In efforts to build academic bridges between Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Loughborough University, visiting professor, Eran Edirisinghe, Director of Research in the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University, gave a lecture entitled ‘Enterprise: Research that matters’ at UBD’s Senate Room yesterday afternoon.
In his lecture, Professor Edirisinghe shared his knowledge and experience of academic research for the purpose of academia as well as collaborating with companies and organisations for business.
Professor Edirisinghe has visited Brunei previously to conduct lecture s on the selection of final year projects relevant to the country’s industry settings, as well as a Discovery Year where students acquire practical experience and knowledge in a step-by-step process of embarking on a career in business.
He told the Bulletin, “Students who choose to take a career path in academia should not only focus on teaching, but they should use the acquired knowledge to work for organisations and companies. This allows satisfaction in seeing your research come into practice. Students should keep looking for opportunities because this will economically benefit the country.”
According to Professor Edirisinghe, Loughbourough is collaborating with 10 computer science lecturers from UBD to assist in the process of enterprise research and “Brunei’s diversification can begin with universities by identifying the strongest research groups by supporting them to allow the creation of new industries,” he continued.
In 2016, Professor Edirisinghe plans to propose a dual degree programme and a joint Masters programme, whereby UBD students are given the opportunity to study at Loughborough University for one year to gain practical knowledge which includes a six-month project that is relevant to Brunei. The research can then continue in Brunei. “We have the capacity to have mutual modules for UBD students who undergo the programme,” he concluded.