The cabinet on Wednesday among others approved the Prime Minister’s order allowing the Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC) to award Business Information Technology (BIT) degrees.
The institution’s Rector, Callixte Kabera, told The New Times Thursday that RTUC has already been offering the degree programme in partnership with Kenyan-based Mount Kenya University, which runs campuses in the country.
Kabera said: “The partnership will continue but now, the graduation will be held in Rwanda. The approval is very important to us because it is a new programme added to our existing three others. This shows that we have the capacity to deliver to the expectations of our stakeholders and it also means that we have to keep improving our standards”.
In August this year, RTUC was accredited as a fully-fledged university following an evaluation of its degree programmes. In 2008, the institution received partial accreditation as a vocational institute to award diplomas and certificates. RTUC currently has over 4,000 students and has two campuses located in Gisenyi and Kigali.
The university plans to relocate its main campus from its current Kicukiro base to Rebero, Kigali by 2013. Among others, the Rebero campus will feature a cultural village and accommodation facilities for international students.
Close to 400 students are expected to be awarded degrees in various programmes during the institution’s maiden graduation ceremony scheduled for December 20.
RTUC offers certificates, diplomas and degree programmes in hotel and restaurant management; tourism and travel management; as well as the Air Transport Association (IAT or Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA) registered course in travel and airports operations.
By James Karuhanga, The New Times