Minister: Offer quality courses

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THE minister of education yesterday called upon private higher education institutions to offer courses that are relevant to the job market.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong said tertiary education institutions must introduce “quality programmes” to ensure their graduates are employable.

“The offering of quality programmes in specific areas is extremely important to ensure they (students) are qualified and have the potential to become an asset to the country,” he said.

The minister was speaking during Micronet International College’s graduation ceremony for 534 students at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

He went on to say that the programmes could help in achieving Vision 2035 as it would develop the youth as they will be well-trained and have the required knowledge to improve their employability.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Abu Bakar said quality programmes also improve the reputation of education institutions in Brunei.

“It will definitely attract more local and foreign students to study in the country, thus making Brunei Darussalam an education hub in the future,” he said.

The minister said the quality of tertiary education institutions is everyone’s responsibility.

“It is all responsibility to prepare an education system with quality… we can achieve Vision 2035 by supporting and motivating students to choose these institutions. InsyaAllah, this will result in the development of our economy,” he added.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Abu Bakar also encouraged graduates to aim for private sector jobs or take up entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, some Micronet International College graduates said time management is key to achieving good academic results.

Mohd Shariman Hj Md Salleh, a Brunei Darussalam Technical and Vocational Education Council (BDTVEC) Higher National Diploma in Computing graduate, said time management was important for him as he was a part-time student and an employee at the Ministry of Development.

“It was hard, but you need to learn how to manage your time well to ensure you can focus your studies and in your job.

“Studying and focusing during your classes make you understand the topics better, so you don’t need to study after class, which will result in more time to focus on other tasks,” he added.

Nurhazaeyatul Syahirah Maini, a BDTVEC Diploma in Information Technology graduate, said she made early plans to set aside time for her studies and social life.

“Education is very important to me, which is why I mainly focused on my education than my social life,” she added.

Zainul Arifin Hanipiah, a graduate of NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing, said one’s mind will be focused if they manage their time well.

He added that students should also prioritise their needs, in which he highlighted that education was his priority.

“There is stiff competition in education and employment, so you need to stand out from the crowd by having high grades, and you can only do that when you are focused on your priorities,” he said.

The Brunei Times