UBD, MOE, & BSP Sign MoU for BEES

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for “Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme (BEES), Second Chapter” for the 2016 BEES Convention was signed at the Indera Samudra, Empire Hotel & Country Club on 16 November 2016.

Present as the Guest of Honour at the signing was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, Minister of Education.

The event started with a welcoming address by the Director of Curriculum Department, Hj Rahman Hj Nawi which was then followed by the signing of the MoU between the Ministry of Education, Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

During the event, where the top five schools competed in the final round, Seri Mulia Sarjana Secondary School was crowned champion. Sekolah Menengah Sultan Sharif Ali and Chung Hwa Middle School, Bandar Seri Begawan were named first and second runners up respectively.

This year, students attended a seminar on Intellectual Property by the Office of AVC (Research and Innovation) and demonstrated their products to get feedback on filing patent applications and commercialisation aspects. This shows the passion of students not just creating solutions but also exploring ways to commercialise the solutions.

BEES Version 2.0 is an upgraded programme designed to instill, develop and stimulate enterprising attitudes and skills among students in secondary schools through a systematic approach by focusing on three key elements of entrepreneurial success namely entrepreneurial mindset, pragmatic knowledge with application, and creating entrepreneurial students that are resourceful and sustainable.

In order to ensure these newly acquired goals are sustainable, BEES 2.0 focuses on nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset in participants by forming a three-year strategic-based programme thematically named "Entrepreneurial Mindset on Pitching" for 2016, "Entrepreneurial Mindset on Innovation" for 2017 and "Entrepreneurial mindset on Sustainability " for 2018.

A total of 10 schools participated in this year’s BEES 2.0 programme in which six were from government schools, and four were from private schools. Products and services produced by the participants of this programme were judged based on criteria such as clarity, market potential, sustainability and competitive advantage, creativity and innovation, as well as persuasion skills and confidence.

Participants of the BEES 2.0 programme are not limited to students from the fields of Accounting and Business, but also open to students from various fields such as science, mathematics and other modules. This is to inculcate interdisciplinary knowledge in order to produce both creative and innovative products and services.

"Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme" Programme was first introduced in 2011, where a Memoranding of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education, BSP and UBD. The programme was established to assist students in understanding the ways of doing business through practical activities and mentoring with the intention of making them more independent and resourceful.

LiveWIRE Brunei is BSP’s Social Investment flagship which aims at grooming and mentoring current and future entrepreneurs. This is one of BSP’s commitments towards nurturing and developing local business competencies, capabilities, and competitiveness particularly in the long-term sustainability of Brunei Darussalam’s private sector economy. LiveWIRE was an integral part of BEES 1.0, through which their guidance and support was one of the keys for success in the first BEES.

Through similar MoUs, UBD regularly collaborates with a number of organisations, faculties and companies to share expertise, establish greater rapport and benefit participants of various programmes. The results from these collaborations can range from joint research projects, exchanges of publications as well as job opportunities. 

Students and members of the public who wish to learn more about BEES 2.0 can email Dk Dianawati Pg Hj Patra at entrepreneurship.village@gmail.com. 

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