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.
This month of April served as a rewarding time for the Diploma Business and IT students of Cosmopolitan College as they were engaged in numerous activities such as attending an educational visit to the Orchid Garden Hotel on April 9 and 16, viewing the Art & Design Exhibition at the University of Brunei Darussalam and visiting the UBD Library on April 23, 2014.
The Faculty of Language and Communication of the college has arranged these visits to instill within the students a sense of responsibility, to enhance communication, to teach self-discipline, and to form camaraderie.
According to the Faculty Leader, Anjana Nambiar, “It is very essential to expose these students to know what is practically going on in different industries in Brunei. This will make them understand and appreciate what they are learning inside the classroom. Furthermore, one day, these students will graduate and get employed. The college aims to equip them with skills that they will need to become better individuals in their chosen career.”
Altogether, there were 46 Diploma students who participated in the said activities. The college has lined up several activities for this semester and hope that this term will be worthwhile and truly rewarding for these students.
Taking back in time in 1941, Brunei, our very own country, started their formal education. To this day, it marks its 100 years of existence. Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology celebrated the same by having a religious ceremony that was held at the Dewan Mahligai hall (Airport Mall) on Saturday, 11th January 2013. About 400 students, excluding lecturers and administrators attended the ceremony.
This ceremony is to pay respect towards the formal education system that is ongoing since 100 years. The recital of the Ratib Al-Attas and Doa Kesyukuran was performed during the ceremony.