Laksamana seeks to improve employability of graduates

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

LAKSAMANA College of Business is working with Alliance Francaise De Brunei to help students increase their value in the local and international job market.

During the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between LCB and AF Brunei yesterday, Alliance Francaise De Brunei Director Fabienne Sylla-Pousse said the new French Business Course at Laksamana College of Business will give business and hospitality students skills that will help them land jobs.

“Our goal in this partnership is to give these students more skills which will enable them to be more competitive in the job market and to become more valuable (to local companies) in Brunei, international companies (in Brunei) or companies outside Brunei,” she told The Brunei Times.

She said the 14-week programme will teach the students to speak French and familiarise themselves with the French language working environment.

The language skills and knowledge will also give them an opportunity to seek jobs in France or other countries that use the French language, she added.

Alliance Francaise De Brunei is an association that promotes the French language and culture and works towards fostering a better understanding between the two countries.

Laksamana College of Business Chief Operating Officer S Sivarajah said mastery of other language skills will allow their students to stand out from other job candidates.

“It is important to know additional languages because it gives them a competitive advantage,” said Sivarajah, who is also the college’s deputy principal.

He said language skills will also increase their chances of landing a job in Brunei and in other countries.

“With additional languages, they can look outside Brunei rather than just thinking they have to stay here. We want to create an environment for them so they can go out in the world and work anywhere,” he said.

Sivarajah said students should continue improving themselves by gaining additional skills and knowledge as these will benefit them in their future career.

In his welcoming speech, the deputy principal said the course will also help students understand French culture and traditions which will create a stronger cultural relationship between France and Brunei.

“This will benefit both parties. But I highly believe it will have a strong impact on our current and future students. Providing the chance for our students to learn French culture and the French language will enhance their knowledge, expand their mindset and expose them to a new culture and environment,” he said.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman witnessed the MoU signing and toured the college.

Signing the MoU on behalf of the college was its director, Hj Suhaimei Hj Awg Besar, while Pg Dato Paduka Hj Idris, president of the committee of Alliance Francaise De Brunei, signed on behalf of the association.

Also present during the ceremony was Ambassador of France to Brunei Loan Forgeron.

The Brunei Times