Education through classroom no longer the only means

|     Aziz Idris     |

THE traditional meaning of education through classroom is no longer the only means. Smartphone, tablets and computers are now the means of getting education, said founder and Managing Director of Syarikat Pakar Tenaga Bersatu (PTB) Pengiran Hishamuddin Alli bin Pengiran Jaya Indera Pengiran Haji Mohktar Puteh.

He made these comments at the opening ceremony of the Royal Institution’s 14th Congress and Conferment Ceremony.

He touched on this year’s theme, ‘Global Leadership and Its Impact on Sustainable Development’.

Legislative Council member and Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Brunei President Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, President of University of Batangas, Philippines Dr Harnando Perez and other officials officiated with a ribbon cutting at the event held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.

This was the first time Brunei hosted the event in collaboration with the Royal Institution, Singapore and Philippines, together with Syarikat PTB.

Legislative Council member and Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Brunei President Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman cuts the ribbon with other officials during the opening ceremony of the 14th Congress and Conferment Ceremony. – AZIZ IDRIS

Pengiran Hishamuddin Alli believed one of the means for industry leaders to face challenges in Industrial Revolution 4.0 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is through education.

Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty shared the same sentiment in her presentation at the opening ceremony.

She said for businesses to thrive in the future they need to be properly managed, using modern tools.

“Training our workforce is another thing that we have to look into, because (the industry environment) is ever-changing.”

Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty spoke about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the need to include technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D printing.

She reminded the audience to prepare for the advancement of the digital era, and that the pace of industry transformation is currently unprecedented.

The three-day event will also see a number of prominent international speakers presenting their papers including Deputy Director for Programme and Development Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Secretariat Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela.

More than 20 research papers will also be presented during the Research Colloquium including a paper on ‘Oil and Gas Industry Updates’ by DFRISc, former CEO of ELF Aquitaine Oil and Gas Company and Geophysicist Researcher of the National French Science Centre, France Jean Paul Gaston Boeldieu.