BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and other higher learning institutions should ensure the applicability of their respective programs to produce marketable and future-ready graduates, said Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, also chancellor of UBD.
According to local media on Friday, the monarch said in a speech delivered at the UBD's 29th Convocation Ceremony, "Unemployment issues must be tackled in a 'whole-of-nation' approach, where government and non-government agencies need to play their respective roles."
"Institutions of higher learning are responsible for producing human resources, while other agencies should undertake initiatives to boost the country's economic growth and create new jobs," the sultan said.
The sultan also expressed the hope of seeing yet more research outcomes which could be harnessed for commercial activities and further employment opportunities.
"It is my hope that research and innovation will undergo further expansion, particularly in those areas requiring collaboration or close cooperation between universities and relevant agencies such as industries," said the monarch.