Tourism development: NIHOTOUR partners Eureka consortium on e-Learning
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has commenced eLearning programmes in partnership with the Eureka Consortium, an international education initiative with support from the European Union. The project provides 27 specialist courses in Tourism Management, Hospitality Operation and Sustainable Development.
The objective of the partnership is to catalyze Nigeria’s sustainable economic development through reskilling of workers in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Over a year ago, the Director-General of NIHOTOUR, Nura Sani Kangiwa, on the assumption of office, promised to bridge the knowledge gap in Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism sectors by ensuring that NIHOTOUR provides eLearning programmes for new entrants and professionals in the industry. He further justified his commitment to eLearning in the wake of limitations to physical learning occasioned by the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, the technical partnership between NIHOTOUR and the Eureka Consortium facilitates virtual learning programmes for Nigerians and international students, in English and French languages, for a period of one year. Lecturers from NIHOTOUR and from some European universities and research institutes train students in the eLearning programmes.
The Director-General of NIHOTOUR, Nura Kangiwa and the Coordinator of the Eureka Consortium in Africa, Professor Edmund Agbo, both assured that despite the world-class training provided by renowned professors and researchers, the eLearning programmes are highly discounted for Nigerian students.
Courses provided in the eLearning project include Professional Diploma in Tourism and Recreation, Diploma in Hospitality Management, Certificate in Hospitality Operations, Certificate in Cookery and Pastry Practice, International Cooperation Project, Sustainability and World Agricultural Heritage Systems, Business Administration for Sustainable Development, Technologies on Mobility and Sustainable Transport, Circular Economy, Project cycle: cradle to tomb and audit after reporting, among others.