Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology flew to Philippines last 9th August and has arrived safely in Brunei last 13th August 2015. The team went there to celebrate their 11th Year anniversary.

During their stay in the Philippines, the teaching and non-teaching staff had a set of team building activities, training and touring arranged by the management. The trip was a very productive and enjoyable one wherein each and everyone of the team member of the college had the time to regenerate their energy and find inspiration.

Upon arrival at Manila, Philippines, the college travelled to Pampanga where they stayed there for five (5) days. Mimosa Leisure Estate, was the name of the place where the team chose to reside at. The journey from Manila to Pampanga took about three hours with minimum traffic and the weather lightly pouring.

On the second (2nd) day, the college immediately kick started with a very exciting team building activities at Tree Top Adventure wherein physical and mental agility was put to test. Right after the activities, the team travelled to Ocean Adventure to take their sumptuous lunch. During the break, the team had a chance to experience a new way of foot spa, which is quite popular today, it is known as fish spa wherein the origin of this is Turkey and is brought to Pampanga, Philippines. As the day continues, the team preceded to a beach activity in the afternoon, wherein this involves a sack race, kayaking and a lot more other physical activities.

Technically the day was more of like an amazing race kind of adventure wherein the staff members were divided into four (4) teams, namely: Amber, Amethyst, Jade and Sapphire; from there the teams competed with each other for the cash prize from the management. The day ended with the Dolphin and Sea Lion live show from Ocean Adventure.

Moving on to the third (3rd) day, the whole team was brought touring around Clark, Pampanga. The first stop was at CDC, this is a museum where people can see how Pampanga started and what it is to the Philippines. Aside from that, the team also managed to see a little bit about the tradition and history of the Philippines. In addition, right beside CDC is the 4D Theatre; this is actually one of the places where the team was very excited about, as they got a chance to exclusively watch a short 4D film about the history of Pampanga. The film also managed to showcase about the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. To top that off, since it is in 4D even the team could even feel the water and ashes splashing to their faces. The experience was indeed a very enjoyable and exciting one. As soon as the short film was done, the team was taken to tour Hansa Creations. This is actually a stuffed toy factory made from recycled bottles and personally hand crafted by every Filipino working for the factory. The tour was very interesting and a good place to take a lot of photos with the adorable stuffed toys that looked almost real. Right after that, the team was taken to Nayong Pilipino. This a national park where national displays of the Filipino heritage can be seen. The third (3rd) day trip was indeed filled with historical tours. To sum up the whole day tour, the team proceeded to Show Mart (SM) Shopping Mall, the biggest shopping mall management in the Philippines.

As the fourth (4th) day preceded, the teaching and non-teaching staff had a training by an International Motivational Expert and Human Resource Trainer, Dr. Ali Qassem from K-MAS Management. This is where the team was trained to reintroduce themselves to their own teammates as well as to have a sense of ownership towards the company. The main aim of the training was to boost the sense of teamwork, as this is what the management primarily believes in.

On a nutshell, the whole agenda of this trip was not only to celebrate the 11th year of the college but also to express their gratitude towards the valuable efforts and time being invested by their staff as well as to inspire the team to do better and keep on improving.

Cosmopolitan College conducted a presentation on “Furthering your employability potential program”, on the 14th of September, 2014, at 10.30 a.m. in Dewan Mahligai Hall. The event was held to inform about the practical knowledge, extended to the students, by the college. The college is preparing their learners to face challenges ahead of them by setting up their own business, so that they continue to be employed in the future. The main purpose of the visit is also to present CCCT’s academic and non-academic activities.

Arrived at the ceremony, was the guest of honour,Yang Mulia Dato Seti Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Awang Haji Yusoff bin Awang Haji Ismail, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education. Also present, was the executive chairman of CCCT, Yang Mulia,Dr Hj Abd Aziz Bin Hj Latif, Yang Mulia Awang Yusuf Bin Hj Abd Rahman, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s office, Director General, Dr Hjh May Faezah Binti Hj Ahmad Ariffin, Deputy Director General, Awg Haji Abdul Amin Bin Haji Hashim as well as senior officers and officers from JPKE.

The event started with the recitation of Al-Fatihah by the school’s Deputy Principal, Yang Mulia Cikgu Haji Ali Akbar, followed by the welcome speech by Yang Mulia Dr Haji Abd Aziz.

The ceremony was lightened up by presentations delivered by two Cosmopolitan College lecturers, Miss Rafeah Serbini and Miss Diana Emran.

They added that the college started in 2004 with only 25 students. Now, they have a total of 800 students studying in the college with BPTV scholarships that was granted in September 2011. Cosmopolitan College is offering 8 courses ranging from LCCI to HND. They are in the process of starting informatics courses such as Diploma and Advance Diploma in gaming and animation as well as degree courses for which the MOE’S approval is still awaited. To this day, 21 locals and 20 expatriates work as lecturers in the college.

The presentations also focused on the challenges they had throughout the years such as difficulty in recruiting lecturers and competition from other private institutions that affect the attachment placement for students.

