| Hakim Hayat |
A THREE-month executive development programme for senior officials from within and around the region was launched in a ceremony at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Ministry of Defence (MinDef) in the Bolkiah Garrison yesterday.
The 11th annual Executive Development Programme (EDP) is a rigorous inter-disciplinary three-month (full-time) sequence of studies in collaboration with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS).
Datin Paduka Hajah Suriyah binti Haji Umar, Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at MinDef, in her speech mentioned that the role of militaries have evolved due to the changing nature of the security landscape and that this required a whole new dimension of policy thinking and planning.
She added that developments such as rapid advancements in technology and increasing societal expectations must be taken into consideration.
She also stressed that a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach was necessary to ensure the interests of the whole organisation and nation are served.
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, delivered an introductory remark on the programme, which is designed and developed with the focus on public policy and management and will be delivered by a faculty made up of international academicians with vast expertise and diverse experience.
In addition, the programme will include an overseas study trip, which will see site visits to relevant ministries and agencies for exposure.
The programme’s objective is to provide participants with the conceptual framework and cutting-edge tools needed for continual success.
The participants will explore trends in managerial practice, gain new perspectives on public policy and management, and enhance core leadership skills.
This year’s EDP participants comprise senior military officers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF); senior civilian officers from government ministries at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) and Ministry of Health (MoH); a senior police officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and also senior military officers from the armed forces of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Present at the ceremony were the Acting Commander of the RBAF, Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Yussof bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Commissioner of RBPF, Dato Paduka Seri Awang Bahrin bin Mohd Noor, as well as ambassadors, high commissioners and defence attaché/advisers from participating countries, permanent secretaries from participating ministries, senior Defence officials and National University of Singapore representatives.