Hundreds of thousands of academic and research jobs around the world are on the line due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is due to the fact that research-intensive universities depend on the markets to do well, thus getting the necessary funding to proceed with research works.
Major economies have been heavily hit by the global crisis, and in order to stay afloat, research jobs are getting slashed.
I believe that the Brunei Government should see this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen its research standing, especially in the field of technology.
Currently, universities tend towards high-level academics for the rank of associate professorship or professorship that has left Bruneians out of the running.
Instead, I think these institutions should try and take a chance on young researchers, be they local and foreign, as they bring new energy, fresh ideas and new skills, thus enriching and expanding research and development activities in the country.
Not only will such a move contribute to the Brunei Vision 2035, it will save a generation of researchers with immense potentials from being out of job or quitting academia for good.