Six students who completed their Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS) BriBUS-UTB bridging programme on July 4 will begin their studies at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).
The students are: Dayangku Iman Aqeelah @ Dayangku Hana Aaliah binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Kadir, Sarah Syafiqah binti Sallehuddin, Tan Jun Wei, Muhammad Al-Hadi bin Haji Abdul Jamal, Khairul Danial Ikhwan bin Abdul Hadi and Abdul Hazim bin Haji Hasnan.
The business programme serves as a pathway for applicants who fall short of meeting the minimum requirement to enter university.
Dayangku Iman Aqeelah said despite having never studied most of the subjects in the programme, the lecturers had been helpful in their delivery of classes.
Sarah Syafiqah added that the programme is an opportunity to pursue a degree.
“I find (the programme) extremely helpful because I wasn’t familiar with modules such as finance, accounting, management and marketing,” she said. “Because of BriBUS, I now have the basic knowledge of business, so I don’t have to struggle at university.”
Meanwhile, Tan Jun Wei, who has a background in business and accounting, found the course useful as it provided an opportunity to revise the basics and clarify some of the misconceptions surrounding certain business theories.
“Overall, the course was great in teaching us management skills, responsibility and discipline while encouraging decision making, voicing ideas and time management,” Tan said.
“The lecturers were also helpful and friendly, which helped us reach our full potential.”
Similarly, Muhammad Al-Hadi saw the programme as a fruitful one as it made him realise the importance of education.
As he didn’t have a business background, he had to rely on the skills of the lecturers.
“Their lectures were clear, which helped me grasp the study materials,” he said. “Now my understanding of business theories has broadened significantly.”
Like Muhammad Al-Hadi, Khairul Danial Ikhwan took the programme without any fundamentals in business studies.
He credited the lecturers for delivering simple yet compact classes and preparing him for further studies.
Abdul Hazim, meanwhile, said, “BriBUS has been useful in reinforcing the basics and introducing new subjects such as economics. We are now prepared for our studies at UTB.”