UBD to offer flexible learning courses
HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has approved the establishment of the Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The monarch, who is also the Chancellor of UBD, made the announcement yesterday in a titah during the university’s 28th Convocation.
Serving as a catalyst for higher-level teaching and learning, the Sultan said C3L will encompass continuous and professional education. His Majesty believed it will also contribute significantly to national development and a knowledge-based society and economy.
The Sultan said C3L was among the initiatives introduced by UBD in a bid to provide flexible learning opportunities to the public.
In an interview on the sidelines of the convocation, C3L Director Professor Abdal-Hakim Hardaker @ Glenn Hardaker said UBD will be offering flexible learning programmes under the new centre from January onwards.
He said students can choose from various methods of learning such as online study combined with traditional classroom lessons at the centre.
“You can do on campus (learning) and also at home or the workplace. It’s more flexible and adaptable,” he said, adding the programmes will include Masters and PhD by Research, Masters in Deliverology, Bachelor of Science and Digital Business.
Glenn Hardaker also described the centre as an enabler for innovative approaches towards continuing education, professional development and flexible learning.
“The main priority is for re-skilling in a very flexible and more adaptable way,” he said, noting that students will be offered flexible entrance to enable students to take a gap year and resume their studies at any given time.
The Brunei Times