Ethiopia is one of the least developing nations in Africa despite its rich profile of natural and human resources. The government of Ethiopia is strongly determined to unlock this paradox through education in its age old and emerging universities. University of Gondar is one among the universities that have risen to a university level from the previous colleges. The University of Gondar has been well known for producing competent and community oriented professionals for the last 60 years.
Since 2001, the then College of Medical and Health Science has been given due emphasis by the government and has been officially upgraded to university level in June 2004, as part of the Education Sector Development Plan. New faculties have been launched; one of which is the Faculty of Management Science and Economics.
The Faculty of Management Science and Economics was established in 2001, as the first faculty of the new University. During its establishment, the faculty was designed to meet the ever-growing demand for qualified and well-trained manpower in the area of Business Management, Accounting and Economics.
Considering the countries demand of getting well skilled professionals in diversified fields, the faculty has started a new training in Tourism Management, initiated, coordinated and established by the Netherlands expatriate, Mrs. Annemik, in the academic year 2003-2004. By this, the University of Gondar has become the first university in Ethiopia to launch a Tourism Management degree-program. As the university by itself is located at the heart of tourism centre, in Gondar, Tourism Management is expected to be Centre of Excellence for the University.
The Centre for Tourism Studies has found a unique place in the spectrum of Tourism education, research, training and consultancy across Ethiopia. The Department has been doing a commendable work in imparting value added and innovative tourism, travel and hospitality subjects in Degree level.
After closely analyzing the status of tourism in Ethiopia and its development it has been understood that, there is a great deal of demand for the master’s program in tourism in the professional world. Considering the need, the department started a master’s program in Tourism and Heritage Management in the academic year 2010/2011.
This master’s program in Tourism and Heritage Management has been designed to meet the demands of the middle and senior level managerial positions in some of the multinational travel, tourism and hospitality companies across the country. Some of them are entrepreneurs, educators and researchers.
The Master’s program aims to provide students from a range of backgrounds, with an advanced critical understanding of the interrelationships between Tourism, Heritage, Environment, Development and Management with special reference to the distinctive political, social and economic environments.
To pursue its aim transforming the department to institute level, in 2011/2012 academic year, the department added a new BA degree program in Hotel Management program, which is now independently functioning as one of the departments in College of Business and Economics.
In 2011/12 due to its overall outstanding performance, the University of Gondar recognized the department as best department of the year. Currently, the department is running as one department under the college of Business and Economics with BA degree in Tourism Management and Master’s in Tourism and Heritage Management.
MICE Tourism or (University of Gondar Tourism Week Celebration)
The first time in the history of the department of tourism management, event or tourism week celebration was introduced in 2007 by Philippine expatriate Mr. Rogelio P, Flores. Jr. with students of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism group 1 & 2 for the academic year 2006-2007. The theme of the first ever event was “Tourism Enriches Lives” and was dedicated to Ato Habte Selassie Tafesse, the father of Ethiopian tourism.
Mr. Rogelio P, Flores. Jr. was the pioneer of tourism week celebration in the department who initiated the idea, took the responsibility in staging event (Tourism week celebration) in the history of University of Gondar and in Ethiopian Universities as well.
The event was held from January 1-5, 2007 with aim of highlighting the significance of tourism in enriching the lives of people and the society through academic, co-curricular and community involvement activities; which are the key aspects stated in the University’s mission. This very first event served as a model for the subsequent events and become an annual activity of the department.
The same person ( Mr. Rogelio), in 2008, has staged, event 2008, second tourism week celebration on a bigger, better and more colorful celebration compared to first event (Event 2007), with the students’ for the academic year 2007-2008.
The adviser and organizer of the event this time tried to notice the contribution of the department for the past 4 year since its establishment in 2003. As a result, the theme of the event was “DOTM @ 4: Empowering Tourism Culture, values and Instruction.”
Compared to the first two events there comes another change. After Mr. Rogelio left the department, a new Indian expatriate, Mr. Ananth Tamilmaniarasu, took over the responsibility of staging the event. Taking this big responsibility the said person staged the third tourism week celebration with the students for the academic year 2008-2009.
Event 2009 aiming at showing the role of tourism in bringing the world together through its diversity has chosen a theme “Tourism Bringing the World Together Thorough its Diversity.” Compared to the first two events the third tourism week celebration was bigger, better and more colorful. This event was dedicated to Mrs. Annemik, the founder of the department of Tourism management, University of Gondar. Mr. Ananth Tamilmaniarasu was the organizer who adopt Mr. and Ms. Mack rock tourism competition, a funny entertainment education program where students compete pretending their opposite sex.
