PONTIANAK, West Kalimantan (BPN) – Bali Hospitality Institute (SPB) finally opens its campus in West Kalimantan (Kalbar) by the name SPB Borneo, on Sunday, February 23, 2020. SPB Borneo is hoped can develop tourism skills for human resources in Kalbar, a province that aggressively developing its regional tourism.
Located on Jalan Arteri Supadio, Komplek Ruko Mitra Graha no.3-4, district of Sungai Raya, Kubu Raya Regency, the opening was held concurrently with the Borneo Tourism Festival 2020. This event lasted for 2 days on February 22-23, 2020. The SPB Borneo itself operates in West Kalimantan under the Santi Luhur Foundation, with Santi, S.E as the Chairwoman of the Foundation.
The first day of the festival at the SPB Borneo was filled with English Speech Contest, seminars, Cooking Challenges, and the Inauguration of Indonesian Chef Association (ICA) of West Kalimantan.
While the opening of the SPB Borneo was held on the festival’s second day, which officially opened by Governor of West Kalimantan Sutarmidji. SPB Borneo’s opening was also attended Head of the West Kalimantan Youth, Sports, and Tourism Office, several Hotel General Managers, ICA members, International IPB Management, and other invitees.
SPB Borneo is also becoming the 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. Dr. I Gede Nyoman Astina, M.Pd, CHA., CHF., Chairman of the Dharma Widya Ulangun Foundation, the foundation that supervises SPB and STPBI Bali, said the SPB Borneo is an adaptation of the Bali Hospitality Institute.
Starting from the learning process, training, internship placement, labor distribution, etc. all refer to STB Bali. SPB Borneo also applies the concept of one-stop learning which means that all the needs of students are in SPB Borneo.
Astina also hopes that the SPB Borneo will be able to produce workers in the hospitality sector in West Kalimantan, which is now developing its tourism. This means that the tourism workforce needs will certainly increase. SPB Borneo ensures it will take the role of creating and providing a professional workforce for the needs of tourism development in West Kalimantan.
Meanwhile, the Governor of West Kalimantan Sutarmidji said that he has been waiting for a tourism or hospitality institute to be established in the region.
“I am grateful because in the end SPB Borneo finally arrives. I appreciate it and put my hope in this institution for the advancement of tourism in West Kalimantan,” he said.
Governor Sutarmidji 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 already has 50 students for the 2020/2021 school year. The study programs opened at STP Borneo are Basic Level 1 year program and Middle level 2 year program for Housekeeping, Food Production, and Food and Beverage Service. Besides, there is a 1-year Cruise line Program, there are also programs for Waiters, Bartending, Cook and Steward Hotels.
Director of SPB Borneo I Gusti Agung N. Winda, BBA, MBA, CHT., explained that other advantages at SPB Borneo are the Internship Program and work placements to Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and also several famous cruise ships.
Besides, Gusti Agung Winda continued, SPB Borneo is also a Job Training Institute (LPK) in the field of tourism and hospitality that has international standard training facilities and infrastructure. SPB Borneo trainers come from tourism and hospitality practitioners who already have professionalism and experience in their respective fields.
The learning process consists of theory and practice classes carried out in LPK and industry. As the results of the training, according to Winda, the students are ready to work because they already have professional certificates through Training and Work Competency Certificates.