In a series of the Open House at the International Bali Tourism Institute (STPBI) for six days (May 5-10) was commenced with the implementation of Gala Dinner on Monday (May 5) attended by high schools and the equivalent, colleges, government agencies and tourism stakeholders.
“This Open House event, particularly the Gala Dinner, is held by the STPBI students of fourth semester majoring in the F & B Service and F & B Production where at the end of the semester they shall make an activity whose organization is entirely left to them, including the creation of theme, types of menus as well as table set up. Hopefully, they would be familiar to do practical things experienced in person and they surely experience such things and do them when entering the real jobs in the industry,” said I Made Sudjana, Chairman of the SPBI.
“Hopefully, the audience attending this gala dinner could give comments on the food presentation, table set up and the services so that we can give you the best. Besides, this also serves an evaluation to reach the best in the future,” asked Sudjana while giving an opening speech of the Gala Dinner.
Due to strict competition in the world of work, especially tourism, the STPBI always made an effort and strategies in order to continuously exist and could go global by continuing to improve the competence of the students through a variety of ways. And the open house was one of them. In welcoming the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015, the competence would certainly become a milestone in the global and regional competition, while pursuant to the observation of the users we were still experiencing weakness, especially in the foreign language mastery.
To anticipate this, the STPBI had brought in native speakers and looked for foreign partners to improve the language skills of the students. Even, the institution had sent students to On-the-Job Training to the United States for one year with special visa. This year, a total of 300 STPBI students departed for on-the-job training in the United States. Armed with the experience during the on-the-job training overseas, they would be able to improve the mastery of foreign language and self-confidence so they were able to compete in domestic and international job opportunities.
“As our appreciation to the United States where many of our students take the on-the-job-training, in a series of the Open House on Friday (May 9), we hold a special event entitled American Day, where the campus really reflects the American atmosphere. It aims at giving an overview to students as well as disseminating something associated with America. The event is fully supported by the U.S. embassy in Jakarta,” added I Made Sudjana.
The STPBI was established in 2000 spreading across an area of one hectare on Jalan Gatot Subroto Denpasar. It is managed under the Dharma Widya Ulangun Foundation. So far, it has graduated 11,000 students and almost all of them have got absorbed in the industry both at home and overseas. (BTN/014)