Brunei lacks science students
Posted on August 11, 2012, Saturday
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: There are not enough Science students in Brunei Darussalam, Borneo Bulletin reported.
This observation was made by Dr William Voon, the Chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei, in view of the poor response to vacancies for engineers or technicians advertised by companies.
This has, according to him, raised the question, “Where are our local engineers and technicians?”
When asked if IET Brunei was planning to do something to address this, Dr Voon told the Weekend Bulletin that after learning that it was “too late” to promote Science subjects at secondary and higher learning levels, they decided to go back to the root- primary schools, where young students can listen to technical talks about engineering.
It is vital to gain back the students’ interest in Science, he observed. By doing so, this could lead students onto the path of engineering.
“I know it’s challenging, but I hope to see some of the non-member engineers joining us to help promote and generate interest in Sciences,” he said, adding that IET Brunei wants to ensure that education in Brunei is recognised by other countries.
The organisation is also trying to assist in the accreditation of education in Brunei through IET UK and by doing so, it is envisioned that they would move onto the technology side.
Meanwhile, Dr Voon revealed that the upcoming IET BIC 2012 will feature talks by keynote speaker, Dr David A Clifton from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, as well as Professor Kaoru Hirota of Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Dr Clifton, who is the Chairman of the Executive Committee, IET Healthcare, which is one of the largest special-interest groups in IET -United Kingdom, and Advisor to the IET President on the Digital Economy Group, has spoken in various different countries and has vast experience and knowledge in research and teaching.
Professor Hirota’s group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, has been studying on robots and human communications through the Internet.
There will be eight technical sessions relating to smart technology namely ‘Human Resource Planning & Policy’, ‘Environment and Resource Conservation’, ‘Energy Efficiency and Conservation’, ‘ICT System’, ‘Transport System’, ‘Food Production/Security’, ‘Health and Welfare’ and ‘Energy Supply and Demand Applications’.
Those interested in attending the conference can register online via the IET BIC 2012 website, www.theiet.org.bn/ietbic2012.