CSC participants eye master’s degree

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PARTICIPANTS of the sixth Command Staff Course (CSC) 2016 are hoping to pursue a master's degree upon the completion of the 10-month course at the Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

A total of 27 military officers have enrolled in the sixth Command Staff Course (CSC) this year.

Among them are 14 RBAF officers and an officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force.

The remaining 12 military officers are from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

A ceremony to launch the course was held yesterday at the Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces Auditorium at Kg Tanah Jambu.

The CSC is 40-week postgraduate level course delivered in partnership with New Zealand’s Massey University, who is responsible for delivering the academic component of the Tri-Service course.

The course aims to broaden the professional and academic knowledge and develop command, analytical and communication skills of mid-level officers in order to prepare them for higher command and staff appointments.

Successful students at the course will be awarded the military qualification of ‘Passed Staff College’ (Joint) and also the Post Graduate Diploma in International Security with the option of pursuing a master's degree for the most able students.

In an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday, Major Muhammad Suradzin Hj Muhammad Yusof @ Yuzu from the Training Institute of RBAF, said that he has been looking forward to attending the course as it presents a very good platform to enhance and further one’s military career.

The course, he said, is a stepping stone not only for rank promotion but also to equip them with the required skills to become excellent Staff Officers.

InsyaAllah I will continue my studies for masters in International Security (after this),” said Major Muhammad Suradzin.

He went on to say that aside from academics, he is also hoping to foster and stregthen his bonds with international officers (IO).

“We can get to know each other in terms of culture, religion, the way we do things from both operational and administrative areas,” he said.

Major Muhammad Suradzin said the course allows the participants to gain knowledge from these officers, especially those from Pakistan and New Zealand as they are more experienced in dealing with tough situations in their respective countries.

Similarly, Lieutenant Commander Nurharirayati Yakub of the Royal Brunei Navy said she hopes to gain more knowledge and to be more professional in her career following the completion of the course.

“What I want most is to (enrol into a) master's programme. That’s what I am looking forward to,” she said.

She added that she will strive to give her very best and gain as much knowledge as she can through the course.

She went on to say that she will balance her responsibilities as a mother of four and a wife.

Major Tang Chong Kiat from the Singapore Army felt that the course was a platform to build a network of friends.

He said that, beyond the professional academic perspective, he hoped to immerse himself into the culture of Brunei.

“Singapore is a multi-racial country so I have a lot of Malay friends. I really hope to immerse myself into the culture and assimilate into the environment here,” said Major Tang.

Speaking for the entire faculty, he said that they are looking forward to the course, especially since there is a new campus.

Infantry of Bangladesh Army Major Mohib Al Mahmud said he was looking forward to mingling with peers from across the globe and sharing their experiences.

“To learn each other’s culture, the way we fight, the way we are trained.... _InsyaAllah _in the next 10 months I hope that I will learn from many, especially from the RBAF officers and also the officers from across the globe,” said Major Mohib.

Yesterday’s opening ceremony was officiated by the Commander of RBAF, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah.

In his welcoming speech, the RBAF commander reminded students that they should always take the opportunity to foster relationships and build network, not only during the duration of the course but also after they have all gone their separate ways.

He further urged students to adapt accordingly to the course.

The course, he said, still requires some fine-tuning and it evolves from course-to-course, but students should still take the opportunity to learn, not only from the course itself but also from one another.

“Each and every one of you will no doubt have something to bring to the table,” said the RBAF Commander.

The Brunei Times