BKAF wants local firms to take in more Korean students

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE president of the Brunei-Korea Association for Friendship (BKAF) is calling on local companies to provide work placement opportunities for Korean students in Brunei.

BKAF yesterday announced at a press conference that they have started a programme to provide South Korean students work placements in Brunei and hope to expand the programme to accommodate more participants in the near future.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Dr Hj Kamaruddin Dato Seri Paduka Hj Talib said that while the arrangements of Korean students coming to Brunei would be government-centric previously, having the private sector involved would increase the volume of the two-way exchange between the countries.

“What is most compelling about the way we’re doing it is that it’s a connection between a private enterprise and the student directly which helps move things along and gets more students to come more easily.

“So I hope that more local companies will join this programme and take more students from South Korea as interns, especially in areas that South Korea is a global leader in such as engineering or IT,” he said.

Dr Hj Kamaruddin, who is also the chairman of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the attachments have the potential to be a mutually beneficial undertaking for both sides.

“Korean students on attachment in Brunei can offer their expertise, because of course South Korea is a much more advanced nation in terms of engineering, culture, industry and technology, so they can bring that extra knowledge to the local companies as well.

“In addition, our locals can also learn from some of the qualities that Koreans have such as their incredible work ethic and discipline which helped South Korea become what it is today,” he said.

According to a press statement, BKAF was established in 2004 with the support of the Korean embassy in Brunei with the main objective of promoting friendship and interaction between the two countries on the social and cultural aspects of the relationship.

BKAF also aims to help foster tourism, trade and academic and cultural exchange between the countries.

The Brunei Times