|By Azim Karim, B B 7 Oct 2011
The country’s new higher learning institution – Politeknik Brunei – located at Block 2E, Ong Sum Ping Condominium will be open for intake in January 2012, offering eight programmes in Advanced Diploma (AD), the Ministry of Education said yesterday.
At present, the institution is offering its first intake with five AD programmes under Business School, namely AD in Business Accounting, AD in Business Finance, AD in Business Management, AD in Business Marketing and AD in Business Entrepreneurship while three others will be AD in Computer Network, AD in Information Systems and Technology and AD in Web Computing under the School of ICT.
These programmes are equivalent to Higher National Diploma standards, whereas students will undergo two years of study including four semesters and three work supervise attachments (WSA) in the final year.
The establishment of this new institution follows the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the 18th Teacher’s Day celebration on September 18, 2008.
In a briefing at the Business School in Gadong yesterday, it was learnt that applicants to Politeknik Brunei must obtain at least one pass in relevant subject (English medium) at the GCE ‘A’ Level or possess BTEC/BDTVEC National Diploma in relevant fields or its equivalent with acceptable grades as specified.
The first enrolment to the institution is only offered to those who did not get accepted to study in any higher learning institution within or outside the country after applying to HECAS this year, however, the next intake will tentatively follow in July next year and application forms will be obtainable through HECAS.
Politeknik Brunei aspires to carry out its vision of becoming a world-class institution of higher learning and technological knowledge, providing facilities like computer lab, English and Math lab, multimedia lab, network engineering, computer engineering, hardware lab, lecturer room, tutorial room, consultation, project room, design room, studio and a mock hotel inclusive of 5-star bedroom, 3-star bedroom and budget bedroom to cater to effective learning methods in line with its programmes.