Event 2010 was the 4th University of Gondar tourism week celebration. Like the first three events it has a theme which says “Tourism: respecting cultural Diversity and preserving heritages.” It was dedicated to Mr. Rogelio P, Flores. Jr., the pioneer of tourism week celebration in the department. The first three events week were confined within the faculty of Management Science’s and Economics, celebrated to the department level at Maraki campus. However, event 2010 was celebrated at university level in collaboration with Gondar city Administration Culture, Tourism, Labor and Social affairs department at Tewodros campus, following the transfer of the faculty of Business and Economics.
In addition, a new program like hotels competition in modern and traditional dishes introduced and it is this time Design shows by students started. Moreover, compared to the last three events, event 2010 was more successful and was considered as one big phenomenon that magnified the image of the department and the university at large. On top of the above, this event was the first tourism week attended by state minister, W/ro Tadelech Dalecho, from Ministry of Culture and Tourism and all the University of Gondar top managements. Unlike the first three events or tourism week celebrations advised and organized by expatriates from Philippines and India this event was advised and organized by Ethiopian national called Mr. Engdu Gebrewold, when, off course, Ethiopians took the responsibility of hosting Tourism week celebration.
The 5th university of Gondar tourism week celebration, Event 2011, like the four previous events it has a theme which says ‘Tourism: Promotes Art!’ Like the forth tourism week, it was organized by Gondar university in collaboration with Gondar city culture- tourism department, north Gondar zone culture and tourism department. Like the fourth tourism week celebrations, it was advised and organized by an Ethiopian Mr. Yohannes Negash.
Event 2012 is the sixth University of Gondar tourism week celebration held from January 1-8, 2012. It was staged by university of Gondar in collaboration with Gondar city Culture-Tourism department, north Gondar zone culture-tourism department, Amhara Regional State Culture-tourism and parks’ development office. The theme of the event was “sustainable tourism for integrated development! It was advised and organized Mr. Leul Yohannes. In addition, a new program like designers contest was introduced. Moreover, compared to the last five events, event 2012 was big in terms of scope, media coverage and celebrity host (Artist Tebebu Workiye, Artist Mewded Kibru, Artist Mastewal Eyayu and Artist Simon Tsegaye from Ethiopica link ).
Event 2013 is the seventh University of Gondar tourism week celebration held from January 14 -18, 2012. It was staged by University of Gondar in collaboration with Gondar city Culture-Tourism department, North Gondar Zone Culture-Tourism department, Amhara Regional State Culture-Tourism and Parks’ development office and the private tourism related enterprises in Gondar city. The theme of the event was “Heritage Conservation for sustainable development! The theme was developed to emphasize and indicate the significance of conserving heritage resources, which are the backbones of the tourism industry, for the overall sustainable development of the country. This year, the dedication was given to Grazmach Nadewu Woretawu who initiated the idea of conserving and sustainably using Semein Mt National park’s biodiversity for the first time by taking and presenting live Waliya Ibex to Addis Ababa in front of Emperor Haileselassie and revealing the status and the serious threats of poaching wild animals and cutting trees in the area where there was little awareness and understanding about the biodiversity in general and tourism resources in particular and laid the corner stone for the present day Semien mountain national park to be registered as UNESCO world heritage site and to move past to the next generation. It was Advised and organized by Mr. Yetnayet Getu.
Event 2014 University of Gondar Tourism week celebration is celebrated in cooperation with the following organizations: University of Gondar (the sole organizer), Gondar city Culture and Tourism office (co-organizer), Gondar administrative zone culture and tourism office (co-organizer), Amhara regional state culture, tourism and park development bureau (co-organizer), The private tourism related businesses and enterprises in Gondar and Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT). The theme of the event was “Tourism Promotes Indigenous Cultures” and dedicated to the “Burbuax Community” who are known for their Traditional Music. Same to the previous event the programs and competions were same but four staff (Mr. Yechale Mehiret, Mr. Slomon Lingerih, Mr. Ashenafi Tafesse and Mr. Engdu Gebrewold) co-operatively advised and organized the event. It was celebrated colorfully and as it was held during the days of University of Gondar Diamond jubilee celebration, it was used as part of the celebration. During this event, public figures such as Artist Tigist Weyiso and Mewided Kibiru were present.
Event 2016, the 9th University of Gondar annual tourism week celebration took place from December 28, 2015 to January 01, 2016 with the theme of “Tourism for Image Building”. The event dedicated to Ras Leul Mengesha Seyoum Mengesha for his invaluable contribution for the establishments beautiful Ethiopian cities such as Hawassa, Mekelle and Bahir Dar. He also contributed a lot for the construction of tourism facilities and infrastructures which latter contributed for the development of tourism in Ethiopia.
