Relevant courses key to boosting employability
Khal Baharulalam

IT IS of vital importance that courses under private higher education institutions in Brunei are relevant to the local job market in order to boost the employability of local youths of this generation. This is necessary to building the nation’s development whilst at the same time reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

This was outlined by His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik in a sabda delivered at the International Graduate Studies (IGS) College Convocation Ceremony yesterday at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC).

With the introduction of the Technical and Vocational Scholarship Scheme under the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE), His Royal Highness urged private higher institutions to take it as an opportunity to further develop the quality of services and education.

His Royal Highness said this is necessary “to cultivate the highest calibre of human resource development, with the skills and profession required for the nation’s development towards achieving the Vision 2035”.

“The achievements of today’s graduates are the outcome of their determination and resilience in developing their knowledge and skills,” His Royal Highness said, adding that the functional teamwork amongst administrators, lecturers and graduates alike is the core of that success.

“I am also certain parents, too, have a significant role in continuously giving their children the devotion that drives them to their success witnessed today.”

Aside from achieving academic excellence, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik saw the need for graduates to acquire capabilities in aspects of leadership, communication, teamwork and skills in line with the needs of the 21st century.

“In this aspect, the Personal Development Programme introduced in the IGS College curriculum coincides with the need for personal development among graduates, particularly in the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of life,” assured His Royal Highness.

Alongside personal development programmes, His Royal Highness urged the concept of Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) should be continuously practised, accompanied with character-building traits that guide graduates to acquire the right moral compass.

His Royal Highness congratulated the graduates on their success. - Borneo Bulletin (23 May 2014)