THE Brunei Centre of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently held its 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Seameo Voctech in Gadong, said a press release.
The RICS is the world’s leading profes-sional body for qualifications and stan-dards in land, property and construction matters.
It is an independent, representative pro-fessional body that regulates construction and property professionals in the United Kingdom and other countries around the world, including Brunei. It provides education and training standards, protects consumers with strict codes of practice and advises governments and businesses.
The RICS provides expertise in matters involving fixed assets, including but not limited to land and real properties. The institution was founded in London as the “Institution of Surveyors” after a meeting of 49 surveyors at the Westminster Palace Hotel on June 15, 1868 and is currently also headquartered in London.
The Brunei Centre was formed in 2002 and inaugurated by the then-President Jonathan Harris OBE, whose significant visit coincided with the first Asean Valuers Association Congress that was also held in the Sultanate.
At the recent AGM, the newly elected council members for 2015/16 were annou-nced – Hj Mohd Don Hj Omar (Chairperson), Pg Hj Matussin Pg Hj Metassan (Vice Chair-person), Newas Ukoi (Honorary Secretary), Dk Siti Mahdianawati Pg Hj Aliuddin (Honorary Assistant Secretary), Roziati Hj Kamis (Honorary Treasurer), YB Hj Zukipli Hj Hamid (Ex Officio), Hjh Maslina Hj Abu Bakar (General Member 1) and Hjh Hajijah Hj Salleh (General Member 2).
Meanwhile, the elected non-council members were as follows – Paul Kwang (Internal Auditor), Mohd Shafie Yusof (Resource Person 1) and Lye KokKuan (Re-source Person 2).
In his inauguration speech, the RICS president outlined some of the activities that he would like to undertake during his term, including to work very closely with the regional RICS Asean office, Pertu-buhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Arkitek (PUJA) and Brunei Institute of Geomatics; to conduct the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessors’ refresher course; to organise Continuous Professio-nal Development (CPD) seminars that are relevant to property professionals, as well as to co-organise with PUJA career talks for secondary and tertiary level students.
The president also hoped that the new council members will be proactive in con-tributing their ideas and efforts for the advancement of RICS’ professional mem-bers that currently stand at 42.
He also hopes that the Brunei Centre can create more awareness and educate the public of the expertise that RICS members can provide them with.
Interested parties are welcome to learn more about RICS’ activities and career opportunities by visiting the website at <http://www.rics.org>, while any inquiries with regards to the Brunei Centre should be referred to email@example.com or the Honorary Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RICS is represented by or has affi-liates in more than 146 countries with a worldwide membership of 118,000. A majo-rity of members are still based in the UK but there is now also a strong international membership in the Commonwealth as well as other countries such as the United States and across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
It has close links with national surveying institutions and is a member association of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).
Entry to the RICS membership is via four main routes – academic, graduate, technical and senior professional. The RICS has links with universities world-wide, with whom they have accredited approved courses which satisfy part of the qualification requirements to become trainee surveyors.
The RICS also offers expedited routes to membership for qualified professional members of some partner associations.