to close learning institutions as one of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Each of our schools offers a different educational focus but they all share the same diverse international experience, firmly rooted in the Swiss tradition of hospitality education. In Kenya, we have continued to provide a steady stream of students throughout the years many of whom have ascended to the pinnacle of their professions locally and globally,” added Fitzgibbon.

SEG team which also include Senior Regional Manager Middle East and Africa Nabil Elouardi and Ivy Mutiso  Regional Manager East Africa will meet with various stakeholders within the education sector in an effort to create awareness of their programs especially in Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Tourism and Entrepreneurship.


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Publish date : 2021-11-25 13:18:01

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