The history of the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) at the University of Johannesburg dates to 1969. It all began with a vision that South Africa should develop hoteliers who would be able to compete with the rest of the world. A rich history starting in 1969 In February 1969, slightly more than 20 students registered for a National Diploma in Hotel Management at the Witwatersrand College of Advanced Technical
The STH was officially opened on 30 August 2005 by Sol Kerzner, South African business magnate and founder of two of the country’s largest hotel groups, and Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Deputy President and current Executive Director of United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The facilities at the customised Kerzner Building at UJ’s Bunting Road Campus have been designed to ensure a rich learning environment for practical and business skills.
Education. Three years later the Wits Hotel School, as it was affectionately known, started offering a three-year diploma in Hotel Management. The restructuring of the higher education landscape in 2005 led to the founding of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). It was during this time that the former Technikon of the Witwatersrand Department of Tourism and the Wits Hotel School was merged into the School of Tourism and Hospitality.
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