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Supporting Merdeka Belajar, SEAMOLEC Launched CATC Online Course Programme

Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum (CATC) Online Courses, Development and Implementation in Indonesia was officially and virtually launched on January 20, 2021 at 14.00-15.30 hrs. (GMT+7). The event was participated by more than 300 participants, including students, teachers, industry, and representatives from several directorates of The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of Indonesia. This programme is prepared to support the revitalisation of vocational education in Indonesia, which is one of priority programmes of MoEC, called Merdeka Belajar in 2021. The Concept of Merdeka Belajar is interpreted as in accordance with the objectives of Open and Distance Learning (ODL), which facilitate students to study at anytime, anywhere, and based on their talent, interest, and capability.

The CATC programme has been initiated by SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) since November 2018, by conducting a feasibility study in 6 Southeast Asian countries; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, The Philippines, Thailand, and Timor Leste. This study was aimed to explore the possibility of ODL programme implementation in tourism sector, and with main objective to gather information related to CATC implementation status in various Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, as well as to seek for stronger networking and partnership.

The findings of the study showed that the implication and implementation of ASEAN Common Competency Standard Tourism Professional (ACCSTP) and CATC has been managed by education and training providers in various ways according to the policy, needs, and obstacles in each country.

As a follow up of the study results, in 2019, 3 units of Housekeeping competency subjects was developed; 1) Provide housekeeping service to guests, 2) Clean and prepare rooms for incoming guests, and 3) Provide a lost and found facility. They were all tested in early 2020.

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In the year 2021 SEAMEO SEAMOLEC invited as partners; 12 Indonesian vocational high schools in the field of hospitality, Centre of Quality Assurance Development of Vocational Education (BBPPMPV) in Business and Tourism, and industries. Furthermore, supports also coming from Coordinator of Indonesian SEAMEO Centres, Directorate of Partnership and Alignment of Business and Industry, and Directorate of Vocational High Schools, MoEC. All partners will develop 21 titles of competency units to be used in furthers activities, webinar series and online course development.


The launching event was opened by report of the CATC Coordinator Programme in SEAMOLEC, Cahya Kusuma Ratih, SEAMOLEC Research and Development Manager. SEAMOLEC Director, R. Alpha Amirrachman, M.Phil., Ph.D. delivered his welcome remarks, and the Principal of SMKN 6 Yogyakarta, Wiwik Indriyani, S.Pd., M.Si delivered remarks representing all 12 schools that joined in this programme.

The representative of the tourism industry also shared their supports, presented by Arya Pering Arimbawa, the Head of Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA); the Head of BBPPMPV in Business and Tourism, Sabli, SH, MH.; and the Director of Vocational High Schools, M. Widiyanto, S.Pd., MT. This event was officially launched by the Director of Partnership and Alignment of Business and Industry, Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr. Ahmad Saufi, S.Si, M.Sc.

Through this CATC Programme SEAMOLEC expected that there will be more and more students facilitated by flexible and easy access to learning resources. They will be able to study from anywhere at any time, based on their talent, interests, and capability. It will also allow them to expand their networks with Southeast Asian colleagues, in accordance with the tourism professional mobility concept in Southeast Asia region.

To watch the recorded event, please visit this link: https://youtu.be/ofPTU8Zw-dM