Education expo gets good response

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

The Higher Education Expo may be held again next year due to the positive response during its launch, said the Minister of Education

“I’m very happy with the turnout. This is the first year we’re doing it, and the response was very good and very encouraging,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman in an interview on the sidelines of the event.

More than seven private and government higher education institutions are taking part in the expo, which was launched yesterday at BRIDEX Hall in Jerudong.

“We hope we can do this again next year to let (the public) know that there are good courses here and that they don’t necessarily have to go out (of the country) all the time to further their studies.”

He hoped the expo would prove useful to the public for finding their desired courses and added that the ministry will continue to ensure that quality education is provided to prepare students to be job ready and enable them to find employment once they enter the job market.

In his opening speech, the minister said the expo provides a platform for higher education institutions to better share and market their programmes to the public and to demonstrate that Brunei’s post-education landscape is constantly changing.

“These changes have opened up many opportunities for our students to enhance and diversify their knowledge and skills and at the same time contribute to increasing the capacity of human resources in the country,” he added.

Many visitors and participants gave positive feedback on the concept of the expo.

Nur Aqeedah, who recently completed her GCE A-Level, said the expo was very helpful as it provided her with information regarding various courses and programmes from different institutions.

“If it was just an (individual) open day at every institution, it would be difficult to find transportation and time,” she added.

Mohd Ariff Serudin, who graduated from Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre, said the expo has helped open up his options.

He said initially he was only focused on entering Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

“I visited UBD, Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Politeknik Brunei’s booths,” said Mohd Ariff, adding that the expo should be conducted again in the future as it was very informative.

Siti Nor Farhanah Pg Othman, an ITB student council member, said the expo has made it much easier for the public to survey and study what courses they want to take.

“I think compared to individual (open days), it should be done like this (expo). It’s more convenient.”

Higher Education Expo 2016 is the first to gather both government and private higher education institutions together under the same roof to showcase and share the programmes they offer.

Participating in the expo is UBD, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), ITB, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers’ University College (KUPU SB), Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), Laksamana College of Business (LCB), International Graduate Studies (IGS) College, Kemuda Institute, Brunei Darussalam Institute of Certified Public Accountants (BICPA) and Micronet International College.

The two-day expo is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm and ends today. Anyone interested in pursuing a higher education is welcome to attend.

The Brunei Times