Students to gain from ITB, Microsoft tie-up
INSTITUT Teknologi Brunei (ITB) has teamed up with Microsoft and Foster Wheeler in a bid to improve teaching and learning at the university.
The strategic partnerships were established following the memorandum of understanding inked between the three parties.
Under the MoU with Microsoft, the Partner in Learning-Education Transformation Agreement (PiL-ETA) will provide a comprehensive joint public-private programme for educational excellence with the aim to ‘Transform Learning’, ‘Further Innovation’ and ‘Develop 21st Century Skills and Employability’ within the next five years.
The MoU was signed by ITB Acting Vice-chancellor Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman, and Microsoft (Brunei) Sdn Bhd's Country Manager Haniza Zakariya.
“ITB’s aspiration on PiL is unique, they have incorporated a vision to leverage on the DreamSpark programme – a programme that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes,” said Haniza.
Since the Partner in Learning Education was set up a decade ago, she noted that it has had a lasting global impact. With the MoU, ITB will be joining large communities of 207 million students worldwide.
Haniza said students would be provided with Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools “at no cost so that students can chase their dreams and create the next breakthrough in technology – or just to get a head start on their career”.
“We continue to believe, only through local presence and local connection, our mutual aspiration to support (Brunei’s National) Vision 2035 can be effectively achieved for the benefits of the communities and business,” said the country manager.
On behalf of ITB, Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah also inked the MoU with Roberto Perno, Global CEO for Foster Wheeler (Brunei) Sdn Bhd.
The MoU with Foster Wheeler provides a platform for developing specialised industry training in ITB to equip students with industry knowledge and skills to improve employability in the oil and gas industry. The five-year MoU will also provide industrial placements for Business, Computer Science and Engineering students.
The Brunei Times