Kemuda unveils new campus

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

KEMUDA Institute (KI) unveiled its brand new campus in Beribi yesterday as part of efforts to upgrade facilities for its growing student population.

The new campus at Simpang 633, Jalan Beribi, can house up to 1,000 students, said representatives from the institute.

Facilities include seven classrooms, five computer labs, two technical rooms, surau, library, student’s common room, conference room, and meeting room.

The campus also has a block for administrative and academic management as well as sports and recreational facilities.

According to previous reports, KI has up to 250 students at its Gadong and and Belait branches, but student intake is rising since the Department of Economic Planning and Development’s (JPKE) technical and vocational education scholarship scheme was introduced in 2011.

The institute is one of six institutions selected to participate in the scholarship scheme and offers diplomas in information technology and business. The Ministry of Education said enrolment in private tertiary institutes has quadrupled since 2008.

JPKE Director-General Dr Hjh May Fa’ezah Hj Ahmad Ariffin said since the programme was introduced in July 2011, more than 5,000 students have been awarded scholarships. To date, the government has spent $13 million funding the scheme.

“With this scheme, our locals, particularly ‘O’ and ‘A’ level school leavers, have the opportunity to further their studies and find employment after completing their courses.”

Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dato Paduka Hj Ali Apong toured the new Kemuda campus yesterday, along with several senior government officials.

Executive Chairman of KI Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Razak Hj Muhammad briefed the officials on the progress and future plans for the institution.

“Our main mission for today’s event is to strengthen the close relationship and cooperation between PMO, Ministry of Home Affairs, BDTVEC and JPKE as an alliance in providing the best education the country,” said Dato Hj Razak.

He added that 157 students enrolled in both of its branches this year.

The deputy minister and entourage were given a tour around the campus which features some of the latest technology for teaching.

Founded by Dato Hj Abdul Razak, Kemuda Resource Agency was established in 1990 specialising in human resource development before evolving into KEMUDA Institute in 2004.

The Brunei Times