His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made an unscheduled visit to Politeknik Brunei (PB) main campus at Ong Sum Ping Condominium, Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Business Campus in Gadong and IBTE School of Aviation in Berakas yesterday.
His Majesty visited several departments including estate management, finance and administration and various facilities. The monarch inquired on the number of students in classes and subjects taught as well as listened to students’ grievances.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh and Permanent Secretary (Civil Service, Welfare, International and Media) at the PMO Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohamed Yunos were also present.
PB was established by the consent of His Majesty in a titah during the Teacher’s Day celebration on October 18, 2008 to accelerate the country’s human resources development outlined in the National Development Plan (RKN) and Brunei Vision 2035.
IBTE was established by the consent of His Majesty during the Israk Mikraj ceremony on May 27, 2014. It operates as an institute under the Ministry of Education with its own Board of Governors. IBTE offers Higher National Technical Education Certificate (HNTec) and National Technical Education Certificate (NTec). The programmes offered are based on industry needs.