The Nisai Group Ltd (Nisai) of the United Kingdom (UK) officially launched its first ever Asia Regional Hub in Brunei Darussalam yesterday with an event held at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Library in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The event was graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah and also saw the signing of a joint statement between Nisai and its local partner, Pakar Tenaga Bersatu (PTB) to establish the Nisai-PTB Regional Centre (NPRC).
The signing was witnessed by Chairman of PTB Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Ruzaini bin Pengiran Dr Haji Mohd Yakub. The joint statement was signed by Managing Director of PTB Pengiran Hishamuddin Alli bin Pengiran Jaya Indera Pengiran Haji Mokhtar Puteh and CEO of Nisai Group UK Dhruv Patel.
According to a press release, through the joint venture, NPRC will serve to offer a blended approach in the delivery of technical and vocational skills programmes for the ASEAN region and beyond. Nisai and PTB share the common vision to realise Brunei Darussalam as the regional hub of excellence in education and skills training in Asia.
The press release also stated that through Nisai Brunei, UK-accredited quality assured innovative educational programmes will be delivered in the Asian region and beyond. Nisai Brunei will be recruiting tutors from amongst Bruneian youth.
Regional Director of Nisai Brunei Hajah Normawati binti Dato Paduka Haji Othman said, “Harnessing the potential of digital technologies, the use of online based learning sets has evolved the means and ways for education and training for a better reach of a larger base of learners.”
“It provides the flexibility of the learning community in terms of accessibility and deliverability of education of the future. Learning can now be brought to anyone who has access to the Internet. But above all, it promotes social inclusivity of every learner as there is no segregation and advocates lifelong learning.”
She noted that for over 23 years, the Nisai Group has delivered flexible innovative education programmes to their learners and supported them in achieving their ambitions through Nisai’s very own platform – the Nisai Virtual Academy – which is a system of virtual E-Learning and blended-learning approach.
“They created an opportunity for all in the world with learning barriers, be it geographical location, funding, personal situation or indeed a learning difference,” said the regional director. “In particular, Nisai gave traditional and non-traditional learners the skills to flourish through their educational programmes and by influencing positive institutional change.”
“I am pleased that Brunei has been selected to be the regional hub for Nisai to provide this method of learning to the Asian region and beyond,” she highlighted. “I am proud to say that Insya Allah, Nisai Brunei will be showcasing the potential of our Bruneian youth in the field of teaching as Bruneian Nisai tutors alongside the team of Nisai tutors in the UK and Ireland.”
“The selection of Brunei to establish Nisai’s regional hub rests on the significance of education being at the heart of the nation’s Vision 2035,” she added.
Meanwhile, Pengiran Hishamuddin Alli said, “Through this joint venture with Nisai (B) and NPRC, Insya Allah PTB will be embarking on the next stage of our journey where we will be offering international accreditation and certifications for technical and vocational skills through National Open College Network (NOCN) of the UK.
“With Nisai’s Virtual Academy giving the theoretical components paired with PTB providing the practical components of programmes accredited by NOCN, we can be assured that the trainees that will come out of this system would be internationally qualified and competent, and be of benefit to industry,” he added.
British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay and senior members from the government and private sectors were also present.