According to reports in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, the Minister of Culture and Tourism has given his approval for the Bali Tourism Academy (STP – Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata) to continue to accept new students from the general public for the coming academic year.
As reported by balidiscovery.com in [Bali's Tourism School to be Closed?], officials at the nation's top tourism schools in Bali, Bandung and Makasar were recently ordered to stop enrolling new students. That ruling was the outcome of a law passed in 2003 which required the three schools to return to their original function of serving as a training center in tourism for Indonesian Civil Servants.
Following intense lobbying by the school officials and concerned members of the tourism community it appears the Government has rescinded its earlier decision and will allow new students from the general public to enroll at the schools, at least until 2005 - the deadline for the implementation of the law passed last year.
As a condition of being allowed to accept new students the tourism institures will now be required to make space and curriculum available for civil servants undertaking 3-6 month courses in tourism studies.
Local press report that the STP's Bali Director, Mr. Made Sudjana, was greatly relieved at the change in policy allowing his school to receive new students for the coming academic year.
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