Science, technology, and innovations are more indispensable nowadays, particularly in response to and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has further strengthened the IT infrastructure of the education sector in the country and moving towards digitalisation across the curricular.
This was underlined by the Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman as the guest of honour during the launching ceremony of the 10th edition of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2023 held at The Royal Berkshire, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong, yesterday.
The theme, “Innovations for Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs’, he emphasised that it encompasses the national and global needs to address the global challenges that development must balance between social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
“Education is relevant in SDG4 and SDG9, where SDG4 ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all, while SDG9 builds resilient infrastructure, promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and fosters innovation,”
“CIPTA is under SDG9 as it inculcates innovation mindsets in the country and the region,” he said.
Highlighting the 2030 Agenda of the SDGs, the Education Minister said Brunei Darussalam’s SDGs journey is guided by its national vision Wawasan Brunei 2035 and its achievement of the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs.
He believed that one successful and feasible way to make SDGs accessible is through the CIPTA 2023 platform, which plays a vital role as a catalyst for action, and crucial that academic institutions such as UTB increase support for academic research that is guided by the 2030 Agenda.
“I hope CIPTA 2023 will attract more competitors as CIPTA 2023 will no longer be seen as a mere competition but rather an opportunity to develop the product further towards market creation and commercialisation as part of the innovation system,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor of UTB and Chairperson of the CIPTA 2023 Executive Committee Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman in her welcoming address, underscored that UTB has been giving support to SDG elements through various ongoing research collaborations with the government and industries, and the university also incorporates SDG-related topics into the curriculum to create understanding and awareness among the students.
The 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as adopted by United Nations Member States in September 2015, sets the blueprint of a global response to normalise the global issues by eradicating poverty, combating inequality, and protecting the planet through the tackling climate change.
CIPTA 2023 Competition invites visionary innovators within Brunei Darussalam and other ASEAN countries to invent and innovate products that revolve around the 17 elements of SDGs, to provide integrated solutions to respond to the challenges the world is facing, and ensure inclusiveness among the global society.
There are three main categories namely, ‘Local Categories’ comprise of three categories: ‘Category 1: Creating New Product, Process or Technology’; ‘Category 2: Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology’; and ‘Category 3: Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors’.
The Smart Junior Competition is open to Bruneian school students from the lower secondary school students or equivalent to Year 7 to Year 9.
Whilst the ASEAN Categories are comprised of two categories which are the ‘New Invention & Innovation Category’ and ‘Young Inventor Category’.
Winners of the Local Categories in Categories 1 and 2, as well as the ASEAN Categories – New Invention & Innovation Category, are eligible to compete for the Crown Prince Special Award, which includes a B$8000 cash prize and a trophy.
The competition encompasses all areas of Science, Technology, and Engineering and is open to all schools, technical and tertiary academic institutions, government and private organisations, and the public.
Also present were Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir. Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar; Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Dayang Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh; Permanent Secretary (Industry) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy Pengiran Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani; Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin; and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib as Co-Chairperson of the CIPTA 2023 Executive Committee.
Interested participants can obtain all the documents from its official website at http://conference.utb.edu.bn/cipta/, and the registration is open until January 9.