‘Lifelong learning to help nation’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Adopt lifelong learning for your career development and contribution to the nation, the Minister of Education told Laksamana College of Business (LCB) graduates yesterday.

Speaking during LCB's graduation ceremony at The Rizqun International Hotel, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong said the ceremony does not mean the end of the graduates' learning journey.

Future career paths will be shaped by the kind of sacrifices the graduates are willing to make, to acquire new knowledge and skills, he said.

"Thus, in developing your career, continuous professional development is a must, to enable you to effectively contribute to the development of our nation."

"Do remember that education is a continuous process that never ends. A higher education opens up your mind for lifelong learning," he added.

Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar said he was pleased to see an increase of students choosing local higher education institutions. "This tendency could be attributed to their confidence on the performance and reputation of our institutions."

The minister added that His Majesty's Government will continue to grant scholarships for students to pursue higher education overseas, especially in courses that are not available at local tertiary institutions.

"This year, to this date, more than 372 students have been granted scholarships to pursue their higher studies overseas. It is further encouraging to note that out of this number, 11 will pursue PhD in various disciplines while 58 students will pursue their Masters," he said.

Pehin Dato Dr Hj Abu Bakar said the ministry anticipated that the number of young Bruneians pursuing postgraduate studies to increase in the future.

While recognising the role of local private higher institutions in providing higher education in Brunei, the minister reminded they should be aware of the importance of maintaining and preserving quality education.

He further highlighted the need to maintain quality of academic standards and academic quality by ensuring quality of programmes offered, as well as the quality of academic staff engaged.

"It is fundamental at all times to exercise quality assurance to safeguard quality standards and promote learning opportunities for students. One needs to be selective and ensure the quality of foreign institutions which one wishes to collaborate," he said, adding it was as equally important to continuously review the programmes to suit current changes and future challenges.

To achieve the National Vision 2035 of transforming the people of Brunei as educated, highly-skilled and accomplished people, he said the ministry has outlined various initiatives, including the introduction of a new school curriculum, the review of higher education, retraining of school leaders and the implementation of intervention programmes in schools.

"We hope with this development, Insya Allah we would be able to realise the vision of Brunei 2035 on human resources development, and particularly in meeting the manpower requirements of Brunei in the future," he said.

The minister also acknowledged the contribution of private institutions and in particular, the LCB, for their contribution in providing an "avenue" for students to continue their studies.

"I am optimistic, with the present leadership, the college has the potential to be developed to achieve its academic excellence in the future," he said.

He congratulated the college for providing the opportunity for students to pursue their education. "I was informed that since its inception in 2003, LCB has successfully provided approximately over 600 local and international students with the opportunity to further their education."

Also present at the graduation ceremony were LCB Director Pehin Orang Kaya Ratna Setia Dato Setia Hj Abd Hapidz Pehin Orang Kaya Laksamana Hj Abd Razak, foreign dignitaries and senior government officials.

The Brunei Times