BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Politeknik Brunei (PB) is pushing its architecture and interior design students to be more self-sustainable in a bid to spur more homegrown firms in those sectors.
Through its third Design Students Academy (DESA) Pantaran exhibition held at the Ministry of Development recently, the college aims to encourage participating students to one day start their own businesses using the skills they have acquired from their courses.
The exhibition featured over 40 creative works of final year PB students in Level 5 Architecture and Interior Design programmes.
Hj Mohammad Reizal Mohammad Ali, the Assistant Head of School Science and Engineering at PB for Lumut Campus, said that the exhibition is an avenue for the students to showcase their skills and their creations.
He added that through this initiative, it would inspire them to become future leaders in their respective fields.
“We want to change their mindset and not to depend on the government sector,” said Hj Mohammad Reizal.
Speaking with The Bruneian, the senior lecturer revealed that the PB undergraduates are being groomed into entrepreneurial architects and interior designers throughout their three-year courses.
He said that students are taught on how to look at business opportunities, learn to market their skills as well as explore the local and international markets.
“A few of our students have already started their own businesses and have clients. We encouraged them to do that without fear and not be laid back,” added Hj Mohammad Reizal.
One of their modules, said the senior lecturer, is creating products using the skills they have learned. “In our curriculum, the students learn about product design from concept to creation.”
“We then help promote their products and designs online and magazines like BHC,” he said.
“We have the platform where students can upload their products and share them to potential clients both locally and internationally.
“If let’s say there is no job (for them) after they graduate, they can run a business instead,” said Hj Mohammad Reizal, adding that the students would also get support from agencies such as the iCentre, Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) and the Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA).