My SEAMEO INNOTECH memory that lingers on
“At this juncture, I wish to pay heed to how much I gained from INNOTECH in my professional and personal capacities. I found and still find myself utilizing, time and time again, the practical lessons and immeasurable insight which I had received from the (three-month) course.”
As Assistant Senior Technical Instructor of the Department of Technical Education, an obvious aspiration of mine was to serve at the forefront of the technical and vocational education in Brunei Darussalam. This dream came true after I attended a three-month course at SEAMEO INNOTECH where I gained invaluable knowledge and training.
In 1985, I and two of my colleagues were sent to INNOTECH as representatives of the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam, for a three-month course on Educational Innovation and Technology. The course provided me with the exact knowledge and skills required to play a vital role in managing technical education to be able to develop the local industry and produce the then-needed manpower in different areas of industries.
All participants of this course were required to develop a project that would be relevant and useful for our respective countries. I developed a project entitled “Project Tech.” This project described the need to hone the curriculum of technical and vocational education in Brunei Darussalam. In essence, Project Tech made data-driven recommendations on what their training institutions have to provide and curated training programs which were in line with the needs of respective industries at the time.
It so happened that soon after my return from my course at SEAMEO INNOTECH, the Ministry of Education engaged a group of Canadians to assist in developing the curriculum of Brunei’s technical education. As luck and convenience would have it, Project Tech fell perfectly aligned with our then nation’s drive to prioritize and intrinsically develop what we understood as technical and vocational education.
At this juncture, I wish to pay heed to how much I gained from INNOTECH in my professional and personal capacities. I found and still find myself utilizing, time and time again, the practical lessons and immeasurable insight which I had received from the course. Most notably, INNOTECH had definitely played a part in the successful execution of my responsibilities from previous posts held: as, inter alia: (1) Deputy Director for Programme and Development in the SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand; (2) Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education (VOCTECH), Brunei Darussalam; and (3) Director of the Department of Technical Education, Brunei Darussalam.
The SEAMEO INNOTECH, as I had experienced it, was one that I will not forget. Thanks to the sophistication and professionalism of the trainers and support staff of the course. I believe I can safely speak on behalf of the other participants when I say that our expectations were well-exceeded. The trainers and instructors made sure to adapt to everyone’s different needs and offer guidance wherever it was needed. Although some time may have passed since, it is rest assured that the invaluable memory of the SEAMEO INNOTECH experience lingers on.
Lastly, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation toward SEAMEO INNOTECH for the pivotal role you have played in shaping the deep-set roots of my successful professional career. Alhamdulillah.