‘Brunei needs more local engineers’

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THE deputy minister of development, Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi Hj Gafar, yesterday said that Brunei still lacks local engineers.

Speaking on the sidelines of a lecture delivered by him at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), the deputy minister said that students studying to be engineers should focus more on developing their skills rather than worrying about their job prospects as there is still a need for local engineers in the country to contribute towards the nation’s development.

“We need more engineers from among the locals to help build Brunei. Even if it might be hard at this current time to find jobs, we will still need more engineers when things pick up again in a few years’ time,” he said.

“We need them (local engineers) both in the public and private sector. However, private companies offer a greater opportunity for fresh graduates to gain experience and learn the trade which is important,” he said.

He reminded students to diversify their skills portfolio to make themselves more employable upon leaving university.

“Students right now should improve not just their technical skills but also their managerial skills to balance the needs of the project against the available financial resources, for example,” he said.

“If students can learn how to be marketable and prioritise self-improvement, that will add value to their education,” he said.

The deputy minister was delivering the first lecture of UTB’s inaugural industry lecture series where he presented on the topic of ‘Managing Infrastructure Projects: Issues and Challenges’.

Drawing from his experience of over 30 years in the industry, Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi explained the importance of managing and implementing infrastructure projects successfully as infrastructures can be determinants of the country’s growth.

Over 90 UTB staff, students and government officials attended the lecture held yesterday at the university’s Lecture Theatre 1.

In a statement, UTB said that the lecture series is one of their newest initiatives under their ProAdvance Unit which aims to give exposure to students on the latest technology and developments in the engineering industry while also showcasing the invited speakers as role models.

Key figures from the engineering industry will deliver lectures weekly on topics related to science and engineering during term time throughout the academic year.

The Brunei Times