Bringing education closer to world of work

Lyna Mohamad

The Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) Open Day is not merely an event to market the institution and its programmes to prospective students, it is also aimed at bringing education closer to the world of work through the involvement of industry personnel, said its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil at the launch of the college’s Open Day and 10th VIBE Exhibition yesterday.

He said, “Members of the programme advisory committee have been invited to assess the students’ work or projects to ensure that the quality of the products or projects developed by the Degree, Foundation, Diploma and Certificate students are in line with the standards expected, so that the institutional outputs are in the position to support the development of industries.

“The event also provides a venue for students to market their creative and innovative abilities to gain employment offers from related industries.”

Dr Haji Azaharaini said the exhibition serves to recognise the importance of the creative industry in the development of Brunei’s economy by equipping youth with creative, interpretative, critical and analytical skills to meet the needs of the sector.

Touching on developments since the last open day, the CEO said the college has been given the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) approved centre status with five IBTE programmes on provisional approval, and five new programmes for October, pending approval from the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC).

KIGS Chief Executive Officer Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

KIGS has also been offering short courses since the end of last year.

“Rapid technological changes have resulted in changes in systems, programmes and practices in employment, creating knowledge gaps. It is important for employees to refresh or update their skills to continue contributing to the organisations they work for. We believe that short courses are the best method to fill in the knowledge gaps and gain a competitive advantage for potential job promotions,” he said.

The CEO added, “Another development of the college involves the implementation of a curriculum policy that requires all students to do at least eight activities per year from listed extra co-curricular activities (ECA) – sports, associations, arts, uniformed units and additional.

“The ECA will be used to measure the students’ competence in terms of skills, abilities and adaptability to various situations in preparation for the Brunei Vision 2035 and in line with the National Youth Policy 2016.

“KIGS has also been conducting activities to fulfil the requirements of ISO certification including ISO awareness, auditing training and the formation of KIGS ISO core and auditor teams to prepare ISO documentations.

“With the implementation of management audit using ISO 9001: 2015, the college can help improve the quality of the system involving the management at all levels to increase customer satisfaction.”