| James Kon |
TO BUILD graduates who are truly global citizens with leadership, entrepreneurship and innovative qualities, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) revamped its curriculum in 2009 by introducing the GenNEXT Programme, a broad-based trans-disciplinary approach to education that insists on invocation, local and international engagement and services and leadership.
The success of this programme was yesterday discussed by UBD Vice Chancellor cum Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain bin Hj Hanafi during the 8th Review Meeting of the Asean International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme held at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
The meeting was officiated by Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong.
The vice chancellor noted that the Discovery Year, which is a key component of GenNEXT, is a mandatory requirement that sees UBD students leaving the university for experiential learning through a number of different activities that include community outreach, internship, incubation or study abroad.
“In 2013, 80 per cent of UBD students travelled abroad for the Discovery Year programme which now spans over six continents and 30 nations.
“We sent biology students to intern in the Galapagos Science Centre at Galapagos Island off Ecuador in South America. Our students are also now very keen to explore the seventh continent – Antarctica.
“I am personally amazed to hear wonderful stories of life-changing experiences that our students underwent during their Discovery Year. I have no doubt these opportunities for experiential learning have enriched and added value to their time in university and have built graduates who are truly global citizens,” he said.
The 8th Review Meeting of the Asean International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme is hosted by UBD with support from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) and Brunei Ministry of Education.
The two-day meeting has invited over 100 delegates comprising representatives from ministries and universities from member countries to share information, address and tackle existing challenges, propose improvement and plan for greater expansion as well as further collaborations.
It also serves as a platform to promote greater student mobility within Asean countries and beyond as well as enhance collaboration among member universities.