| James Kon |
POLITEKNIK Brunei and Microsoft (B) Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a Memorandum of Under-standing (MoU) for ‘Partners in Learning’ to enhance students’ technology competency, to enhance educators’ instructions in schools and to address the challenges of a rapid global development.
Signing on behalf of Politeknik Brunei was Acting Director Denis Ho Mun Tai, while representing Microsoft was Country Manager Haniza Zakariya.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by the guest of honour, Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications.
In his welcoming remarks, Denis Ho Mun Tai revealed that the MoU signing will provide a comprehensive joint programme to not only address new ICT and education-related expectations but also become an important platform for educational excellence that will hopefully lead to transformative learning and other innovations as well as to developing 21st century skills and enhancing employability.
Outlining the MoU’s objectives, the Acting Director said, “Firstly, to promote the attainment of ICT-related certifications in line with the needs of the curriculum and in support of Politeknik Brunei’s vision in producing innovative, skilful and marketable graduates.
“Secondly, to develop staff capacity-building programmes in the areas of ICT and Educational Technology as part of Politeknik Brunei’s strategic initiative to continuously ensure quality education and finally to maximise and utilise the resources and opportunities accessible through the joint programme for staff capacity-building, student internship, student innovation and competition.”
The collaboration, he added, will enable Politeknik Brunei to integrate the professional ICT certification programme into its curriculum as an added value credential for students.
The ‘Partners in Learning’ initiative will also further enhance technology integration into Politeknik Brunei’s teaching and learning environment.