The basic philosophy of Hospitality Management and Tourism and Tourism is to train and educate men and women who will manage the products and bye-products of agriculture and agricultural related products to the benefit of mankind both in the private and public sectors of the economy. It aims at maximizing agricultural out-puts in the face of limited resources. The philosophy of Hospitality Management and Tourism is directed towards the development of the whole person. It is concerned with all round development of the individual. It grows from the philosophy of Nigerian Education which is geared towards helping individuals, families and the nation to improve their lives to build:
(1) A free and democratic society
(2) A just and egalitarian society
(3) A united, strong and self-reliant nation
(4) A great and dynamic economy
(5) A land of bright and full opportunities for its citizens.
The programme is a five-year degree programme with the first year strictly devoted to basic studies. The second, third, fourth and fifth years are devoted to studies in Hospitality Management and Tourism. Those wishing to specialize in approved options are encouraged to do so and their programmes are modified to include courses in their chosen options. SIWES is given a place in the second semester of 400 level. The Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme(SIWES) is incorporated into the second semester of 400 level and lasts for 6 months in a relevant Food or Tourism Industry. It is important to students since the University laboratories are not alternative to industrial work conditions; therefore, formal studies are complemented with planned industrial visits.
THE AIMS/OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROGRAMME ARE:
i. To train/equip and expose the students to programmes in Hospitality Management and Tourism and Tourism and related disciplines.
ii. To enhance/develop the students’ abilities to apply knowledge Tourism to human recreation and relaxation.
iii. To enhance the knowledge of Tourism to promotion of business and business-related ventures for profit maximization.
iv. To create employment both in the private and public sectors of the economy out of agricultural-related products such as Hotel and Tourism industries.
v. To encourage the growth of professional tourism out of the agricultural related products.
vi. To educate indigenous communities on the economic benefits of their natural endowed agricultural or agricultural-related resources and environment.
vii. To educate the general public on the development of their natural endowed resources for economics benefit via “tourisfication”.
viii. To educate the public on the aesthetic aspects of flowers and plants.
ix. To produce well educated talented managers for the hospitality and tourism industry.
x. To produce graduates who can carry out research into the needs of effective management of the hospitality industry in Nigeria.