Brunei, Singapore urged to hold more technical education exchanges
TECHNICAL educational institutions in Brunei and Singapore should conduct more exchange programmes not only for students but also teachers for the benefit of both countries.
Noor Hasimah Ahmadi, senior lecturer at Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West, said this as she noted that Brunei and Singapore have almost similar curriculum for technical education.
The senior lecturer is in the country to accompany 12 of her students taking National ITE Certificate (Nitec) in Mechatronics for a visiting programme to the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Jefri Bolkiah Campus in Kula Belait.
“We can leverage on Brunei’s method in raising and motivating students especially when it comes to (teaching) them leadership, and perhaps Brunei can also leverage on our methods involving technical teaching and the use of technology,” she said in pushing for more exchange programmes.
Noor Hasimah said that upon visiting IBTE Jefri Bolkiah Campus, she was fascinated by the institution’s efforts to also promote entrepreneurship among its students.
She said that frequent exchange programmes between the two countries could help strengthen each other’s technical education through the knowledge that can be shared or learned from the exchange.
The four-day visit to the IBTE Jefri Bolkiah campus yesterday began with a briefing and a welcoming speech from the Principal of IBTE Satellite, Norjemee Jenek. The study tour will proceed with visits to several places across the country related to their courses.
Noor Hasimah said she is hoping that the visit would be beneficial for her students in learning the similarities and differences of Brunei and Singapore’s technical education, and to bring and use the knowledge they gain once they return to their country.
The Brunei Times