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‘Calculated risks can lead to great rewards’

James Kon

Entrepreneurship is a journey that requires courage, determination, and the ability to take risks. While it is true that taking risks can be intimidating, calculated risks can lead to great rewards, both personally and professionally, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation for Vocational and Technical (SEAMEO VOCTECH) Regional Centre director Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar said.

He made these comments in his welcoming remarks at the sharing session ‘Taking Bold Steps, Taking Calculated Risks’ for the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore students yesterday.

Twelve final year entrepreneurship students from the ITE, Singapore and two teachers are in the country to participate in the Global Exchange Programme (GEP) with the SEAMEO Voctech Regional Centre.

Alias also shared that the ITE-GEP is an initiative that seeks to create opportunities for ITE students to gain a worldview on education, as well as develop self-confidence and independence to thrive in the global economy.

“Through its many different programmes, GEP works to expose students to different cultures, environments, and activities – an integral part of holistic education,” he said.

Group photo of the participants and officials at the SEAMEO Voctech Regional Centre PHOTOS: JAMES KON
SEAMEO Voctech Regional Centre Director Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar delivers his opening speech.

The sharing session, Alias said has been designed to inspire and motivate to take bold steps towards one’s goals, while equipping with the knowledge and skills to assess risks and make informed decisions.

“To help you with this, we have with us an impressive lineup of speakers/panellists who will be sharing their stories, insights, strategies, and best practices on how to take calculated risks in different aspects of entrepreneurship. We hope that their experiences will provide you with valuable insights and inspiration to help you take bold steps in your own entrepreneurial journey,” Alias said.

Head of Entrepreneurship Innovation Centre (EIC) Adna Shatriremie bin Haji Abdul Rahman touched on EIC’s vision and mission as well as the main role of the centre.

He also spoke of the many initiatives in promoting entrepreneurship from primary to community as well as the international network that the centre has built over the years.

Panellists Dayangku Kemariah binti Pengiran Haji Duraman; Noor Hafizah Haji Rashid; Sri Anne Masri and Tsung Poh Yee shared inspiring stories with the students.

The ITE delegation will also participate in educational visits to Institute of Brunei Technical Education IBTE-YES Centre, Entrepreneurship Village and Shell LiveWIRE Brunei.

The GEP is an initiative that seeks to create opportunities for ITE students to gain worldview on education, as well as develop self-confidence and independence.

The students will be in Brunei Darussalam until March 30.

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