Borneo SPB Officially Opened in West Kalimantan

by Igo Kleden

PONTIANAK – Good news for the people of West Kalimantan (Kalbar) in general and teenagers graduating from high school / vocational school and its equivalent. To take part in the world of tourism you do not need to go far to Bali, Bandung, Makassar or Jakarta. You just come to the Capital of West Kalimantan, Pontianak and register to be a student of the Bali Tourism School (SPB) Borneo on Jalan Arteri Supadio, Komplek Ruko Mitra Graha no.3-4, Kec. Sungai Raya, Kab. Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan. Because the Borneo SPB has been officially opened and is operating in West Kalimantan, a province that is being aggressively developing its regional tourism.

The opening of the Borneo SPB on Sunday, February 23, 2020 is quite special because it is coupled with the implementation of the Borneo Tourism Festival 2020 event. This event lasted for 2 days, namely February 22-23, 2020. On the first day (Saturday, 22/2) at the SPB Borneo, the activities were filled with English Speech Contest, there were also seminars, Cooking Challenges at the SMA / K level, PKK / General, and PHRI, and the Inauguration of West Kalimantan ICA Management Board.

In the afternoon at the Mercure Pontianak Hotel there was a Meet and Great with Chef Juna, Chef Henry Bloem and Chef Tedun. The event which was held together with dinner and entertainment was fun and interesting.

On the second day (Sunday, 2/23) at the SPB Borneo, the SPB Borneo Grand Opening was held. The inscription was signed by the Governor of West Kalimantan, H.Sutarmidji,SH.,M.Hum. Also present besides the Governor of West Kalimantan, were also seen as Head of the West Kalimantan Youth, Sports and Tourism Office, a number of Hotel General Managers, ICA members, International IPB Management, and a number of other invitees.

With the establishment of the SPB Borneo, this school is also a pioneer of the Hospitality Campus in West Kalimantan and is expected to produce superior HR in the field of tourism to advance tourism in West Kalimantan.

Chairperson of the Dharma Widya Ulangun Foundation, Dr. I Gede Nyoman Astina, M.Pd, CHA, CHF who oversees the SPB and STPBI Bali said the Borneo SPB was an adaptation of the Bali Hospitality School. Starting from the learning process, training, apprenticeship placement, labor distribution, etc. all refer to STB Bali. In line with that SPB Borneo also takes the concept of 1 stop learning which means that all the needs of students are in SPB Borneo. Astina also hopes that with the establishment of the Borneo SPB, it will be able to produce workers in the hospitality sector in the West Kalimantan region, which is now increasingly developing tourism. This means that the tourism workforce needs will certainly increase. SPB Borneo ensures it will take the role of creating and providing professional workforce for the needs of tourism development in West Kalimantan.

Meanwhile, the Governor of West Kalimantan, H.Sutarmidji,SH.,M.Hum., explained since a few years ago I hoped that there were institutions in the field of hospitality and tourism that were established in West Kalimantan. “I am grateful because in the end SPB Borneo was present. I appreciate it and put my hope in this institution for the advancement of tourism in West Kalimantan, “he stressed.

The Governor of West Kalimantan also hopes that students in the SPB Borneo will also be able to process regional food products to be more economically valuable. Because West Kalimantan is also rich in food products such as freshwater fish. When officially opened, SPB Borneo immediately had 50 students for the 2020/2021 school year. The study programs opened at STP Borneo are Basic Level 1 year program & Middle level 2 year program in the field of Housekeeping, Food Production and Food and Beverage Service. In addition there is a 1-year Cruiseline Program (cruise ship), there are programs for Waiters, Bartending, Cook and Steward Hotels.

Director of SPB Borneo, I Gusti Agung N. Winda, BBA, MBA, CHT also said that other advantages possessed by SPB Borneo were the Internship Program and work placements to Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and also a number of famous cruise ships. In addition, according to Gusti Agung Winda, SPB Borneo is also a Job Training Institute (LPK) in the field of tourism and hospitality that has international standard training facilities and infrastructure. Borneo SPB trainers come from tourism and hospitality practitioners who already have professionalism and work experience in their respective fields. The learning process consists of theory and practice classes carried out in LPK and industry.

The results of the training according to Winda, are ready to work because they already have professional certificates through Training or Real Work Practices and Work Competency Certificates. The SPB Borneo itself operates in West Kalimantan under the Santi Luhur Foundation, with the Chair of the Foundation being Mrs. Santi, S.E. Congratulation and good luck! (*)

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