‘IBTE encourages lifelong learning’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) is conducting research with the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education at Universiti Brunei Darussalam to improve lifelong learning courses in the country.

“We are currently doing research for the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL) to understand what needs to be offered for lifelong learning in Brunei,” said IBTE Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr Chin Wei Keh during an interview yesterday.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the 30th Japanese Speech Contest at the Lecture Hall, School of Aviation, IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus.

Dr Chin said the research will help them better understand what lifelong courses are available in the country and collectively work towards improving the courses offered based on the demand and interest in the country.

“Right now, (lifelong learning courses) aren’t consolidated as there are different organisations offering opportunities for (improving skills) and (learning new skills), so we wanted to learn what we have in Brunei and what we needed to (improve) and move on,” he said.

The goal of lifelong learning was providing the right courses to develop individuals rather than designing numerous options, he said.

“The key is to ensure that we provide opportunities for people to be lifelong learners. It’s not about what we offer but how we can develop an individual. Learning doesn’t only happen when you’re enrolled in IBTE or any other institution. Developing students to become continuous learners — that’s the objective we want to achieve,” he said.

Dr Chin said IBTE’s Continuing Education and Training Division needs to work towards capturing the interest of adult learners.

“In the past, we (used to have a lot of adult students), but currently there aren’t as many (course) choices. That’s why we’re trying to expand our options to (attract more) adult learners to (improve their skills and help them learn new ones).”

According to Dr Chin, one example of choices IBTE is looking to include are the skills and knowledge that students need to learn before venturing into entrepreneurship such as management courses and language courses.

“Many (people) want to venture into entrepreneurship (without any supporting knowledge or experience). You have to (understand the type of business you’re venturing into), for example, dressmaking, to learn it and build your business model. So these are some of the things we’re doing to promote certain types of entrepreneurship,” he added.

The Brunei Times