Indonesia comes to Dudley!

Dudley College continues its successful international programme this week as it hosts visitors from the State Polytechnic of Kupang (PNK), Indonesia.

The partnership, which has been operating over the last year, is aimed at developing PNK’s training in Travel and Tourism and Solar Power. Kupang, based in the south of Indonesia, has been identified as a potential growth area for solar power in the region, while its location as the country’s gateway to East Timor and Australia makes it ideally situated for a growing tourism industry. Together, these sectors contribute to the region meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

However, in order to meet these goals, Kupang needs a skilled workforce, and this is where our partnership comes in. Dudley College and PNK are working to develop a training programme for the travel and tourism industry, ensuring that hotels and restaurants in the region are able to deliver an excellent service to visiting tourists. Alongside this, we aim to ‘localise’ Solar Power training to meet the local regulatory framework. To achieve this, we will be working with City and Guilds to provide internationally recognised qualifications for PNK’s students. We have also drawn upon the expertise of the Black Country Museum in Dudley, an award-winning replica 19th Century town with a long history at the centre of our local visitor economy.

Matthew Cadden-Hyde, International Operations Manager at Dudley College, said “It’s been great working with PNK over the last year. We first made contact during the British Council’s Bringing the Learning Home event late in 2015, and the relationship between our colleges has gone from strength to strength ever since.”

The project is the latest in the long-standing relationship between Dudley College and the British Council. As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council brings together partnerships to operate ‘international skills projects’, capacity building programmes that allow UK organisations to work with colleagues from around the world to tackle identified areas for development. Dudley College operates a number of these partnerships; as well as Indonesia, we work with the British Council in India, China, South Africa and Pakistan.

The next step in this project is to formally accredit the new training programmes, at which point they will be available to students in Kupang. This won’t be the end of this partnership, however, as we are already in discussions around looking at further collaboration in IT, Electrical Engineering and CNC operations. It’s clear that Dudley’s future in Indonesia is bright!