LCB inks agreement to deliver undergraduate law courses

Laksamana College of Business (LCB) and the University of Essex launched the first franchise agreement with a United Kingdom (UK) university to deliver undergraduate-level law courses in Brunei yesterday.

Signing on behalf of LCB was its Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Principal of LCB Sivarajah Subramaniam while University of Essex was represented by its Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster.

Subramaniam said the partnership creates the opportunity for LCB to become more recognised globally.

The University of Essex Law programme at Laksamana College is particularly meaningful because it can also serve other Asian students who may also join the programme in the future, he said.

The programme offers students a new pathway to study law from 2023 through the franchise.

Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Principal of LCB Sivarajah Subramaniam and University of Essex its Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster sign the agreement. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Chin Wei Keh with guests in a group photo

Students will be able to complete Level 4 and Level 5 of the Essex Law School LLB Law at LCB and students who successfully complete Level 4 and 5 will be able to progress to Essex Law School to complete Level 6 and achieve a degree with honours.

There will also be an option to progress to Essex for Level 5 and 6 study following successful completion of the Level 4 course at LCB and an articulation arrangement has also been agreed to allow students completing the Kensington College of Business University Foundation Course in Law programme at Laksamana to progress to either Level 4 of the franchised LLB Law course at LCB or Level 4 of the LLB Law course at Essex.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Chin Wei Keh attended as the guest of honour.

Also present was Acting British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Catherine Pochkhanavala-Cleeve.

In her remarks, the acting high-commissioner said education tie lies at the heart of the close bilateral relationship that the UK enjoys with Brunei and takes pride in being the education destination of choice for many Bruneians and 11 of Brunei’s current ministers are UK alumni.

“Education is at the heart of Brunei Vision 2035 strategy and I congratulate Laksamana College of Business for its continued role in contributing to Brunei’s aim to be recognised for its educated, highly skilled and accomplished people.”

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