NZ institute, local promoter sign pact
The Borneo Post- Saturday, March 15, 2003

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KUCHING: Tourism Minister Dato Sri Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) of New Zealand and a local promoter at his office here on Wednesday.

CPIT was represented by Dr Pim Borren, Dean of Commerce and Dr David Weir, Dean of International Education. The local promoter was represented by Datuk Amin Satem, president of the Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Honorary Consol of New Zealand in Sarawak, Datuk Abang Abdul Karim who is also the president of Sarawak Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce (DUBS), Alex Ting who is chairman of Malaysia New Zealand Business Council (MNZBC) Sarawak Chapter and Rodger Chan who is director of NZ Centre in Sarawak.

The MoU was the result of the visit by Johari to New Zealand late last year. The Minister led a tourism and business delegation and visited CPIT in Christchurch.

Johari stated that the MoU served to initiate co-operation between CPIT and the local promoter in line with the government plan to develop the tourism industry, particularly in food and hospitality to world-class standard.

He felt that professional and quality training would be an important ingredient for the promotion of overall tourism development in the State.

Meanwhile, Karim said the MoU would meet the needs of the State and promote economic co-operation between the two countries.

Dr Borren said the MoU and subsequent co-operation would be an exciting opportunity to CPIT, Christchurch City and New Zealand as a whole, to work closely within the BIMP-EAGA region, particularly Sarawak, to help the tourism industry to grow.

"The growth in the tourism sector will be a continuous process as part of the world global expansion process. It is a safe industry and as the developing countries develop further, the industry can only grow more."

CPIT is a premier institution of higher learning and has the largest school of Food and Hospitality in New Zealand. It is also the largest Institute of Technology in the South Island of New Zealand and well known internationally for its IATA programme, and is a major government provider of IATA training.

It offers more than 3,000 courses with 250 qualifications at certificate, diploma and degree level which are all fully accredited by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA).

Students interested to study there can contact the NZ Centre locally on 082-483888 or email to admin@nzcentre.biz or visit website at www.nzcentre.biz.