11 April 2017
STPPH Launched Master's Program in Tourism with Industrial Base
The lack of professional workforce in Indonesia’s tourism business has become one of the biggest challenges in employing business opportunities for tourism industry


UPH Rector, Dr. (Hon) Jonathan L. Parapak, M.Eng.Sc., hit the gong as a symbolism of the establishment of STPPH Tourism Master Program 


The lack of professional workforce in Indonesia’s tourism business has become one of the biggest challenges in employing business opportunities for the tourism industry. This was stated by Dr. Diena Mutiara Lemy, A.Par, M.M., Head of Pelita Harapan’s School of Hospitality and Tourism (STTPH), during the launching of STTPH’s Tourism Master Program on Monday, April 10, 2017, at STTPH Campus, Karawaci, Tangerang.

 “With the establishment of the Tourism Master Program, we hope that we are able to contribute more in producing tourism communities for Indonesia; a group of people who master their respective fields, who have the faith and character with the purpose of glorifying God. Certainly, this attempt is supported by our experiences in tourism education since 1995, competent and experienced lecturers, as well as industrial networking,” Diena explained.

According to her, the great thing about the Tourism Master Program of STPPH is its focus on an education which prepares students in building Tourism business. 


Dr. Diena Mutiara Lemy

“We believe that this focus is important because the opportunity for business is always wide open, especially in these four fields: hospitality, travel, destination and MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition) business,” she added.

Moreover, she also talked about a number of challenges in the tourism business, such as the lack of quality human resources who are able to compete with fellow graduates of local tourism school and also, with those of ASEAN region. The second challenge is the availability of infrastructure which is able to bring Indonesian tourism to an international scale. Lastly, the third challenge is how to make Indonesia’s Tourism into a sustainable tourism; one that pays good attention and is responsible for its continuity for future generations.


Those challenges have been anticipated by STTPH through various study programs, which has been designed to fulfill educational needs of tourism students such as extensive knowledge and skills in tourism planning and development, research methods, regional and inter-regional cultural studies, as well as sustainable tourism development. Furthermore, STTPH students are also equipped with various soft skills and specialized knowledge in tourism business with industrial based training and field study.

Through this Master program, Diena is optimistic towards the idea of increasing the number of professionals in Indonesia’s tourism business, who are able to make use of the opportunities offered in the thriving tourism business industry.

The Tourism Master Program will start in August 2017. It is open to graduates from any Tourism School as well as from other majors, but for those who falls into the last
category, they would have to follow a matriculation. All classes will be held at
STPPH Campus, Karawaci, Tangerang on Fridays and Saturdays, so that classes are available for working professionals.  


The launching of the Master Program for Tourism STTPH was held at the same time with STTPH’s annual event, HOSPITOUR. The event was themed “The Role of Tourism Higher Education in Responding to The Dynamic Trends in Sustainable Tourism-Creative Opportunity in Gastronomy”. The official establishment of the Master Program was marked with STTPH Rector, Dr. (Hon) Jonathan L. Parapak, M.Eng. Sc., hitting the gong for five times; then the event was continued with a seminar, which presented various experts as key speakers such as Prof. Dr. I Gede Pitana, M.Sc., (Tourism Ministry Deputy for Overseas Marketing), Indra Ketaren (Head of IGA-Indonesia Gastronomy Association) and Mandif Warokka (Chef Restorateur and  Indonesian Gastronomy Practitioner).

Diena hopes that through HOSPITOUR 2017, STTPH students could broaden their knowledge in gastronomy as one business point of view within the tourism industry. The opportunity for creative business in gastronomy is very wide open, thus, students are expected to consider gastronomy as part of their planning in the future.

The series of HOSPITOUR itself was held until April 12, 2017, with various programs and activities including seminar, community service (PKM), workshop and various competition. (rh)