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Singapore-Brunei agreement on ICT training

A partnership between Singapore and Brunei will see select students from Brunei undergo supervised work attachments with infocomm companies in Singapore, under the Internship Student Programme for ICT-related Education (INSPIRE).

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Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI), Brunei, and Tan Lark Yang, Director of Market Unit Group, IDA International, signed the Project Agreement for the Cooperation in Human Capacity Building for ICT in Singapore.

INSPIRE aims to provide opportunities for the students to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills in ICT-related areas through work experience and interaction with professionals.

Vincent Wong, Chief Executive Officer of IDA International, said, “We are delighted to extend our long-standing collaborations on ICT with Brunei and AITI to include hosting of Brunei ICT interns in Singapore. We hope Singapore will provide not just the technical exposure but a varied work environment for Brunei’s budding ICT professionals.”

Four students taking a diploma in ICT-related courses from Insitut Teknologi Brunei will be the first group to undergo the six-month internship.

Other than ICT, INSPIRE also includes cooperation in media and broadcasting. The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and AITI signed a Project Addendum for Cooperation in Human Capacity Building for Broadcasting and Media.

Chief Executive Officer of MDA, Koh Lin-Net remarked, “Project INSPIRE is an expression of the close and warm ties that Singapore enjoys with Brunei Darussalam in the area of media cooperation. Through this programme, Brunei students will gain additional exposure to how media business is conducted here and in the region”.

Menudin said, “AITI will continue to foster the relationship and strengthen its collaboration with IDA and MDA for mutual benefits. I hope our collaboration for this INSPIRE programme will provide the students a flying start as they gain first hand real organisational settings and challenging experience with the leading ICT and broadcasting agencies in Singapore”.

AITI is Brunei’s statutory body responsible for ICT industry development. IDA International is the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) execution arm for public service ICT collaboration between Singapore and other countries.

Singapore’s agreement with AITI falls under an existing IDA-AITI Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established in 2007. The MoU was renewed in 2011 to cover new areas, including an industrial attachment programme for fresh graduates and students taking ICT-related diplomas courses.

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