Asia is rising rapidly in economic and global importance. Coupled with stable economic growth, Asia currently has an interesting demographic profile. Asian countries must take the correct measures such as restructuring the educational curriculum, engage with the private sector and the community. This is to ensure the country's youths are better equipped to take on jobs of the future. The Minister at the Prime Minister's Office emphasised the importance of investment in human capital where universities play a significant role in meeting future demands. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud stated the matter at the Launch of 'The Brunei Dialogue 2018', yesterday morning. The event took place at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong.

Earlier, Datin Doctor Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor and President of Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD as the Dialogue's Chairperson among others said that the dialogue is a platform for the panel members to share their view and experiences on the transformation of universities in promoting lifelong learning, innovation and enterprise.

The session was participated by 16 distinguished speakers from the top universities in Asia. Also present were Awang Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohamed Yunos; and Awang Haji Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretaries at the Prime Minister's Office; Doctor Haji Azman bin Haji Ahmad, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education; and Professor Doctor Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei, UTB.

The event was followed by a keynote presentation titled 'The role of Universities in Lifelong Learning' by Professor Tan Eng Chye, the President of National University of Singapore.

Source: Radio Television Brunei