A delegation from Brunei’s Mahakarya Institute of the Arts, including a member of the royal family and Brunei’s first female Film Director participated in a highly acclaimed signing ceremony with TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region at the Coomera Campus on Monday 4th of September. 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) represents the beginning of a relationship between the two training organisations with an aim to establish and build a strong film and television industry in Brunei.

The ceremony was attended by three co-founders of the Institute including Lady Munji Athirah of the Brunei royal family, Ms Siti Kamaluddin, the first female Film Director in Brunei and Dr Alex Fischer, Educational Director as well as Brunei’s High Commissioner Your Excellency Haji Zakaria bin Haji Ahmad.

Ms Kamaluddin has recognised that the emerging industry requires skills and expertise and wants to establish a strong film and television presence in the sovereign state.

“We just don’t have the right set of trained and qualified human resources,” Ms Kamaluddin said.

The Institute aims to emulate the TAFE Queensland – Coomera Campus screen and media facility and course offerings.

“The TAFE Queensland model is good because it really concentrates on the skills required to be job ready,” she said.

TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region General Manager Karen Dickinson said the partnership is a fantastic opportunity for all.

“The Institute really wants to look at new and contemporary ways to offer film and media studies in Brunei,” said Karen.

The partnership will work both ways, there may be exciting new prospects for future TAFE students as well.

“Opportunities may arise for local staff and students to visit Brunei down the track,” she said.

The delegation will now head home to start building recording studios, green screen sets and editing suites for film and television training.

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