FIRST and foremost, I would like to thank the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for granting scholarships to our future leaders (youth) locally and overseas.
The latest is the education loan scheme for individuals who would like to pursue their studies.
For decades, Brunei has been using and implementing British Standard or equivalent as a guideline in seeking higher education or qualification.
Thousands of Bruneians have received their PhD, Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree in responding to our government’s needs in making Brunei a country equipped with qualified and professional workforce.
For selected graduates from overseas who excel during their Bachelor’s Degree and under twinning programme are given opportunities to go for a higher course like QCF/NCF Level 7 Master Degree in Engineering (MEng) Honours-Chartered (professional/international recognition).
Back in Brunei, these graduates with such qualification are only accredited as Bachelor’s Degree holders when applying for jobs, whereas in the UK, such a qualification is considered the highest award for an undergraduate in engineering and recognised as Level 7 holder.
Why in Brunei these graduates’ qualification is not recognised as stated in their CAS statement as QCF/NCF (Qualification and Credit Framework UK/The National Qualification Framework UK) Level 7 holder. According to Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation UK) and QAA-FHEQ (The Quality Assurance Agency For Higher Education UK-The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2008), these MEng or Integrated Master’s Degree graduates Level 7 qualification is same as MSc, MRes, MPhil etc, lower than Doctoral Degrees PhD, EdD, DBA etc (Level 8), but higher than Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6).
Furthermore, these graduates spend nine to 10 months to complete their MEng course, which is less than the MSc course duration of 12 months.
Relevant authorities should look into and review these matters and give extra credit for their achievement or it will only be a waste of our youth’s time and government expenditure. We are not talking about few hundred dollars but hundreds of thousands or even more.
It’s time to make changes and move forward for a better Brunei.
– Degree Dilemma