The mandate of UHTTI is derived from statute No.14 of 1999 and the universities and other tertiary institutions Act of 2001. Cabinet memorandum CT (2010) 109 further spelled out the principles for a bill for re-establishment of UHTTI under the Ministry of Tourism. UHTTI is mandated to;
- Organize and conduct courses in Tourism, Hotel management and Catering and to make provision for Advancement, Transmission and Preservation of Knowledge.
- Conduct examination and grant Certificates, Diplomas and other higher awards of the institute.
- To consult and cooperate with any body or organisation in or outside Uganda having similar functions.