UNIVERSITY OF TOURISM, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS STUDIES (UTB), is a center of excellence for vocational and technical training in hotel, tourism, business and information technology that commenced its programs in January 2006 under the name RWANDA TOURISM INSTITUTE (RTI). The institute later changed its name to become a University in the names of “RWANDA TOURISM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (RTUC)” which also changed later on in 2013 as “UNIVERSITY OF TOURISM, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS STUDIES (UTB)”accommodate the growing brand and new University academic programs. The University received accreditation from the Ministry of Education to award degree programs in June 2012 after undergoing a successful audit process carried out in March 2012 by the same Ministry, through the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
The University offers degree programs and short vocational and technical courses in the above mentioned fields. UTB has two campuses; Kigali as Head Office is located in NIBOYE sector of Kicukiro district and currently operates in ININDI HOUSE near SONATUBES, and Gisenyi Campus in Gisenyi Sector, Rubavu District at Former St Fidele Institute.
UTB offers academic programs in the areas of Hospitality, Tourism, Business and Information Technology on different levels;
- Bachelor’s programs
- Diploma programs
- Certificate programs
- International Certifications Programs
As far as international certification programs done at UTB, the university is accredited training and testing center for IATA, ICDL, CISCO, CPA and other KASNEB program.
UTB has developed new partnerships to strengthen quality in research, teaching and other academic services. The partnership with African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) and Journal of Research Innovation and Implication in Education (JRIIE) will strengthen research, while our recent collaboration with Han University of Applied Science, Netherlands, and Kyungdong University (KPU) of South Korea will be helpful in boosting the faculty of Business and Information Technology through establishment of a strong IT Academy, exchange programs of academic staff, students and researchers. In June 2016 we joined International Association of Hotel Schools (EUHOFA) during a Utalii College-hosted conference in Kenya. UTB also established a relationship with AviaAssist to run aviation safety related courses and AviaAssist will establish its center of excellence at UTB.