• AIIT, Japan and FIT, UBD ink MoU to Collaborate in Project-Based Learning Education
AIIT, Japan and FIT, UBD ink MoU to Collaborate in Project-Based Learning Education
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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked on the 13th of November, 2016 to formalise collaborations in Project-Based Learning (PBL) Education between the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (AIIT), Japan and the Faculty of Integrated Technologies (FIT), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Present on behalf of AIIT was Dr. Seiichi Kawata, the President of AIIT. UBD was represented by Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Global Affairs) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 

PBL Education aims to encourage and promote learning systems in equipping today’s generation with the latest Information Technology (IT) knowledge for global business. To date, there have been 4 collaborative projects between three universities: UBD, Brunei; Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand and AIIT, Japan. The PBL project is focussed on generating a platform called the Robot Service Network Protocol (RSNP), which is carried out as part of the enPIT (Education Network for Practical Information Technologies) programme. The project exposes students to real-world applications used in facing current and future problems through robotics programming. The project themes revolve around tackling contemporary challenges such as healthcare and the environment, using web-based applications and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Examples of previous PBL projects were

  1. An infant monitoring system,
  2. The “Buddy Bot” for children with chronic illnesses, and
  3. A Flood Monitoring System.

This year’s PBL collaborative team is working on generating a landslide detection system and will be completed by the end of this year. 

Also present during the MoU exchange were  Dr. Shigeomi Koshimizu, the Dean’s Aide at School of Industrial Technology, Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology; Ms. Atsuko Ouchi, the manager of the Administrative Department at AIIT; Professor Chandratilak De Silva Liyanage, the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Technologies and the FIT faculty members.

Established in 2012, FIT emphasises quality, design-centric, broad-based engineering education with innovative curriculum and cutting-edge engineering research. FIT actively collaborates with world-class universities in its alignment with the university's aim of producing world-class graduates who are marketable in today's workforce. Some top peer partner universities of UBD include Oxford University, Florida Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University. The nature of the collaborations include student exchange, internship and academic research.

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