Several academic institutions in the country have achieved notable milestones over the past year.
In September 2020, 18 students of International School Brunei in the 2020 cohort of 58 Year 13 students received the ISB Board of Directors Awards for their performance, marking an outstanding year of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results. For reaching the top echelon of IB results, graduates received Excellence Awards in Bronze, Silver or Gold categories and graduates who achieved substantial performance improvement were awarded a Special Achievement Award.
Jerudong International School students scored highly on ‘A’ Level examination despite being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 100 students completed the ‘A’ Level studies with 39.8 per cent achieving grades A* to A, 63 per cent, grades A* to B, 10 students, four A* or A and 14 students, three A* or A.
In September 2020, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) notched another milestone through its Islamic Economics and Finance Faculty (FEKIm) after being awarded the Global Islamic Finance Awards 2020 (GIFA 2020) for two consecutive years where the university was awarded for the GIFA Market Leadership Award 2020 (Education in Islamic Banking and Finance) Category, outdoing three other nominated institutions at the global level. FEKIm UNISSA _rst received the same GIFA Awards in 2019.
The nomination of FEKIm in GIFA from Cambridge International Finance Advisor (IFA), United Kingdom (UK) as the GIFA Awards nominee 2019 and 2020 is a major recognition in the global industry towards the achievement of the faculty in the development and advancement of studies in the _eld of global Islamic banking and _nance.
In June 2020, the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) introduced ‘iSkill’, its latest new quali_cation programme comprising _ve speci_c courses to serve local industry needs. The programme is developed in close collaboration between the relevant industry and the support of the Manpower Industry Steering Committee Working Group (Energy), together with IBTE.
The first programme, iSkill™ NTec in Welding (Oil & Gas), was launched in August 2020 and conducted for two years at the IBTE Sultan Bolkiah Campus, Seria. Other programmes include ISQ in Scaffolder, ISQ in Rigger, ISQ in Blaster Painter and ISQ in Marker/Pipe Fitter.
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