Laksamana College of Business (LCB) is now opening application for its new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that will commence in February and August this year.

The Jalan Tutong based – institution added four Bachelor’s Degree courses and introduced three Master’s Degree courses by the University of Chester, UK.

The three-year degree courses are; BA (Hons) Events and Festival Management, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management and BSc (Hons) Applied Computing.

The final date to register for these courses is on February 17 which is also the start of study.

Meanwhile, the one-year master courses are MSc International Finance, MSc Management and MSc Advanced Computer Science which closing date of application will be on August 17, also on the first day of study.

Applicants can choose between two options of study mode; a full-time day class for students and full-time night class for working adults.

Accounting and Finance Programme Leader cum Lecturer in the Business Department, Mohd Norshahid Saharudin said the courses are introduced to diversify opportunities and produce uniquely skilled graduates.

“We are always working to give more options to students to learn more about business, hospitality and IT while at the same time, upgrading their qualifications, skills and knowledge,” he said.

The introduction of the degree courses in Events and Festival Management and International Tourism Management, he added, is timely with the recurring annual Brunei December festivals.

“Every year we see a variety of events running from November to January and I believe that’s a good start. We hope that our graduates will be handling or organising such events in the future.”

Mohd Norshahid said the courses were simultaneously introduced as they correlate, adding that “events or festivals organised can boost tourism in the country.”

(L-R): IT Lecturer Dr Mohd Kufaisal Mohd Sidik, Accounting and Finance Programme Leader cum Business Lecturer Mohd Norshahid Saharudin and LCB’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Principal Sivarajah Subramaniam. Image: Rafidah Hamit

For the IT courses, Lecturer Dr Mohd Kufaisal Mohd Sidik explained that different areas of computing were introduced to produce graduates with a wider scope of expertise in the field.

“We’ve had demands to have courses other than just Computer Science and have the opportunity to choose between which areas they prefer,” the lecturer said.

Simultaneously, the college aims to produce students with various IT skills to respond to His Majesty’s titah on the 4th industrial revolution and Internet of Things (IoT) to ensure Brunei becomes a digital city.

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Principal Sivarajah Subramaniam said the courses would be a good opportunity for applicants to acquire knowledge without having to leave the country, their families and loved ones.

“I think it’s always a challenge for students who want to pursue their studies but they have to leave their job or go overseas for a year leaving their family and loved ones,” he said.

He added: “But with the introduction of these courses, working individuals won’t have to worry about leaving their jobs as they can still work in the morning and attend classes at night.”

The COO and Deputy Principal said the new programmes will provide more opportunities for students to take the next step.

“Now parents can enroll their children locally with UK qualifications and of course bring Brunei towards becoming a tourism destination,” he added.

Sivarajah said the newly approved courses signify a milestone for the school and country.

“We believe we are the first private institution in Brunei to offer Master’s programmes which is in line with our efforts to promote the sultanate as an education hub for international students,” said the deputy principal.

The college can accommodate up to 1000 students at one time and is fully equipped with numerous computer labs, lecture halls and access the University of Chester’s library as well as its own library feed.

To register and for more details, contact them at 2238816 / 2238818 or visit their website https://www.lcb.edu.bn/courses

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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