KDU Serves The Royals In Brunei Sultan’s Golden Jubilee

 
Group photo of KDU contingent at the airport before taking off to Brunei. KDU Brunei trip contingent having a group photo session with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak (Centre).
It was indeed proud, joyous and eye-opening experience for both KDU’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) students and lecturers as they were invited as the support team for Hyatt Borneo Management Services to partake in the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. The contingent was given the task to deliver their utmost quality service and support to ensure the success of this pinnacle moment for the once-in-a-lifetime occasion which marks His Majesty’s 50th years as Sultan of Brunei. A group of 130 SHTCA students (Diploma in International Hotel Management, Diploma in Culinary Arts, Bachelors of Hospitality Management and Bachelors of Culinary Management) together with 20 lecturers were flown to Brunei to gain precious experience and exposure on how to work in the royal palace.

The main objective of this special trip to Brunei is to establish a robust relationship between KDU, Hyatt Borneo Management Services and Brunei.  According to Chef Hamirudin Bin Nazir, the Chef Lecturer of KDU’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, “Our target is to be the first priority for Hyatt Borneo Management Services as a supporting team to execute any event in future regardless of its scale.” He added, “This is because events such as the Golden Jubilee could greatly benefit KDU students and lecturers in terms of the knowledge sharing, rich experience, acquisition of skills and techniques, new environment and adaptation to style of work with different parties.” Understanding the value of this exclusive trip as more than just a fieldwork is extremely important as both students and lecturers are able to gain knowledge beyond the classroom and improve themselves holistically.

A total of 480 support members comprised of selected local workers and other higher institutions as well as a local culinary school of Brunei were needed to ensure the success of this momentous occasion. It is notable that KDU has sent the most number of support members that were assigned to different departments such as kitchen, food and beverages services, butler, procurements and others.

The main activities were conducted in the palace, Istana Nurul Iman where the celebration of the ceremony, Royale Banquet and other activities took place. However, KDU team is not only supporting in Nurul Iman but to other palace and villas as well, such as Istana Edinburgh, Ansara Villa and Istana Darut Takwa. Each unit was supervised by at least one KDU lecturer to monitor and manage the students according to the schedule prepared by the management.

The trip to partake in the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne has indeed benefitted the group of KDU students and lecturers tremendously. It is hoped that collaborations between KDU and industrial partners would continue to grow in order to bring the best quality education for students to prepare them to ‘hit the ground running.’