UTB hopes to tap private sector to help grads get jobs
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE vice-chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei is calling on the private sector to team up with the varsity in providing work attachments and training for its students as a way of improving the employability of graduates.
Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman said in a recent interview that she also hopes to collaborate with the private sector in research.
“We want the industries to work with us, such as in research collaboration. Perhaps the industries can also sponsor students and work with them,” she said.
Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah said the varsity currently collaborates with two energy companies including Foster Wheeler for an oil and gas training programme.
She said every year, the varsity seeks to engage two or three companies to collaborate with.
“We’re hoping more industry players will come and partner with us by training our students and providing attachments,” she said.
Dr Hjh Zohrah said when students are trained, they will graduate with experience and the necessary skills.
“Also, some of these students who were on attachment may even end up working with the companies full-time,” she added.
The vice-chancellor is also seeking academic tie-ups with industry practitioners.
“We want practitioners to come in, and that’s something we’re very keen on. We need the practitioner perspective, those with the experience, knowledge and skills to come in and teach our students,” she said.
Meanwhile, the university’s assistant vice-chancellor (research) said they are also looking for oil and gas industry players to partner with them in research and development so that both sides can grow and contribute to the country.
Professor Dr Nawaf Hazim Saeid said only Brunei Shell Petroleum Company and Brunei LNG are currently collaborating with them.
“At the end of the day, we need to do something for this sector because both we and the country have potential. This is very important. The university is into theory and research, but really what’s happening in the industry is something we don’t know about.”
The Brunei Times