| Hakim Hayat |
FROM the oversaturated job market to meeting employer’s expectations, this is the reality faced by graduates here today which warrants local tertiary education institutions to help students by providing a holistic learning environment to face future challenges.
With this in mind, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) through its UTB School of Business as well as School of Computing and Informatics has designed modules and programmes which focus not only on meeting the challenges of the changing environment but also tackle the needs and demands of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4IR) making UTB students more marketable.
Providing students with real world on-the-job situations
Dean of UTB School of Business Dr Haji Mohamed Saleem bin Haji Nazmudeen said the UTB School of Business is offering a module called ‘Environment, Leadership, Technopreneurship and Social Innovation (ELTS)’ to prepare students for the “turbulent and dynamic socio-economic environment”.
The module is based on experiential learning and is compulsory for all students enrolled in UTB. The module will be taken during the second semester of their study, he said.
Through ELTS, students will be exposed to various real-world problems and are expected to propose innovative solutions to those problems.
“The structuring of the module is in the form of invited seminars from industry experts and site visits to government and private departments; small, medium and large enterprises and chosen communities,” he said.
According to the dean, the module will allow students to understand, practise and encourage them to engage with real life on-the-job situations, equip students with set skills that will add on to their marketability not only in the country but also outside Brunei and to instil awareness on Brunei economic landscape.
Coping with current technological challenges and advances
“The Industrial Revolution 4.0 may impact the nature of jobs where it is replaced by advanced robotics and machine intelligence at a faster pace than they are being created, but at the same time the revolution can also empower individuals by giving them access to the digital networks to acquire knowledge, communicate with one another and conduct business,” said Dean of UTB School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) Dr Au Thien Wan.
SCI is offering programmes and courses that contain the relevant technologies such as big data, data mining, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, compu-ter networking, cyber-security and Internet of Things to meet the challenge of Industrial Revolution 4.0.
The school introduced BSc in Compu-ting with Data Analytics in 2017, followed by BSc in Computer and Information Security and MSc in Information Security last year.
The dean shared that the curriculum in SCI was designed to encompass 20 per cent breadth modules that prepared students with knowledge and soft skills to meet the world and Industrial Revolution 4.0 that emphasises in working as a team, leadership skills, strong ethical values, environmental awareness, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Graduates must be attached to the ICT companies for six months as interns to get insight on how the ICT industries operate and solve day-to-day problems.
“Students will also have the chance to work as interns at partner universities and research centres overseas such as Network Media Lab at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea), KMUTT (King Mongkut Universities Technology Thonburi in Thailand), University of Malaya in Malaysia and so forth.”
Providing pathways for further study at the UTB
Besides creating programmes to shape the students to be marketable and industry-ready, UTB in collaboration with its satellite partners have also created programmes that provide opportunities for students to further their undergraduate studies at the university.
These include 14 weeks programme for business (BriBUS), computing (BriCOMP) and Engineering (BriTE). It will provide pathway for students who meet the university’s minimum entry requirement but fall short of points for admission to specific business, computing or engineering undergraduate programmes.
For more information, the UTB will be at the Higher Education Expo 2019, Bridex Hall, Jerudong from February 16-17 or visit www.utb.edu.bn.