Top five Universities- Choosing a place to study a degree in hospitality management or Bachelor of Hospitality is often a very personal choice based on a number of criteria. Where is the university situated, what facilities do they have, what are their contacts with industry, do they offer overseas internships, who are the faculty members, what success do the alumni have. Are they registered with The Department for Higher Education, CHE, SAQA?

I have listed five hotel management schools and Hospitality universities- Public and Private – in South Africa and the cities they are situated.

1. Johannesburg

The Swiss Hotel School South Africa

The Swiss Hotel School South Africa is a unique Higher Education Institution offering world-renowned Hospitality education. Graduates of our Degree in Hospitality Management and Professional Culinary Arts programmes (ProfCAP) work in many different parts of the world and are much sought after by employers in Europe, South Africa, UAE, U.S.A and Australia to name a few. SHS started offering high-quality education at its first campus in 1995. Founded by Jurg Vontobel (a well-known hospitality educator from Switzerland). SHS quickly gained a firm reputation for the competence, skill and ‘can-do’ attitude of its students.

The Swiss Hotel School offers a CHE accredited Bachelor of Hospitality Management – a 3 year Degree programme & a City & Guilds, QCTO accredited Professional Culinary Arts Programme. SHS is considered one of the best hotel and culinary institutions in Africa.

The Swiss Hotel School has an excellent reputation with International hospitality organizations as well as top companies in South Africa and has an association with BHMS in Switzerland that allows graduates to study Masters in Hospitality Management or a Culinary Degree.

2. Pretoria

University of Pretoria

Consumer science offers students the opportunity to specialise in various fields of interest, namely clothing retail management, food retail management or hospitality studies.

The undergraduate programmes in Consumer Science are structured over four years of full-time study. UP is presently the only South African university that offers consumer science degrees with a focus on the economic and management science aspects of the specific specialisation fields. Students are therefore sought-after, especially in the retail sector.

The programmes deal with the properties of the product categories, consumers’ purchasing and consumption behaviour, product management and the development of new products and services. Consumer science aims to encourage strategies to enhance informed, responsible buying and consumption behaviour and consumer satisfaction, and to address the needs of people in small businesses and the retail sector.

3. Cape Town

CPUT Cape Town Hotel School

The Cape Town Hotel School is part of the Faculty of Business Management Sciences of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is proud in offering a long tradition of quality, contemporary and relevant curriculum at our Granger Bay campus, located at Mouille Point in Cape Town. The Cape Town Hotel School was established in 1991 as an integral part of the South African Hospitality Industry and is one of the finest Hospitality Management Training establishments in Southern Africa. Offering Degree in Hospitality Management.

4. Bloemfontein

Central University of Technology, Free State

Students of the The Hotel School of the University are highly recommended for employment, i.e. banqueting managers, hoteliers, guesthouse managers, restaurant managers, chefs, waiters, bar tenders, event managers, front office, etc. Offering programmes such as Hospitality Management Diploma as well as Advanced and Post-graduate.

5. Durban

Durban University of Technology

Good hospitality management is about ensuring high standards in businesses which provide hospitality as their core product, mainly in respect of accommodation, food and beverage production and service, conferences and leisure activities.

Although establishments vary with regard to business emphasis and target markets, a common commitment to service excellence is essential. It is only the degree of luxury that changes. As a career which depends upon service as its cornerstone, it is the challenge of every general manager and his/her team to ensure that each guest leaves the hotel as a satisfied and well disposed customer. DUT offers various Diplomas and Degrees in Hospitality, Tourism and Catering Management.

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Other Options

  • IIE and Varsity College
  • Capital Hotel School
  • International Hotel School