MKJB replaces three diploma programmes with HNTEC

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JEFRI Bolkiah College of Engineering (MKJB) have replaced three of its diploma programmes with Higher National Technical Education Certificates (HNTEC) to better prepare graduates for jobs in the energy industry.

The Acting Principal of MKJB Norjemee Jenek told The Brunei Times yesterday that the changes would see diplomas in Computer Networking, Information Technology, Building Services Engineering replaced as HNTEC courses, which has an increased emphasis on “competency-based” practical skills over traditional academic curriculum.

“We welcomed 175 students for our annual intake earlier this week, who will be the first batch of students under the three new HNTEC courses,” said the acting principal.

The increase in HNTEC courses offered comes after the establishment of the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) last year aimed at producing graduates that are “better aligned” with the social and economic needs of Brunei.

“The HNTEC courses like their predecessors will also run for two years, but their availability be based off the demands from the industry itself,” said the acting principal.

Norjemee said that contemporary demands of Brunei's energy industry is researched by a committee under the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF).

“The Energy Department at the Prime Minister's Office informs the technical instutions of what the needs and demands of the industry is, based on the information they recieve from companies, through surveys and consultations,” he said.

Of the five HNTEC programmes currently on offer, Building Services Engineering has proved the most popular in this year's intake, with 60 students.

20 out of the 60 students are making the progression from the Sultan Bolkiah Vocation School, where they have obtained skill certificates from to qualify for HNTEC programmes, the acting principal informed.

MKJB still offers two diplomas under the Brunei Maritime Academy, also set up in 2014, in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering.

Norjemee said that the academy's intake frequency is also demand driven, and could rise up to a third batch this year.

“Enrolment for our HNTEC programmes are on an annual basis, but for the academy, the intakes can vary. There were three intakes last year in April, July and October. For this year that possibility also remains,” he added.

Yesterday marked the conclusion of the orientation programme for MKJB's July 2015 intake. During the four day introduction, students and parents were briefed on the college services, which include student welfare matters and a counselling unit.

The new intake also listened to a religious talk from Ustazah Norhayati Hj Abd Rahman from the Islamic Da'wah Centre and participated in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) awareness activities.

The Brunei Times