LCB eyes offering oil, gas courses

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THE Laksamana College of Business (LCB) is looking into the possibility of introducing oil and gas courses, and is currently in discussion with relevant parties, said its principal/director yesterday.

Ian Pirie, who is also the principal/director at the Kensington College of Business in England, said Chester University has received government approval and funding in the United Kingdom for this proposal.

Chester University is an official LCB partner institution.

“From initial discussions in Brunei, it appears these courses would be welcomed by the industry,’’ he said in his speech at LCB’s graduation ceremony yesterday.

Pirie said another new course LCB is looking to introduce is within the hospitality scope.

“A number of students and staff in the hospitality courses have referred to the need for specific catering or culinary courses in Brunei. Market research and a feasibility study have been carried out and we hope to make an announcement later this year,’’ he said.

The principal said other recent important provisions of practical education at LCB include collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism on tour guide courses; engaging with CfBT on Business English for BTEC Level students, and working with Alliance Francaise to offer Business French classes as a supplementary course.

The LCB was established in 2003 and to date, they have produced 3,500 graduates from different programmes starting from certificate and diplomas.

Pirie said around 40 UK universities now approve LCB courses, and have given positive feedback on how well prepared the students they receive from LCB are. “Over this time, there have been over 850 LCB graduates from British universities,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kensington College of Business Professor John Wilson in his welcome speech at the afternoon session urged students to consider internship during long semester breaks, as this can help develop skills such as teamwork.

He also reminded students to avoid cramming in lots of information into a short space of time as it is not effective and results in a limited understanding of the curriculum.

“You must learn how to write reports that are brief, clear and to the point rather than long winded,” he said, adding that students should write reports based on their understanding and avoid plagiarism.

The Brunei Times