Mount Kenya University (MKU), Kenya’s leading private university, has launched a Ksh20 million hotel at its Thika campus. The facility will also be used as a training ground for students pursuing hospitality management courses at the institution of higher learning.
MKU, which is headquartered in Thika, Kiambu County where the new establishment is located, said the new investment is in line with its course plan where it intends to blend both classwork and practical lessons. This is aimed at giving students a competitive edge that arms them with requisite skills before embarking on industrial attachment as well as the vital skills that are needed in the job market.
“The Ksh20 million hospitality centre will add to the ultra-modern academic resources needed to support practical training, internship opportunities for students in the school of hospitality, travel and tourism management. This is in addition to strategic business units established by the university to support teaching and learning,” said Prof Simon Gicharu, who is the founder and chairman of the university.
The university noted that similar investments will be replicated in its Kigali campus in Rwanda.
MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof Deogratius Jaganyi termed the hotel as timely and encouraged his staff to make maximum use of the facility. At the same time, MKU launched a fitness centre at its Thika campus targeting its staff.