The long vision of the noble Sultanate of Brunei is to increase learning and develop the country’s economy. To a large extent, this vision depends on the preparation of the educational system to encourage entrepreneurial minded individuals to become the business leaders of tomorrow which will be of significant benefit for the country’s future in the wider global market.
In light of this vision, Brunei Darussalam recently embarked on reforming its entire educational system to equip future students with the tools needed to be competitive in the world. It was also hoped that there would be a transformation of the education system and an ambitious reform for university education.
In comparison with previous years 2017 witnessed a number of changes in the higher education system. This was primarily due to the need to increase labour productivity and promote economic growth and of course, to enhance the country’s educational provision. It was hoped that by focusing on university education, the country could work towards a more prosperous future and students could develop the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in today’s world.
Recent Reforms in the Brunei Darussalam Education as of 2016 and 2017
¥ Teacher’s Education: To improve quality, Brunei teacher training programs have recently been discontinued at undergraduate level. Instead, they will only be offered at Masters level. This is because teachers play a fundamental role in standards of education.
¥ Scholarships: The Brunei Darussalam Government gives annual scholarships under a special scholarship program for the 2016/2017 academic session. This scholarship is attainable in Brunei Darussalam and it is aimed at offering candidates the opportunity to study at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the Islam Sultan Sharif Ali University (UNISSA) and the Brunei Institute of Technology (ISB)
¥ Entrepreneurial Initiative: The initiative is established with the sole aim of providing necessary skills and empowerment for university graduates to cope with the competitive economy awaiting them in the real world. All undergraduates in Business School of Universiti Teknologi Brunei have been required to register a company in their junior year.
In addition to the above, university students will also be able to develop professional experience which can help develop their transferable skills. Active engagement with the workforce enables students to develop skills in communication, team work and problem solving.
It is also anticipated that these new initiatives will help support the growth of entrepreneurial talent in Brunei so students with promise can add value to the economy and facilitate wider economic growth.