Up to 35 percent of the graduates are said to have already secured a job in the tourism industry. (Shutterstock/File)
NHI Bandung Institute of Tourism (STP NHI Bandung) recently held a graduation ceremony for 502 students on Nov. 6 at the school’s DOME Malabar in Bandung.
It was the second graduation this year with the first one was held in March.
The school’s head Dr. Anang Sutono explained that the graduates consisting of 23 graduate, 64 undergraduate, 121 D-IV diploma and 294 D-III diploma students.
“These graduates are expected to become professional workers with international quality in the tourism industry, especially since tourism is one of the leading national economy sectors,” told Anang.
Up to 35 percent of the graduates are said to have already secured a job in the tourism industry.
"In the next two months all of them will be employed,” added Tourism Ministry's deputy of tourism development, Ahman Sya.
Anang also hoped that the students could someday run their own business.
“That’s why this graduation ceremony is themed ‘Wonderful Entrepreneur for Wonderful Indonesia,’ as we hope the graduates can become entrepreneurs for the future of tourism in Indonesia,” Anang told.
Based on the Tracer Study data of STP NHI Bandung, in 2015 about 11.8 percent of its graduates became entrepreneurs and the number went up to 14.3 percent in 2016.
During the graduation ceremony, the school also did a partnership MoU signing with Box Hill Institute Australia, Pradita Institute of Science and Technology, Balai Besar Tekstil Bandung, Palembang Tourism Polytechnic, West Java International Airport, Espin Multimedia and the State of Victoria.
Additionally, STP NHI Bandung also signed an MoU with the dean of Bandung of Institute of Technology School of Business Management (SBM ITB) for the period of 2017 – 2019. This partnership includes six fields and is aimed to increase the brand value of STP NHI Bandung.
STP NHI Bandung was first established in 1962 and has graduated more than 21,000 people, of which 37.8 percent are working overseas. All of them work in the tourism-related businesses ranging from hotels, restaurants and cruise ships to travel agents and the government.
The ministry’s tourism marketing strategy department acting assistant Hariyanto said that human resources are one the most important factors for tourism development.
“High quality employees are important for tourism development because they are the deciding factor for tourists’ satisfaction level,” told Hariyanto. (kes)