| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Central Campus welcomed 251 new students as part of its January 2018 Intake during an orientation ceremony yesterday at the School of Aviation, IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus in Jalan Utama Berakas.
For the January intake, seven Higher National Technical Education (HNTec) programmes and four National Technical Education Certificate (NTec) Programmes are being offered at the school under the IBTE Central Campus.
Principal of IBTE Central, Dr Sheikh Lukman bin Sheikh Abdul Hamid as the the guest of honour welcomed the students.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr Sheikh Lukman highlighted that it is the campus’ mission to generate highly skilled graduates who can work according to industry needs by providing a holistic learning environment in line with Brunei Vision 2035.
“The main challenges in all developing countries are enhancing the responsiveness of their education system and the development of skills training over the course of time, especially for jobseekers that have increased due to the global financial crisis that occurred back in 2008,” he added.
As for the Technical and Vocational Education Transformation plan, he said, “The IBTE programmes have been updated in accordance to the requirements and standards of the industry so as to produce human resources that are equipped with the qualification and skills that are accredited by the industry, besides improving their job prospects and employers’ satisfaction.
“Apart from skills and academic knowledge, the students also need to show good attitude and personalities which are also important in their future employment. Being proactive, creative, innovative, passionate and strongly competitive are among the characteristics which are desired.”
The principal added that the current industry is growing rapidly, especially the commercial industries, therefore it is important for the students to expand their expertise and knowledge sufficiently by acquiring knowledge from their educators of their respective schools.
“Our students will also be given the opportunity to undergo industrial training for three to six months in the fields offered at this institution where they will be exposed to the real professional working environment,” he said, adding that he hopes the students will make use of the opportunities that come their way in the best way possible so they can achieve success in the future.
The event continued with the singing of the national anthem and reading of the oath led by Majdurano Johanes bin Majalah Sain, Vice President II of the IBTE Central Student Union, before continuing with a briefing on the Network of Schools by the Head of School of Energy and Engineering Central, Cikgu Armi Durani bin Haji Durhman.
This was followed by several talks by representatives from various agencies on topics such as insurance and financial planning. Safety briefings were also given.
Also present during the orientation were IBTE’s deputy chief executive officer (corporate), senior management team, and the principal of IBTE Satellite, as well as the institute’s academic managers, operation managers, heads of schools, senior officials and instructors.
The IBTE orientation week will run until January 13.