New IBTE intake attend orientation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SEVENTY-FIVE newly registered students attended the first day of the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Mechanical Campus’ orientation week, said its registrar yesterday.
Aizen Syamsiah Hj Puasa told reporters that the number of students was less compared to last year’s July intake — which saw the induction of around 170 students — due to the student quota limit.
“Currently, there are still many students enrolled from last year and to balance the resources and facilities we have in school, we have to take less (students) this year,” the registrar said.
“This is to ensure the students will have sufficient learning experience throughout the course,” she added.
She also attributed the decrease to the academic restructuring of the institution as IBTE Mechanical Campus’ programmes are no longer under the Brunei Darussalam Technical and Vocational Education Council (BDTVEC) programme for this year’s intake.
“Under the BDTVEC programme, last year’s intake had the option to take a diploma at IBTE Mechanical Campus. This year, however, IBTE Mechanical Campus is no longer under the BDTVEC programme and currently only offering National Technical Education Certificate (NTec) and Higher National Technical Education Certificate (HNTec) programmes."
She said the restructuring was aimed to improve the quality of teaching and effectively accommodate and cater to the learning needs of students. The 75 students were among the 1,237 new students that registered at IBTE institutions for this academic year.
The IBTE Mechanical Campus orientation week, which includes safety briefing sessions, will end next Saturday.
The Brunei Times