April 11, 2011 marked the beginning of a new era for the Sultanate of Brunei and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.
Kolej IGS Brunei Darussalam (Brunei’s International Graduate Studies College) launched the first full degree programmes provided by a private college in Brunei. The four programmes are licensed degrees from the Limkokwing University.
The degree programmes were officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Education of Brunei, Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yussof Hj Ismail. He pointed out that this partnership reflects the existing friendly relations between Brunei and Malaysia.
Kolej IGS is the first private college in Brunei to introduce full three years Bachelor’s degrees programmes. Dato Seri Setia Awng said the partnership was testimony to the fact that the private sector is “more than able to assist the government in achieving its Vision 2035.”
Brunei’s Vision aims to develop a Sultanate that is recognised for “the accomplishments of its well-educated and highly skilled people” by 2035.
Representing Limkokwing University was Dato’ Fajura Juffa, Vice President of Limkokwing University. Speaking on behalf of the University’s president Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Lim Kok Wing, she said “this partnership shows our commitment in supporting Brunei’s Vision 2035.”
“Any endeavour we embark on, our brand of Creative and Innovative education is to contribute and support the vision and mission of the country we are in, to build the kind of human capital the country needs for its future.”
Kolej IGS and Limkokwing University had formalised the partnership in March this year at the Limkokwing Cyberjaya campus. All the programmes that will be offered have been accredited by the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC). The four Limkokwing’s degrees that are offered by Kolej IGS are:
Sixty-three students registered themselves on April 11 at the college’s premises in Setia Kenangan Complex Kiulap. The programmes are being implemented in two steps. This first cohort group is studying Business Administration (27 students) and Software Engineering with Multimedia (36 students). In September there will be a new intake where all four programmes will be offered.
Whatever programmes the students choose, they have two options - day or evening classes.
The morning sessions cater to those below the age of 25 who want to get an undergraduate degree before seeking for a job. The evening classes are attended by people who are already working and typically aged between 23 and 40 years old.
The mature students are working both in the private and public sector in Brunei, and some are sponsored by their employer. Some are in management positions and enrolled for a Limkokwing degree programme to degree to strengthen their knowledge and resume.
Prior to the launching of the programmes, two senior faculty members from the Business and IT Faculties at Limkokwing Cyberjaya were in Brunei April 6 and 7 to train
brief the 10 Brunei lecturers who will be teaching the Limkokwing programmes on module structures and moderating procedures. The new students and their parents also met the two faculty members.
The Kolej IGS’s students will also have the option of doing part of their studies in any of Limkokwing’s foreign campuses under the Global Experience programme. Through this programme they can choose to do two weeks to one semester at one of the campuses in London, Bali, Cambodia, Beijing and Kuching.
The most popular Global Experience campus is London. Our campus is located in a heritage building in the vibrant business hub of Piccadilly; it has earned the distinction of being the first Asian university to open a campus in the heart of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.
The Global Experience involves students attending industry-related events as well as talks by industry experts in their respective field of studies.
Kolej IGS is a private college that was launched in 2004, in Brunei Darussalam. Up to now it has been offering Pre-National Diplomas, National Diplomas and Higher National Diplomas in IT, Business and Finance. Since April 2011, the College is the first private institution of the Sultanate to offer full bachelor’s degree programmes. These degrees in IT and Business are licensed by Limkokwing Univervisty, Malaysia.
Kolej IGS is now part of Limkokwing’s network of licensee partners. Limkokwing University is Malaysia’s most globalised university with 12 campuses in Europe, Asia and Africa. The University has a population of 30, 000 students coming from over 150 countries. Limkokwing University is globally reputed for its creative and innovative approach to education.
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