Steps taken to address 4IR challenges: Minister

SIX Bruneian students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) sponsored by Huawei participated in the Huawei Seeds for the Future flagship programme.

The programme’s objective is nurturing Infocommunication Technology (ICT) talents and facilitating knowledge transfer that are fundamental for procuring highly skilled labour in the era of information digitisation.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman was the guest of honour at the closing ceremony held at Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen.

The minister highlighted that one of the main issues that is trending globally and without exception, at the Ministry of Education, is the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) towards education.

Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, big data and the IoT will combine to impact on jobs and industry and the way education is planned and delivered.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman and Bruneian students that participated in the programme. – HUAWEI

In keeping abreast with the 4IR and to realise Brunei Vision 2035, the ministry has taken steps to address these challenges such as looking into e-learning and capitalising on big data analytics in education policy research and decision-making to ensure that the Ministry of Education is creating an ecosystem that brings the best out of every student in Brunei Darussalam, he said.

Vice President of Global Government Affairs of Huawei Chris Yan Lei, highlighted that the Seeds for the Future programme inspires the next generation of ICT leaders and gives them a global perspective.

For the past 10 years, Huawei has welcomed thousands of students from 110 countries and also collaborated with over 400 universities. This is aligned with Huawei’s strategy to nurture ICT talents and facilitating knowledge transfer.

In a globalised world, amidst the 4IR, it is fundamental to procure highly skilled labour who are the best talent needed to support digital national plans, boost ICT industry growth and national economy, as well as to bridge the digital divide, ensuring that everyone will enjoy the benefits of technology.

In a speech at the ceremony as a representative for participants from Brunei Darussalam, Dayangku Nur Su’aidah binti Pengiran Haji Metussin, a final year undergraduate from UTB expressed her appreciation to Huawei. The students also presented a cultural performance titled Friends from Brunei: Sebarkan ke Seantero Dunia.

Accompanying the minister were Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies in Brunei Darussalam Kevin Zhang Jianwei as well as officers from the Ministry of Education and Huawei’s Brunei office.

On the sidelines of the event, the Minister of Education and delegation also visited Huawei’s headquarters and campus in Shenzhen.

Participants of the programme are exposed to Huawei’s cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technologies, building and configuring their own 4G base stations as well as many other cutting-edge solutions through technology workshops and networking events at Huawei Headquarters.

Twenty-six Bruneian students have participated in the programme since 2015.