The sport, dodgeball is beginning to be more popular and actively played in this country. Joining the bandwagon of this fad is Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology. The college just recently held a three (3) days tournament last 12th – 14th of September at the Atrium, Ground Floor of Airport Mall. This is an effort to support the country’s vision of having healthy and active youth. Organizing this event is actually one of the college’s students’ business group, known as Flexyvent Management. The organizers worked hand in hand with eleven (11) student volunteers from the College, five (5) Paramedics from the scouts and as well as Green City Concept, the official dodgeball association in Brunei.

Aside from the tournament, the event management also managed to put some stalls comprising of local SME such as; Suria Egg Tart, Jill bakery, Diana Sweetie, MHNNS Enterprise, Sumidah Enterprise, SH Fathin Enterprise, Mallyna Enterprise, Juniehk and Covered by An Nisa.

In an interview with one of the organizing committee, Ms. Mimi Noorazlina from Flexyvent Management expresses that; ‘this event would never have been possible without the guidance and encouragement of our lecturers and colleagues from our college and the support of our sponsors’.

The sponsors of the event comprises mainly of Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology, The Airport Mall, Aewon Brunei, Digi Mark, Q-Hanz Bakery, Mahkota Crystal, Wisa Enterprise, Rentokil Initial and Jerudong Park Medical Centre.

Overall, the event was a success considering that at the start, there was only nine (9) young business enthusiast taking Diploma in Business Finance students who first initiated this effort. The College is very proud of what their students has achieved at this stage and plans to bring up more practical projects to put the students’ abilities and skills to execution.

Cosmopolitan College conducted a presentation on “Furthering your employability potential program”, on the 5th of June, 2014, at 10.30 a.m. in Dewan Mahligai Hall. The event was held to inform about the practical knowledge, extended to the students, by the college. The college is preparing their learners to face challenges ahead of them by setting up their own business, so that they continue to be employed in the future. The main purpose of the visit is also to present CCCT’s academic and non-academic activities.

Arrived at the ceremony, was the guest of honour,Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Awang Haji Ismail, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education. Also present, is the executive chairman of CCCT, Yang Mulia Dr Hj Abd Aziz Bin Hj Latip, the Managing Director of CCCT, Mr. Nandakumar Sanmugam, the director of studies of CCCT, Cikgu Hajah Ismah Besar, senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs, BDTVEC, BNAC, the Labor office of Brunei Darussalam, BPS and as well as other industry experts.

The event started with the recitation of Al-Fatihah by the Melayu Islam Beraja lecturer of CCCT, Ak. Khairulanwar, followed by a welcome speech from Yang Mulia Dr Haji Abd Aziz.

The showcase event was lightened up by a presentation on introducing the college background delivered by a lecturer of CCCT, Ak. Khairulanwar. This was later on, followed by four other presentations two of which is from the IT students and two from the business students of CCCT.

They added that the college started in 2004 with only 25 students. Now, they have a total of 1,200 students studying in the college with BPTV scholarships that was granted in September 2011. Cosmopolitan College is offering 8 courses ranging from LCCI to HND. They are in the process of starting informatics courses such as Diploma and Advance Diploma in gaming and animation as well as degree courses for which the MOE has already approved. To this day, 20 locals and 20 expatriates work as lecturers in the college.

The presentations also focused on the challenges they had throughout the years such as difficulty in recruiting lecturers and competition from other private institutions that affect the attachment placement for students.

After the presentation, the guest of honor was invited to visit the exhibition of CCCT’s 11 business registered companies, comprising of BDTVEC Diploma in Business Finance, SC3 Business Administration and SC2 Business Administration. This aims to let the students use the businesses, as a platform for them to understand textbook theories and concepts through practical, which would otherwise be limited to teaching in a classroom environment. Aside from that, the I.T students also showcased their projects that includes website and network development for Bruneian Small Medium Enterprises (SME’S).

Cosmopolitan College is moving forward to help Brunei Darussalam, reduce the rate of unemployment, by striving young potentials in its bid, to give bright future for the students while also contributing to the nation’s vision 2035.

10 Korean delegates from Brunei and Republic of Korea (YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, 2014) visited Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology, on the 8th of May from 10.45 to 12.30 pm. The objective behind this visit is to know about the Korean club activities within the college. During the visit, Cikgu Ismah, Principal of CCCT, gave a short briefing about Cosmopolitan College followed by a college tour by the student council members.

Ms Hawa, facilitator of the Korean club along with the student council members and the Korean club students, helped to facilitate the visit by arranging some ice breaking activities and games that were conducted for the delegates. One of the dance performance by our students was encouraged by the delegates joining the dance .They were introduced to the Brunei customs and traditions, Brunei food and also Brunei songs.

As, Mr Choi Changhaeng, Director of Ministry of Gender Equality and Family was quite impressed during this visit, in return,he has invited our college to visit South Korea. Jabatan Belia dan Sukan has also acknowledged Cosmopolitan College, by giving a Certificate of Appreciation for handling this event.

A token of appreciation was exchanged between the Head of the Korean delegates and the facilitator of the Korean club, followed by a photo taking session. A delicious Brunei lunch was then served to them.

Over all, it was an overwhelming event.

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