THE closing ceremony for the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) vision retreat entitled, Enhancing The Corporate Image Of Educational Institutions, was held yesterday at the Rizqun International Hotel, a press release stated.
The retreat which was a collaboration between IBTE and SEAMEO VOCTECH gathered IBTE senior management and personnel together to discuss the issues and challenges in undergoing the process of transformation of technical education in a more open and casual environment.
The retreat ended with the presentation of certificates to the participants.
A total of 44 participants were involved in the two-part workshop, with the first part of the retreat held in October.
The retreat is co-facilitated by Dr Chin Wei Keh, IBTE’s Director of Technical Education, Hj Mohd Fadzillah bin Hj Abdullah, IBTE’s Head of Strategic Planning Unit and Dr Marcelino C Galpultos JR, Management Specialist at the SEAMEO VOCTECH.
The retreat has brought together school administrators, principals, heads of departments, teachers and frontline officers to collaborate and engage with each other with the purpose to enhance and develop IBTE’s new corporate identity.
It has provided a platform to not only exchange information and ideas but also experiences and lessons learned of what is to be expected in the IBTE transformation.
Among those present at the closing ceremony were the participants of the retreat session, officers from IBTE and key personnel from SEAMEO VOCTECH. Present to award the certificates was Hj Mohd Syariffudin bin Hj Mohd Salleh , the Centre Director of SEAMEO VOCTECH.
Dr Chin Wei Keh, Director of Technical Education in his closing remarks stressed the need to develop stronger cooperation and communication between staff, principals and officers at any level in order to better understand one another and identify problems – both physical and social relations.
He also pointed out that there will be challenges to overcome as the transformation progresses but through the retreat sessions, these challenges have been identified and action plans are being formulated to overcome them.
It is hoped that the retreat can be used as a means for the senior management team to share and contribute their knowledge and expertise in keeping IBTE in the forefront of its upgrading plan particularly in making IBTE as a first-choice secondary-post education as well as continuously staying relevant to the industrial needs.