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College’s embrace of technology tides it over COVID challenges

Lyna Mohamad

Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) will continue to introduce programmes to help students realise their aspirations and meet the nation’s needs.

This was said by the college’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil during the KIGS 2021 Convocation Ceremony.

He said the college had set up a new department to aid digital technology for online learning, library database system and student affairs applications.

The Department of Learning Technologies and International Development was set up in 2019 to facilitate new learning technology and establish ties with other institutions of higher learning in Brunei and overseas.

A majority of the college’s curriculum are currently delivered online through the Learning Management System (LMS).

The system also allows the college to easily adapt to changes caused by COVID-19 outbreak.

Kolej International Graduate Studies Chief Executive Officer Dr Haji Azaharaini bin Haji Mohd Jamil. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The college’s long-term plans include upgrades in information technology programmes, particularly virtual reality (VR), Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR) as part of its efforts to keep abreast with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0).

There are also plans for new subjects, such as advanced robotics, additive manufacturing, simulations, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.

The CEO highlighted several achievements of the college, including being entrusted by Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) as one of the IBTE Approved Centre to conduct IBTE HNTec and NTec Information Technology and Business programmes in October last year.

The programmes were also approved by the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council and the Department of Private Education, Ministry of Education (MoE).

Other recognitions include accreditation by Bureau Veritas Brunei for ISO 9001:2015.

He said the college will continue to better itself to meet the needs of students, clients and stakeholders.