Micro-degrees are key to job market relevance



Lyna Mohammad

The micro-degrees offer flexible and inclusive learning that hones skills relevant to the Sultanate’s job market, said His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

It is undeniable that research and innovation are catalysts for the digital economy. Higher education institutions in the Sultanate must pay attention to micro-degrees that are changing the education landscape due to the shift to digitalization in the sector, the Sultan said yesterday at the 33rd UBD Convocation Ceremony .

Her Majesty said that while the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sultanate has been able to curb the spread of the infection, thus allowing the summons to take place.

The monarch also congratulated UBD members for receiving the Clarivate South and Southeast Asia Innovation Award 2020.

The award is based on invention, number of patents and globalization based on patent investments, and UBD was among six universities in the region to be recognized for innovation.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam presenting a certificate to a graduate . PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Her Majesty expressed confidence that UBD will gain a stronger footing on the world stage once it strengthens its programs and research.

UBD completed its five-year strategic plan in 2020 and among its achievements is entry into two global university rankings – QS and Times Higher Education. UBD has also expanded internationally with the first overseas campus in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Her Majesty has been informed that the UBD plan for 2021-2025 is themed “National Relevance, Global Impact”. The monarch expressed hope that the university will focus on the needs of the nation, such as digital technology and social welfare.

Her Majesty also urged the university to prioritize research on health, medicine, education, environment and sustainable development while offering contributions on the development and socio-economic progress of the Sultanate.

Her Majesty emphasized the need for knowledge, skills and efficiency in the economy.

The monarch said he was encouraged by UBD’s promise to continue to develop and emphasize lifelong learning to develop skills to cope with rapid technological advancements in the global economy. .

His Majesty congratulated the graduates and called on them to work hard, be resilient and adapt to changing times while maintaining integrity based on Islamic teachings to obtain the blessings and mercy of Allah the Almighty. Powerful.

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