| Lyna Mohamad |
A TOTAL of 125 Micronet International College (MIC) students were feted during the college’s graduation ceremony at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Chin Wei Keh representing Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh was the guest of honour.
Also in attendance were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE Aliuddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, senior education officials, acting vice-chancellor, and assistant vice-chancellors of universities in Brunei Darussalam.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and a video presentation followed by welcoming remarks by General Manager and Principal of MIC Sharon Chin, speeches by a representative of the student and Finance Director Asia, Pearson BTEC Scott Woollard.
Dr Chin Wei Keh on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Education congratulated the students and hoped that they will be able to apply their skills in their careers.
Meanwhile, Woollard, pointed out that the Pearson BTEC qualification is one of the top career-focussed qualifications recognised by employers worldwide.
“I am proud of all the Micronet International College graduates for meeting the highest standards in global education. Now more than ever, our world is interconnected. To be successful personally and professionally, students must become a ‘global citizen’ skilled at interacting with people from other countries and cultures, and capable of analysing and addressing issues from a global perspective,” he said.
Wollard also urged graduates to rise to the challenge by building on their achievements and to continually improve their skills and knowledge, adding that the inculcation of a culture of lifelong learning is essential to enable them to adapt to the constantly changing environment and to contribute to the growth and development of the Brunei economy.
“As some of the brightest minds in the country, I am most certain that the learning all of you had gone through will enhance your ability to contribute towards the government’s effort to increase the standard of education here in Brunei,” Woollard said.
Graduate representative Nur Amni Bazilah binti Haji Bukri, meanwhile, shared her delightful moments studying at the college for six straight years.
Nur Amni Bazilah completed a BDTVEC Skill Certificate 3 in Information Technology in 2014 and graduated with a BDTVEC Diploma in Information Technology in 2017.
Feeling determined, she continued studying at MIC for another two years and achieved a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing & Systems Development (QCF).
She also received the honourable Micronet Special Merit Award for outstanding academic achievements along with graduate Muhammad Sirajuddin bin Haji Esmit who graduated with a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology.
Yesterday saw graduates from various IT programmes, International Certificate Level to Higher National Diploma Pearson BTEC, and Scottish Qualifications Authority SQA & NCC Education receiving certificates.
MIC is a satellite partner to Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), offering 14-week Undergraduate degree Entry Pathway BriCOMP programmes to students who fall short of the ‘A’ Level or IB points results to meet UTB’s minimum entry requirement.
Upon successful completion of the programme, the students will pursue their bachelor’s degree programme in computing at UTB.