Event 2016 was celebrated in collaboration with;
- University of Gondar, Department of Tourism Management ( the sole organizer),
- Gondar city Culture and Tourism department (co-organizer),
- Gondar administrative zone culture and tourism department (co-organizer),
- Amhara regional state culture, tourism and parks development bureau (co-organizer)
- The private tourism related businesses and enterprises in Gondar
- Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) and
- University of Gondar Culture and Art Centre
It was the most colorful tourism week celebration as compared to the previous events that took place. It is the only event where the dedicatee of the event attended the program for the first time. The president (Dr. Desalegn Mengesha), all the vice presidents of the University of Gondar (Dr. Yinges Alemu, Dr. Takele Tadesse, Ato Solomon Abrha, Ato Wondwossen Kassahun), deans, directors, department heads and staffs of the university attended the event from the opening to the closing ceremony. Invited guests such as Ato Assefa Kesito, Head of the office of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ato Yitbarek Demilew, the president of the Amhara Regional State Universities’ forum, representatives from different Universities of Ethiopia, and regional zonal and woreda tourism office representatives and students from all campuses of the university were also part of the program. In addition to these, a renowned Ethiopian professor and advocator of Ethiopianism, Mamo Muche attended all the programs.
Renowned artists such as Bereket Bekele (Filfilu), Shewaferahu Desalegn, Esayas Tamirat (Balageru Idol 2nd place winner), Solomon Demile (Neyma) and Nardos Tegegn (Miss Ehiopia 2015) were also presented in the program.
All members of the department of tourism management fully participated for the successful completion the 9th annual tourism week celebration. Mr. Engdu Gebrewold was the chairperson of event 2016, whereas Mr. Yechale Mihret and Mr. Ashenafi Tafese served as the vice chairpersons of the event. The rest staffs of the department were facilitators of different committees.
Even though, there might be addition in each event the following Programs during the event are the most common:
- Cleaning campaign
- Cultural carnival (Parade)
- Panel Discussion
- Cultural show and Traditional Dance Contest
- Mr and Ms Tourism University of Gondar
- Mr and Ms Mock rock (a funny entertainment education program where students compete pretending their opposite sex)
- Inter departmental quiz bee
- Drawing contest
- Most promising Hotel and Restaurant Competition
- Center for Tourism studies of Hokkaido University, Japan to save the endangered natural world heritages, Semien Mountains National park. The project is aimed at enhancing and improving the livelihoods of the local communities and conserving the resources of the park.
- The department has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) on March 25, 2014 to prepare a management plan for Gondar and its environs.
- Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Salzburg, Austria
- Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM)
- Minnesota State University, USA
- University of Girona, Spain
- North Gondar Administrative Zone Culture and Tourism office.
Applicants seeking admission to the Tourism Management program must meet the following admission requirements:
- Successful completion of preparatory schools in business or social science stream or comparable level of school education.
- Passing mark in Ethiopian Universities’ entrance examination or any other comparable examination.
- Diploma in related fields and minimum of two years experience, preferably in tourism-related areas.
NB: Sponsorship or personal financial status declaration in case of adult and/or foreign students is needed.
The study is three years for the regular program Links and Partnerships
A student who completes the three years of study successfully taking all the required courses and 180 EtCTS with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 will be awarded BA degree in Tourism Management.
The Degree is named as:
In English: – “Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tourism Management”
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4.1. MA Program in Tourism Management
Ethiopia is one of the ancient countries with rich history and heritage. The attractions of the country vary from extreme hot Denakle desert to the very cool tips of Semein Mountains. Ethiopia also has the richest collections of sites, monuments, and art objects in the whole of Africa, ranging from the pre-historic sites to the recent historic period.
Tourism is the world’s largest industry and has the potential to provide economic, cultural and environment benefits for people from all over the world. Ethiopia was one of the first African countries to recognize these benefits and establish a tourist industry in the 1960s. In terms of its benefits, tourism makes a tremendous contribution for the social and economic development of Ethiopia. In the contrary, the sector is also facing a number of challenges that hinder its growth and create social, economic, and environmental problems.
The government of Ethiopia is strongly determined to unlock this paradox through education in its age old and emerging universities. University of Gondar is one among the universities that have risen to a university level from the previous colleges. The University of Gondar has been well known for producing competent and community oriented professionals for the last 50 years.
