First Higher Education Expo comes to a close

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE first Higher Education Expo 2016 concluded yesterday with the three-day expo raking in close to around 7,000 visitors.

Head of Higher Education Section, Hjh Anis Faudzulani Hj Dzulkiflee told The Brunei Times that the response was overwhelming.

“We targeted around four thousand students attending but it has gone beyond that number. We don’t have the final figure yet as we are still crunching the data. We believe it may be over 6,000 close to 7,000,” she said.

The Higher Education Expo 2016 was the first to gather both government and private higher education institutions under one roof.

“Our objective was to give (students) guidance on where they should be going. It is decision time for them. They may not know what is available in the country, so aside from giving them ideas on what to do and where to go next in terms of progressing themselves, we want to show the landscape of our post-secondary and higher education in the country,” she said.

Head of the Scholarship Section Hj Ibrahim Hj Bagol said the expo was also good for parents who are planning for their children’s future.

Local institutions received their share of attention at the expo.

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) recorded more than 230 visitors while the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) had some 500 visitors at their booth.

The two religious educational institutions are part of the 10 private and government higher education institutions taking part in the expo.

KUPU SB’s acting deputy registrar (academic), Adi Rani Soffian Abdul Rahman, said their degrees and higher national diploma programmes were popular with the visitors.

“Religious teaching is our niche,” he said, adding that most visitors were ‘A’ Level students, degree graduates and those who wished to pursue their Masters.

KUPU SB offers Diploma, Higher National Diploma, Bachelor and post graduate programmes in religious teaching.

The institution produces religious teachers for primary and secondary schools and it has produced 1123 graduates from 2011 to 2014.

KUPU SB is currently opening applications for the 2016/2017 academic session. The deadline for submission is March 31.

In a separate interview, acting deputy registrar of UNISSA, Hayatuddin Hj Md Moksin, said their double degrees – Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Shariah (BSL) – are popular among their visitors.

Other popular courses include Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance and Bachelor of Business Management.

Their visitors were students who completed their ‘A’ level and Brunei Religious Education High Certificate Examination (STPUB).

“The double degree programmes are conducted in English, therefore it provides students from sixth form centres with the opportunities to apply for the programmes,” he said.

Interested applicants can apply for UNISSA through the Higher Education Centralised Admission System (HECAS) once the online application is made available.

The Brunei Times