Graduating not end of learning journey: Minister

Aziz Idris

Graduating does not mean it is the end of the learning journey but rather the beginning of a new frontier, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong said.

He made these comments at the Laksamana College of Business (LCB) Graduation Ceremony yesterday.

Stressing that the victory achieved at the graduation day should be sustained, the minister said, “Keep striving and keep your options open. You are now equipped with the basic skills and knowledge you need to innovate and grow. Don’t stop learning and continuously seek to gain more knowledge and experiences as you enter the real world.”

The minister said LCB has been a great working partner to the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) in their support in providing Hospitality Management courses. He said it is the pioneer institution in providing the Tourist Guide Training Course.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali said in the last two years, over 200 licensed guides have completed the course.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong presenting a certificate. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

The courses have undoubtedly increased the value and appreciation of the hospitality and tourism industry in line with Brunei Vision 2035 that is to produce highly skilled and highly educated people in Brunei Darussalam, the minister said.

“In a joint effort between the MPRT and LCB, we have also produced the first publication of a tourist guidebook. The guidebook which contains facts and historical content on Brunei is provided to all tour guides to aid them in their guiding,” he added.

The minister also lauded the establishment of the LCB 1st Culinary School to equip young aspiring chefs with the basics of professional food preparation and best practices that are adopted worldwide.

“With the aim to produce talented and qualified professionals, young Bruneians are more than capable of creating world gastronomical delights and will help push our Brunei tourism’s agenda on Gastronomy tourism.

“The MPRT is also grateful for the contribution and we are pleased with the quality and level of service provided by LCB. This will positively contribute towards furthering the development and support to the tourism and hospitality sector in Brunei,” the minister said.