UBD signs with local logistics company
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THREE Students from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam School of Business and Economics (UBD SBE) will be undergoing a six month internship programme with local logistics company Archipelago Group following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed yesterday at the Integrated Sciences Building at UBD.
The MoU signed between UBD SBE and the Archipelago group aimed to open opportunities for UBD SBE students to gain working experience with the logistics company under UBD’s Discovery Year Internship Programme.
Signing the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations were Dean of UBD SBE Dr Hj Mohamad Nabil Almunawar and Executive Chairman of Archipelago group Hj Md Razali Hj Johari.
In an interview, the three students — currently taking a Masters in logistics — said the internship was an opportunity to learn hands-on about logistical operations in Brunei; a potential sector that could spur the country’s economic growth aside from oil and gas.
”After my degree, I had an internship with Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). (After that ended) I applied and managed to get a permanent position with the offshore division at BSP but I quit shortly after,” 24-year-old Norain Awg Damit-Harun said.
“Looking at the economy, it will be quite hard now working in the oil and gas sector (as oil prices are unstable). I chose (an internship in) logistics mostly to contribute to strengthening logistics infrastructure in Brunei. The country shouldn’t only depend on oil and gas,” she added.
Nursyazwani Bujang said “Most Bruneians would opt for a job in the oil and gas industry but what we are trying to do is go away from this conventional mind set and go into logistics which is a very niche market in Brunei.
“In other countries, logistics is a big contribution to their economies but not so much in Brunei, nevertheless we see in the future that this sector will be a heavy contributor to Brunei’s economy,” she said.
The Brunei Times