Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology (COSMO) has seen a steady rise in student admissions every year with hundreds of school leavers enrolling in certificate and diploma courses in April and October.
For its October intake, the private educational institution welcomed new students at its recent orientation programme.
The big day was not just for the students but also for proud parents as they get to see their kids embark on whole new learning experience.
“You are here to be successful for yourself and your parents. It is not playtime anymore” – these were some of the words uttered by a lecturer that echoed throughout the college’s hall.
At COSMO, the learning environment is made friendly and open whereby students can easily access lecturers’ mentorship; making one feels less intimidated with the new surroundings.
“They can come and meet us at our office anytime they need a consultation,” said the college’s principal, Nadirah Jambol, who is also a senior business lecturer.
One of the factors that make COSMO as the preferred college is its commitment towards moulding students to be job and industry ready in both practical and theory once they finished their studies.
“Students in every level will have the opportunity to go for site visits to industries during their course duration while Level 5 students taking HND will get to do their work-study programme at various companies,” said the principal.
Not only that, modules for each course; Business, Information Technology and Creative Media are properly structured according to the levels of study i.e. BTEC Levels 1, 2, 3, and 5, prepping more on basic personal skills.
Some of the modules include Developing a Personal Progression Plan, Working with Others, Communicating with Customers and Researching a Topic, among others.
“For us, we make them focus on their skills…We understand that some students are not academically good at first but when they are with us, we expose them to real-life situations,” said Nadirah.
Furthermore, the college has a good record of producing employable graduates and even before graduating, many agencies from various sectors have approached the institution for potential candidates.
“About 85 per cent of our students are employed after graduating in about 12 or six months and these data we generate via surveys with the students which we submitted to the ministry of education,” added the principal.
For COSMO, relationship with students does not remain in classrooms only but also outside of college especially when students have graduated.
“Majority of our students once they finished their studies, they catch up with their lecturers. That is when we give out info to them of when companies are looking and we would advise them (students) on how to apply,” said the 33-year-old principal, adding that the college would guide on how to fine-tune their CVs.
Moreover, the college’s multicultural environment that accommodates both local and international students creates a welcoming atmosphere for conducive learning.
“We have foreign nationalities in the college and that students can understand and respect each other’s culture with no problem,” she said, adding that there are students from Malaysia, Nepal, Iraq, Iran and Britain.
COSMO was established in 2004 focusing to strategically manage training, staff development and educational experiences, holding six core values; employability, service, trust, fun, outcome and innovation.
“For prospective students, Lakastah ke Cosmo and join us on an exciting journey throughout your studies, guiding you not just for jobs but also in life,” said the principal.
“To our current students, you have to be strong, study smart and make your parents proud.”
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN