The Mount Kenya University Travel and Tourism Department made a stride in history by launching their association (MKUTA) on 21st February 2014. This is geared towards creating cohesion and synergy among the students and the university. The association was born in 2013 by their patron Mr. Kevin Nyamai together with Bachelor of Travel and Tourism students during their exploration at Kisite Mpunguti marine park South Coast. Mr. Dennis Mucangi, a student, proposed the association’s name MKUTA which was later officially adopted.
Currently, the association has 100 members. During the launch, the students showcased fashion and designs of different cultures, displayed various cultural and animal carvings as well as their mastery skills in pitching tents.
The association conducts weekly meetings. The students participates in corporate social responsibilities in clean-up at fourteen falls among others, and intends to host miss tourism Kenya University and culture night later this year.
The Head of Department Mr. Lawrence Wang’ombe commented on the discouraging trends of wildlife poaching which poses a great challenge to the tourism industry. He echoed the government’s efforts in urging Kenyans to market their country globally in the tourism sector. He encouraged the students to strengthen the association as this is a good move towards an effort in marketing tourism at the institution level.
The occasion was graced by Mount Kenya University Vice Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo. The Vice Chancellor commented that formation of such an association forms an integral part of the pillar necessary in provision of quality service, teaching and research. The Vice-Chancellor urged the students to continue with the good spirit of communion in marketing the university. He commented that quality training and education are rights to the students and is an obligation to the university. He said that it is necessary to equip students with the competent skills and right attitude to ensure that they fit in the global market especially now that the university is on the roadmap towards established a placement office to market its students.