A retailer of premium automobiles in Brunei, GHK Motors is the exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi and Daihatsu vehicles in the country. Since its inception, the company has boasted a connection to Japan.
Early success encouraged him to sell new models, and GHK obtained a franchise from Daihatsu Motor Co. to sell its cars and light trucks in 1974.
As sales grew sharply, GHK focused on customer and aftersales service by sending mechanics and engineers to Japan to learn the latest advances and techniques in car repair and service. Along the way, it readily adopted the latest technologies.
In 1979, GHK Motors achieved another milestone when Mitsubishi Motors Corp. awarded the homegrown dealership sole distributorship of the Mitsubishi cars and trucks. As GHK brought in these vehicles, it nurtured a preference for Japanese brands and increased market share for these giant automakers.
“We want to work together with Brunei because it was with the government’s support that has given us an opportunity to build a successful energy business,” said Brunei Liaison Office General Manager Yuki Kaneda.
Mitsubishi invested in the renewable energy sector because it wanted to improve the quality of life of Brunei’s people and have a positive impact on the country. Through its various investments, the company believes it facilitates more opportunities for foreign investment and allows small and medium-size enterprises to flourish in this market.
“In the past, the best minds usually chose to invest in oil and gas, but they now look for opportunities in other industries. There is a big opportunity for other businesses to set up as new industries in Brunei,” stressed Kaneda.
Enjoying the government’s clear support, Mitsubishi is committed to remain in the country long term and has expressed its readiness to collaborate with anybody wishing to build a business in this young market.
These partnerships range from research collaborations in Asian and energy studies, agriculture and peat swamp research, to medical training and student exchange programs.
In each of its partnerships, UBD provides expertise in its niche research on Energy Studies, Islamic and Asian Studies, and Biodiversity Studies. Brunei’s oldest and largest university is an ideal research hub for these areas and offers a well-rounded and culturally rich environment for incoming students.
The Discovery Year Program is part of UBD’s broad-based, multidisciplinary GenNEXT curriculum, which encourages students to explore the world outside Brunei and encourages them to examine alternative pathways to learning through international programs, business incubation andentrepreneurship projects, internships andcommunity outreach endeavors, among others.
The flexibility of the multidisciplinary approach allows students from different faculties to work closely together and capitalize on each other’s strengths to conduct internationally recognizable ventures.
Named last year as one of Asia’s fastest- rising universities by the QS Asia University Rankings, UBD stresses its ethos of entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and environmental awareness in creating a holistic, diverse and dynamic atmosphere conducive to maximizing learning in this highly globalized world.
It is also determined to increase its international partnerships, especially with Japanese universities, through more student exchanges, research collaborations and industry internships.
Previously known as Institut Teknologi Brunei, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has undergone a number of major changes in recent years. Aside from its new logo and redesigned website, the university’s new name reflects the biggest change — going from a technical institute to a full-fledged, engineering and technology university offering college and post-graduate degrees.
The largest engineering university in Brunei, UTB is the only educational institution that provides comprehensive engineering modules. Gaining its standing as a university has
increased public interest and boosted the morale of its staff and students.
The change in status has also allowed UTB to create platforms to assist the country’s economy and provide students with a more comprehensive education. This objective coincides with the government’s efforts to improve the country’s talent pool, support young entrepreneurs and attract more foreign direct investment.
In addition, international industry experts are also invited to provide hands-on experiences to the students.
“We want to provide a more holistic education and form well rounded individuals with social and economic responsibilities. This makes the students more independent,” explained Vice Chancellor and associate professor Zohrah Sulaiman.
As the university is focused on gaining wider international recognition, UTB is strengthening the caliber of its faculty by employing professors from internationally recognized universities around the world. These partnerships with international universities will also provide students with more international contact.
“The university’s international awareness is still relatively low. We have to be more aggressive after being renamed a university,” Zohrah said.
To foster collaborative linkages within Brunei Darussalam and the ASEAN region, UTB will be hosting the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2017. Under the theme of “Innovation for Sustainable Economy,” the competition serves as a platform for innovators to launch their creative ideas. It is open to all schools, government and private organizations and the general public.