Since 2001, the college has been given due emphasis by the government and has been officially upgraded to university level in June 2004, as part of the Education Sector Development Plan. New faculties have been launched; one of which is the Faculty of Business and Economics.
The Faculty of Business and Economics was established in 2001, as the first faculty of the new university. The faculty is doing its best to meet the ever-growing demand for qualified and well-trained manpower in the area of Business Management, Accountancy and Economics.
Considering the countries demand of getting well skilled professionals in diversified fields, the faculty has started a new training in Tourism Management in the academic year 2003-2004. The University of Gondar is the first university in Ethiopia to launch a Tourism Management degree-program and now it’s become worthy enough to launch the Masters programme. The university by itself is located at the heart of tourism centre, in Gondar, and Tourism Management is expected to be Centre of Excellence for the faculty as well as for the university.
The Centre for Tourism Studies has found a unique place in the spectrum of Tourism education, research, training and consultancy across Ethiopia. The Department has been doing a commendable work in imparting value added and innovative tourism, travel and hospitality subjects in Degree level. The Masters programme has been well-designed to offer continuous practical exposures in the form of destinations visit, hotel, airport visits, etc. Substantial numbers of the alma maters of the DTM have been elevated to the middle and senior level managerial positions in some of the multinational travel, tourism and hospitality companies across the country. Some of them are entrepreneurs, educators and researchers.
After closely analyzing the current status of tourism in Ethiopia and its development it has been understood that there is a great deal of demand for the masters program in tourism in the professional world.
This masters program in tourism management has been designed to meet the demands of employers for the strategic, technological and managerial skills now necessary in this exciting and dynamic industry.
To meet these demands, the program combines the theory and knowledge of degrees in business administration and tourism studies with experiential learning in tourism industry sectors. This is a business degree, built on the platform of a solid business education – marketing, accounting, economics etc.
The degree has grown as response to popular demand for an academic and analytical approach to the study of tourism. Creating a structure to the Management and Development Programme, with which inevitably there are close links, students are able to choose from a range of systematic and regional courses which enable them to develop their own particular interests the degree thus provides students with a lively and stimulating research environment, and with a qualification which adds significantly to their marketability.
The MTHM programme aims to provide students from a range of backgrounds, with an advanced critical understanding of the interrelationships between Tourism, Heritage, Environment, Development and Management with special reference to the distinctive political, social and economic environments of the South, where tourism can be of great economic, environmental, social and political significance.
The decision to commence on the Tourism Management training in Gondar is:
- Based on needs-assessment and field-research and the clear relevance of training to the socio-cultural and economic development of the country;
- Based on the intention to respond to the changing economic demands of the country and the current lack of professionals in the field of tourism, who would gear the development of this vital and rapidly growing economic sector;
- Due to absence of similar post graduate trainings in the country;
- Taken specifically because tourism industry in Ethiopia needs professionals at managerial level;
- Taking into consideration that Gondar is a very appropriate and suitable place for tourism studies in Ethiopia; Ten of the Historical, Natural and Cultural Heritages registered by UNESCO are found in Ethiopia and many of them are in and around Gondar;
- Based on the fact that Ethiopia is a growing tourist destination;
- Based on the fact that tourism is expected to be an important source of income to the country and can provide great employment opportunities; and contribute on poverty reduction programme at the national level.
- To offer a wide range of quality options for study, helping the youth and the talented to fulfill their potential and aspirations;
Ethiopia is a mosaic of peoples and cultures, an encyclopedia of geology, the ‘cradle of mankind’ and has a fascinating, ancient civilization. The country, which is naturally rich in intriguing landscape and biodiversity, has the potential of being a true travelers’ paradise. However tourism, a very fast growing economic sector elsewhere in the world, has not yet been developed in Ethiopia and the country is not benefiting from it, socially nor economically. It is run by archaic instinct and languishing ever since, while other countries are excelling. This is because those countries have realized its potential and developed their capacity by strategic programs.
Ethiopia, in order to exploit its tourism potential, needs to have skilled manpower in the field. If the tourism industry is geared and developed properly, it can serve as a supplementary (alternative) economic sector besides agriculture. So far, there is no other university that produces tourism First Degree and Masters Program in the same campus. That is why the University of Gondar has taken the initiative justifiably to fill the gap by training tourism professionals and possibly conduct problem solving studies and researches that could catalyze the sector.
Minimum 3.0 GPA with no ‘C’ grade
MA in Tourism and Heritage Management
የአርት ማሰተርሰ በቱሪዝምና ቅርስ ማኔጅመንት
- Contact person
|Name:||Mr Solomon Linigerih|
|Position:||Head of Department Tourism Management|