A total of 416 students of Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology (COSMO) graduated with flying colours at its recent 14th Convocation held at The Empire Brunei.
With the addition of the new graduates, the college has garnered a total number of 3,400 graduates where 87 per cent of them have found employment since its establishment 17 years ago in 2004.
Speaking during his welcoming remarks, guest of honour at the event, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan POKSM DSP Hj Abidin commended the graduates for their diligence and discipline throughout their education at COSMO.
“Without fail, the graduates have stuck to their mission to be relevant, agile and ‘Job-Ready’individuals in a highly dynamic and rapidly changing era of info-technology. This is not an easy thing,” he said.
With a majority of COSMO graduates being able to find employment, the minister believed that COSMO is playing its part in ensuring the nation’s youth will achieve “meaningful employment” which falls in line with the National Youth Policy.
“COSMO has and continues to play a major role as a catalyst for societal and economic transformation, capable of producing youths who add value to the needs of the industry and more importantly, as model individuals that are needed by the country,” he continued.
The minister then called on the graduates to take this opportunity and present themselves as leaders that can create positive impacts on society, especially with their knowledge in the fields of business, information technology, digital media, creative media and computing.
“COSMO graduates have highly relevant competencies that can be fully utilised in facing the current reality that brings the latest technology centre stage,” said YB Dato Hj Aminuddin.
He applauded the graduates for already taking the necessary steps to achieve this, highlighting the development of the Avery application by COSMO students meant for the Brunei Dementia Association.
“The launch of this tracking application is highly anticipated because it not only shows the quality of thinking of our youths that are several steps ahead but also the project establishes an important link between the youth generation and senior citizens,” he added.
The minister went on to encourage the graduates to continue fostering charitable initiatives that would contribute to the caring society that is Brunei Darussalam.
“What is most important is that the skills learned, in addition to critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity, are not only concentrated in the lecture room but also brought out to be expanded and further developed for the benefit of society in general,” he said.
Meanwhile, Executive Chairman of COSMO Dr Aziz Latip expressed his pride towards COSMO graduates who have built a reputation of being competent and job-ready, as the college is committed to preparing its students with the necessary competencies and confidence.
“We have armed the senior students with employment skills such as six sigma, project management, leadership and followership, knowing self and others, cv writing, interview skills, problem-solving and decision making,” he said.
“Junior students to develop entry-level employment skills, personal development and emotional intelligence,” he added.
He then encouraged the students to consider becoming entrepreneurs “as the opportunities are limitless or seek employment overseas to expand your outreach, horizon and international exposure”.
“Once again, congratulations to the graduating students and wish you well in the future,” the chairman concluded.
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