Quality programmes a must, minister tells private institutions

“PRIVATE higher education institutions that are instrumental in producing a skilled workforce must always ensure the quality of its programmes.” Minister of Education cum guest of honour Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman highlighted this yesterday at the Laksamana College of Business (LCB) Graduation 2016 ceremony held at The Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.

He highlighted the importance of collaboration to realise Brunei’s economic development, noting that “through a network of collaboration with institutions of higher learning abroad, private higher education institutions in this country can be strengthened on the international level, and it can provide many benefits to the country such as the exposure of students in the international arena through the implementation of the modules specified in accordance with national requirements.”

This is in line with the precepts of 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 in conjunction with the convocation for Universiti Teknologi Brunei in October 2015, in which the monarch had suggested that higher education institutions continue to cooperate with industry, business and government stakeholders in developing research and development ecosystem.

With the involvement of stakeholders, all initiatives such as education and research will be relevant and comprehensive. The involvement of stakeholders is indispensable for improving the development and advancement of private higher education institutions, especially in preparing graduates to become job-ready graduates, he added.

Since its establishment in March 2003, LCB has been developing with the addition of new courses offered such as Pearson BTEC Computing, a new programme which began in 2015, and the higher level degree courses awarded by the University of Chester, United Kingdom.

At present, LCB has officially had collaborations with the University of Chester to run programmes for a degree in BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BA (Hons) Accounting, BA (Hons) Business Management and BA (Hons) Marketing.

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