Hotel & Institutional Catering

Since 1997, the Department has evolved and grown from the enrolled four students to thousands that are admitted on a yearly basis. The practical nature of our programmes prepares students academically and gives them the knowledge essentials for a successful hospitality career. The department enjoys strong links with many of the national and international hospitality companies including government departments who sometimes prefer direct campus recruitment for future talent. We provide a very strong foundation for a future career in the industry. A combination of small, hands-on classes and critical attention to professional practices and etiquette makes us the best choice in the country and the region.

We have invested in a model hotel for the first round of off-class exposure before they are sent out for trials in the field. Our alumni can be found working in the industry anywhere in the region and beyond, and are a testimony of our success. The Admissions run throughout the year for any of the following programmes:

The academic staff

The department of  is headed by Dr. Sam Otengei and is also composed of Lecturers and Instructors whose qualifications and experience is exceptional and key to providing the students with the required knowledge and skills.

About the courses:

The Department of Hotel and Institutional Catering includes the following courses offered on Certificate, Diploma level and Degree level.

  • Bachelor of Catering and Hospitality Management
  • Diploma in Hotel and Institutional catering
  • Certificate in Hotel and Institutional catering
  • Elementary Certificate in catering
  • Special cookery programme (holiday programme only)

Internship for students is compulsory before graduation.


Elementary ccertificate in catering was started for that student who didn’t make it to senior four (between P7 and senior 3). 


The emphasis is put in respecting professional institutional and dress code. Practical exams are given to check the competences of the students. We offer the strategic approach to monitor what the market demands.

For further information you can contact the deputy branch director’s office or academic registrar or marketing office.

YMCA Comprehensive Institute

P.O BOX 2871 Kampala

Tel: 0414233294 / 0772587811 / 0750988196