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Press Release: United States Embassy Holds First Major U.S. Higher Education Fair in Brunei
On Monday, February 17, 2014, the United States Embassy in Brunei Darussalam and EducationUSA opened the U.S. Higher Education Fair at the Sutra Hall in the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
The event was officiated by U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields, and Guest of Honor, the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Abu Bakar Haji Apong.
The U.S. Higher Education Fair featured more than 25 colleges and universities with diverse educational programs for those interested in both undergraduate and graduate (post-graduate) programs.
Ambassador Shields provided opening remarks during the Opening Ceremony. He stated, “I would like to praise Brunei’s educational leaders for spearheading efforts by Brunei’s premier universities in forging partnerships with American universities that are paving the way for more students to benefit from a U.S. education.”
“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and Brunei Darussalam this year, I am optimistic that our relationship will continue to grow even stronger in the coming years,” Ambassador Shields continued.
Regional Coordinator Dr. Jonathan Lembright spoke about how EducationUSA can assist prospective students. “EducationUSA Advisers share a common goal - assisting students in accessing U.S. higher education opportunities. This is done through outreach events and education fairs such as this, while offering services such as individual advising and through social media outreach. In this way we provide information, insights, and advice on how students can successfully reach their goal of studying in the United States.”
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21 to 22 February 2014 at Orchid Garden Hotel, Brunei
The national winners of the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards Competition were announced at a prize presentation event cum dinner networking event on 12 February. The event started off with a presentation on the Bloodhound Project by Wing Commander Andy Green. Earlier that day, Andy visited ITB, JIS and UBD, inspiring students with stories from his journey. The Bloodhound Project reaches out to millions of young people across the world, bringing engineering to life, aiming to make technology exciting for a new generation.
Photos from the UK in Brunei flickr site
From the Bloodhound Project website
Students from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah, Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, Pusat Tingkatkan Enam Meragang, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Katok, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong, Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali and Jerudong International School participated in the BUBA Awards Competition. They had to pitch their plans to a panel of four judges in a “Dragons’ Den” style session on 11 February.
Deputy High Commissioner Sunny Ahmed said “I was impressed with the confidence of the young people presenting this morning. We have a range of plausible business concepts which we hope the students will pursue. It is clear that the next generation does indeed possess the creativity and innovation required to help Brunei diversify its economy.”
The team from JIS were crowned champions of the Awards, taking home a $2,000 cash prize and BUBA trophy for their school. Their prize includes a trip to the UK where they will visit some BUBA institutions. Meragang Sixth Form Centre was the first runner-up with Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College coming in third. Their students took home cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 respectively.
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