Agriculture and IT-Based Workshop Concluded (BruDirect (Brunei))

The Institute of Brunei Technical Education Wasan Vocational School Campus (IBTE SVW Campus), in conjunction with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP), participated in an Agriculture and IT-based Workshop, which started on August 3 and ended yesterday.

The workshop, which focussed on agriculture in Brunei in particular with developing ’tissue culture’, saw the attendance of Dr.AriefSabdoYuwono, Deputy Director for Resource Management of SEAMEO BIOTROP, Renaldo RheskyNosyafril, head of the delegation for SEAMEO SEAMOLEC, and ErinaSulistiani (MSc), Tissue Culture Specialist.

The workshop not only involved the sharing of various insights regarding the importance of developing tissue culture, but it also included demonstrations, lectures, and training for the instructors of IBTE SVW Campus, focusing primarily on the theoretical background and practical lab work in tissue culture, and the theoretical and practical work in video animation.

The scope of the MoU signing aims to cover exploring the potential for joint activities in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), cross-training or exchange of faculty, staff, and students, and to identify opportunities for skills development training programmes for poverty alleviation as well as food security and sustainability.

When asked about the objective of this workshop, Dr.AriefSabdoYuwono said, “To strengthen the relationship between Asean countries – in this case between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam – through the field of agriculture and tropical biology as well as ICT.”

He added, “If instructors choose to deliver their lessons regarding either one through ICT, they can find that it can be easier and provides a new unique brand of interest than more conventional means.”

The head of delegation for SEAMEO SEAMOLEC also had some words to share regarding the ICT influences in the workshop and the benefits it could bring to institutes in general.

“Through the use of ICT the student can learn anytime and anywhere – providing they have the means to – without always needing the constant preserice of a teacher,” said Renaldo RheskyNosyafril. “It can make lessons easier and more convenient for the students, and it will satisfy the 21st century curriculum where the use of ICT is very much encouraged not just in the classroom, but anywhere where possible.”

In turn, this cooperation will no doubt appease several of IBTE’s core values: to have suitable and sufficient skills, knowledge, talent, and experience to ensure the institution are up to date with the current trends and national needs, and to establish and enrich a commendable partnership with relevant partners through mutual understanding and effective communication.

On the final day of the workshop, ErinaSulistiani (MSc) shared some motivational parting words for the institute. “I hope that IBTE SVW Campus can one day adopt the technology from BIOTROP that will lead to a more improved and sufficient lab work experience; how the youth view the promising technology in producing good quality seedlings is vital in improving the potential of agriculture in this country, and to do this the practice has to be actively developed and engaging.”

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