October 12, 2020 was an unusual day at the main Campus of University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies in Kicukiro District of Kigali City, as more than 1000 students flocked the main entrance of the University to resume studies after a spell of 7 months since the Government closed all Higher Learning Institutions as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Despite benefiting from the University’s online teaching program that kept students busy while at home, most of them were excited with the resumption of face to face interaction that was commonly the system of learning in almost all higher learning Institutions prior to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
UTB Covid Command Team in action
What was characteristic of the day, was the strict supervision to ensure that all students were respecting the preventive measures against the pandemic that include distancing, washing hands with soap and sanitizer and putting on masks before any student could be allowed access into the main building. The same applied to other University community members including management, senior staff and other personnel of the Institution.
The University senior management including the Vice Chancellor, Dr Callixte Kabera and other members of the senior management team were present to witness the resumption of teaching activities that were opened to only students for 2nd year (Level 3) ,3rd year (level 4 and level 5),and 2nd year Diploma finalists.
UTB students in class in respect of social distancing
UTB Covid Command Team on duty
In his welcoming remarks, the Vice Chancellor expressed his thanks to the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Education for having allowed UTB among the Institutions to resume business following the COVID 19 break off. He pointed out that the University was ready to provide the usual services rendered to students and at the same time fulfill all the requirements needed in respect to the pandemic preventive measures.
‘’We shall work towards ensuring that our staff and students are safe as we respect the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health to ensure that we prevent the spread of the COVID 19 Pandemic.The University has put in place all the necessary facilities for prevention. We have support staff to enforce the measures and we look forward to the situation to stabilize as we move towards recovery and normal academic business,’’ pointed out the UTB Vice Chancellor.
The university is prepared to resume business as before offering quality education to its current clients and even the new ones that will be joining the Institution in the near future. Online learning materials and teaching has been instituted since the pandemic broke out and the students who are currently not at the campus are being catered for.
UTB continues to work towards its vision to become a centre of excellence in the region for the quality of academic programmes and to be a solution provider for the training of professionals in the area of Hospitality, Tourism, Business studies and Information Technology. The university also offers international professional courses, such as CPA, IATA (Airport Operations, Air Cargo Handling, Air Cabin Crew). In addition, the institution caters for IT professionalism (ICDL, CISCO).