BRUNEI-MUARA – Conferment of educational honours shouldn’t be politicised or used as a instrument to “hurt the recipient when it’s withdrawn for political causes”, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah stated on Thursday.
Talking at Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s 31st convocation ceremony, the monarch stated college levels needs to be a recognition of studying, and never blended with political pursuits.
“If these are blended, the diploma could possibly be a commodity or instrument used to hurt the recipient when it’s withdrawn for political causes.”
“UBD and all our establishments of upper studying mustn’t copy such an method which isn’t Islamic.”
The sultan additionally confused the significance of Islamic management, which he hoped can be a significant discipline of examine at UBD.
Addressing graduates, the sultan urged them to make the most of the alternatives within the Fourth Industrial Revolution, saying they need to persevere by means of “quickly altering paradigms”.
“The explosion of expertise has led to the quickest adjustments within the historical past of human civilisation… We should not be left behind… We should all the time enhance ourselves and if mandatory enhance our schooling system”.
He praised UBD for updating its curriculum to introduce elements of digital expertise to all its undergraduate programmes, and making adjustments to incorporate rising fields of examine similar to knowledge analytics, synthetic intelligence and cybersecurity.
The monarch expressed hope that these adjustments would create “future-ready graduates”, who would spur job creation and never simply depend on current jobs.
He added that the institution of the multi-disciplinary UBD Begin-Up Centre would additionally assist encourage entrepreneurship amongst college students.
Some 1,211 college students had been awarded levels from UBD this yr — 29 PhD graduates, 199 grasp holders, 964 bachelor graduates in addition to 19 diploma recipients.