Angolan government to create hotel and tourism course at public university

17 July 2013

The Angolan ministries of Hotels and Tourism and of Higher Education are studying the introduction of a hotel and tourism degree course at a public university, with a view to reducing dependence on private national or foreign institutions, an official source said on Tuesday in Luanda.

The national director of tourism activities from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Januário Marra, said the course would be offered at a faculty pertaining to the government’s Agostinho Neto University. He made his comments during the third Congress of Entrepreneurs from the Portuguese Language Countries, which opened on Monday and closes on Thursday.

In Angola the higher education degree in hotel and tourism is only offered by the Universidade Privada de Angola, a situation resulting in a shortfall of qualified staff for the area and deficient attendance or service provision in the sector, Marra said.

Without providing dates, he explained that the government also aims by the initiative to strengthen the national teaching system and encourage citizens to study in the country, instead of going to countries such as South Africa, Portugal, Brazil, England and the United States, among others.

The third Congress of Entrepreneurs from the Portuguese Language Countries is organised by Prestígio, the league of young Angolan entrepreneurs and executives. The theme topic is “growth, development and partnerships”. Nearly 200 participants are attending, from Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Brazil, East Timor and São Tomé and Principe.

The first congress was held on 5 May 2011 in Porto, Portugal, and the second on 30 May 2012 in Vitória do Espírito Santo, Brazil. (macauhub)