Accra Technical University and Accra Marriott Hotel Sign MoU to Enhance Hospitality Education
Date: May 23, 2024

Accra Technical University (ATU) and Accra Marriott Hotel owned by African Hospitality Limited, have entered a formal partnership to strengthen academic and industry collaboration in the hospitality sector. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at the ATU Council Chamber.

During the signing ceremony, Acting Vice-Chancellor of ATU, Prof. Amevi Acakpovi, expressed his optimism about the collaboration. He intimated that the agreement would facilitate knowledge exchange and professional development for the University’s faculty. “Working closely with Marriott’s team of experts, our educators will gain insights into the latest industry trends, innovations, and best practices,” he said.

Mr. Luciano Scelza, General Manager of Accra Marriott Hotel, also conveyed his enthusiasm for the collaboration. He highlighted the importance of providing students with practical experience to complement their theoretical studies. He added that the collaboration is the first of its kind, with more in the offing to ensure that students benefit immensely. “We don’t want to give a job; we want to give a career and brighter future for everybody. Want to use our name, our standard operating procedures and our policies to make sure this dream come true for our students”, he said.

The MoU aims to establish a comprehensive framework for cooperation between the two institutions, focusing on practical training, research collaboration, and knowledge transfer. This initiative is designed to enhance the practical training of students in the hospitality industry, ensuring they acquire both theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience.

The primary objectives of the MoU include training students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to meet the human resource needs of the hospitality industry, enhancing the relationship between academia and industry, and promoting the growth and self-development of ATU students through exposure to best practices.

Key components of the collaboration will involve practical training in hospitality management for students and teaching staff, practical attachment and internship programs, research collaboration, and knowledge transfer through seminars, workshops, and guest lecture series.

This partnership is expected to address the skills gap and reduce shortages in the hospitality industry, producing a job-ready workforce and improving the

employability of ATU graduates. Additionally, the MOU provides an opportunity for staff of Accra Marriott Hotel to receive certification from ATU.

Prof. Acakpovi signed on behalf of ATU whereas Mr. Scelza signed on behalf of the hotel.


Date: May 23, 2024