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Students off to Poland on Erasmus+ study

Three students in the School of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management jet out to Lublin, Poland this evening for a five-month Erasmus+ exchange programme. They will commence classes at the Vincent Pol University (VPU) on 16 October and return home on 16 March 2018, says Jane Kuria, the school’s Dean.

School of Hospitality students who will be travelling to Poland for an exchange programSchool of Hospitality students who will be travelling to Poland for an exchange programWinnie Anyango Otieno, Brian Alphayo Esikuri and Everlyn Wairimu Kahinga comprise the second batch of Mount Kenya University (MKU) students to proceed to Poland on the exchange programme.

From April to June, Collins Wekesa and Grace Wanjiru Maina, two students from the school, studied at VPU courtesy of the same programme. They were the first MKU beneficiaries in this arrangement.

The Erasmus+ programme awards grants to students from various universities to study in European countries. MKU is a beneficiary of the grant through Vincent Pol University in Poland.

On 10 October, the three students setting off today paid a courtesy call on MKU Vice Chancellor Prof Stanley W. Waudo to express their gratitude after securing the scholarships. They had emerged the winners following interviews conducted by the Department of Travel and Tourism and the Department of Hospitality Management.

The students were accompanied by the Dean as well Mr Barnabas Macharia, Deputy Director, Quality Assurance and Linkages, and Mr Antony Kiarie, Deputy Director, Quality Management System.

The three fourth-year students will represent the university in a fully sponsored European Union Exchange Programme (Erasmus+ Programme).

Winnie, a Bachelor of Hospitality Management student, says: “I hope to foster good cultural relations in understanding the Polish way of living, expanding my insights on diversity and carrying the MKU banner high and promoting Kenya as a tourist destination. I am a strong advocate of adventure and hospitality.”

On her part, Everlyn, a Bachelor of Science in Travel and Tourism Management student, says: “I’m very humbled and overwhelmed by this chance that God has provided me through Mount Kenya University. Being a tourism student, I will learn about international tourism at the Polish university. This will be a plus for the MKU Tourism Department because I will share what I will learn with my fellow students and our lecturers upon my return.”

Brian considers the opportunity to study one semester in Poland as “something unique”. He explains: “I will be exposed to new culture and hopefully meet new friends and future mentors. Furthermore, as a travel and tourism student, it will be a chance to be adventurous, explore the unknown and try new activities that have never been within my reach before.”

Ms Kuria notes that the students will be accommodated at the CUBE, a top facility located near Vincent Pol University.