Dean’s Message

Welcome to the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM). It is one of the oldest academic units having been established as the Department of Institutional Management which has since grown to a School over the years.

Hospitality &Tourism industry is one of the largest foreign exchange earners in Kenya and contributes 10% to the GDP as well as the economy. The local industry in Kenya faces challenges in meeting the needs of National tourism development agendas and Vision 2030. This concept, coupled with the fact that Kenya is one of the most significant tourist destinations in Africa, means that there is an increasing urgency to develop competent tourism professionals.

Murang’a University’s school of hospitality and tourism management has identified these gaps and is developing solutions and new knowledge through innovations in tourism and product development so as to enhance competitiveness of both destinations and enterprises.

The  University is  committed to advancing such core values through advanced training and research to a level that meets the dynamic needs of the region’s tourism sectors.

 The school and respective departments are committed towards ensuring that academia is responsive to the needs of the hospitality industry. It is an important and critical sector for the economy. There is need to provide quality and develop an equally dynamic labor force able to address the challenges facing the tourism sector in totality.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism, was founded in 2013. It was established to cater for the ever increasing demand for further advanced training, education and personnel for the hospitality and tourism industry.

 Murang’a University intends to develop a globally competitive human resource that will be able to meet the requirements of a rapidly industrializing economy. We at the School of Hospitality and Tourism seek to raise labor productivity to international standards as well as enhancement of closer collaboration between industry and training institutions.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism management is the academic leader in Hospitality and Tourism Management, within the central Kenya Region and beyond. This is evidenced by the increasing number of graduates absorbed in the majority of the Hospitality facilities within the county and outside the county as well.

Our market-driven programmes range from certificate to PhD level. Our vision is to educate the current and next generation of hospitality and tourism managers with the current and best practices in the industry.

Studying in the School of Hospitality and Tourism provides one with an opportunity to be trained by professionals and also enable one to establish potential networks as well as career growth within the industry. 

The school is in line with the National Tourism Agenda, food security and is dedicated to producing graduates that are well competent to serve both local and international organizations. Improving services in the hospitality and tourism sectors well as food sector will serve to improve the reputation of Kenya to international standards.

Ms Juliana Maina 

Dean, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management