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BIBD today strengthened its efforts to support the development and educational needs of its community with contributions to the Orang Kaya Pemancha Berandai Primary School in Mukim Labi. The visit is also part of BIBD’s effort to further strengthen its relationships with students from the BIBD ALAF Programme as well as the teachers who continuously [...]

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BIBD today strengthened its efforts to support the development and educational needs of its community with contributions to the Orang Kaya Pemancha Berandai Primary School in Mukim Labi.

The visit is also part of BIBD’s effort to further strengthen its relationships with students from the BIBD ALAF Programme as well as the teachers who continuously support their education.

BIBD took the opportunity to also hand over books to add to the school library, an air conditioning unit to provide comfort to the students, and prizes to fifteen students who excelled in their education. The BIBD party also took time to visit BIBD ALAF programme students in Labi.

Hj Mohammad Yusri bin Hj Wahsalfelah, BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, commented, “Education is an essential part of the development of a robust economy towards a sustainable society. Therefore, we cannot underestimate the impact it can bring, but equally important is the environment in which our future leaders are brought up in.

“Alhamdulillah, we are able to contribute towards this cause with reaching out to the students of Labi, and also our own ALAF programme students to improve their learning conditions, while also taking the opportunity to thank the schools and teachers who continue to ensure the students’ future success.”

Also present as part of the visiting group members of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body, BIBD senior management and officials.

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BIBD today strengthened its efforts to support the development and educational needs of its community with contributions to the Orang Kaya Pemancha Berandai Primary School in Mukim Labi.

The visit is also part of BIBD’s effort to further strengthen its relationships with students from the BIBD ALAF Programme as well as the teachers who continuously support their education.

BIBD took the opportunity to also hand over books to add to the school library, an air conditioning unit to provide comfort to the students, and prizes to fifteen students who excelled in their education. The BIBD party also took time to visit BIBD ALAF programme students in Labi.

Hj Mohammad Yusri bin Hj Wahsalfelah, BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, commented, “Education is an essential part of the development of a robust economy towards a sustainable society. Therefore, we cannot underestimate the impact it can bring, but equally important is the environment in which our future leaders are brought up in.

“Alhamdulillah, we are able to contribute towards this cause with reaching out to the students of Labi, and also our own ALAF programme students to improve their learning conditions, while also taking the opportunity to thank the schools and teachers who continue to ensure the students’ future success.”

Also present as part of the visiting group members of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body, BIBD senior management and officials.

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More than 50 HEP teachers involved in Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s (BIBD) Advocating Life-Long Learning for An Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme recently attended an appreciation night event organised by the Bank. The event was held to recognise the contributions of ALAF Student Welfare Teachers in supporting the primary and secondary education of young underprivileged Bruneians. [...]

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More than 50 HEP teachers involved in Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s (BIBD) Advocating Life-Long Learning for An Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme recently attended an appreciation night event organised by the Bank. The event was held to recognise the contributions of ALAF Student Welfare Teachers in supporting the primary and secondary education of young underprivileged Bruneians.

Also present at the event was the Director General of Education, Yang Mulia Hj Abd Rahim bin Derus, and Director of Islamic Studies, Yang Mulia Ustazah Hajah Hajijah binti Haji Moktal, and senior leaders from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs and BIBD.

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Speaking after the Doa recital to bless the event, BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, who was also guest of honor, Hj Minorhadi bin Hj Mirhassan said, “Behind the success of each ALAF student is the dedication of ALAF Student Welfare teachers.”

“Together with the unwavering commitment of our teachers, BIBD will continue to support the expansion of the ALAF programme, in line with His Majesty’s Vision 2035 to develop a holistic society that is highly educated and skilled.”

Hj Minorhadi presented awards, including commemorative plaques and cash rewards, to recognise the contributions of teachers who have gone above and beyond their current responsibilities in support of ALAF students.

The ALAF Excellence Award 2016 was presented to Cikgu Yahuda Bin Gelawat, Cikgu Siti Muti’ah Bte Ali Umar, Ustazah Yasmin Hannani Bte Hj Abd Majid and Ustazah Dk Siti Nurul Ihsan Bte Pg Mohd Sahar.

Cikgu Hjh Nur Humaira Qistina Maisarah Bte Hj Abd Rahman and Ustazah Hajah Shukrinah Bte Haji Ibrahim received the Special Mention ALAF Excellence Award 2016, while four retired ALAF Taskforce members were presented with the Special Mention ALAF Service Award 2016. In addition, all invited HEP teachers received a certificate of appreciation, in recognition of their dedication.

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More than 50 HEP teachers involved in Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s (BIBD) Advocating Life-Long Learning for An Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme recently attended an appreciation night event organised by the Bank. The event was held to recognise the contributions of ALAF Student Welfare Teachers in supporting the primary and secondary education of young underprivileged Bruneians.

Also present at the event was the Director General of Education, Yang Mulia Hj Abd Rahim bin Derus, and Director of Islamic Studies, Yang Mulia Ustazah Hajah Hajijah binti Haji Moktal, and senior leaders from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Religious Affairs and BIBD.

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Speaking after the Doa recital to bless the event, BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, who was also guest of honor, Hj Minorhadi bin Hj Mirhassan said, “Behind the success of each ALAF student is the dedication of ALAF Student Welfare teachers.”

“Together with the unwavering commitment of our teachers, BIBD will continue to support the expansion of the ALAF programme, in line with His Majesty’s Vision 2035 to develop a holistic society that is highly educated and skilled.”

Hj Minorhadi presented awards, including commemorative plaques and cash rewards, to recognise the contributions of teachers who have gone above and beyond their current responsibilities in support of ALAF students.

The ALAF Excellence Award 2016 was presented to Cikgu Yahuda Bin Gelawat, Cikgu Siti Muti’ah Bte Ali Umar, Ustazah Yasmin Hannani Bte Hj Abd Majid and Ustazah Dk Siti Nurul Ihsan Bte Pg Mohd Sahar.

Cikgu Hjh Nur Humaira Qistina Maisarah Bte Hj Abd Rahman and Ustazah Hajah Shukrinah Bte Haji Ibrahim received the Special Mention ALAF Excellence Award 2016, while four retired ALAF Taskforce members were presented with the Special Mention ALAF Service Award 2016. In addition, all invited HEP teachers received a certificate of appreciation, in recognition of their dedication.

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The Australian High Commission will deliver an information session on the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships program next week, with opportunities for fully-funded postgraduate study, research and professional development in Australia in 2017. These internationally competitive, merit-based awards, support citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional [...]

The Australian High Commission will deliver an information session on the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships program next week, with opportunities for fully-funded postgraduate study, research and professional development in Australia in 2017.

These internationally competitive, merit-based awards, support citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development programmes in Australia, and for Australians to do the same overseas.

Two recipients from Brunei have previously been awarded scholarships under this program.

The scholarships aim to develop ongoing educational, research and professional linkages between individuals and their organisations. Scholarships range in value between about BND18,000 for short term Executive Fellowships, up to about BND275,000 for full PhD Research Scholarships.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships include a range of categories.

  • Research scholarships to study a full Masters or PhD (2-4 years) at an Australian University
  • Research Fellowships for short term research (4-6 months) in Australia as part of a non-Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research program.
  • VET scholarships for vocational Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree study in Australia
  • Executive Fellowships for high achieving individuals working in government, education or other industries to undertake professional development activities in Australia.

Details of Information session (OPEN TO PUBLIC):

Venue: ILIA Lecture Theatre
Ground Floor
ILIA Building
University Brunei Darussalam
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 09.00am – 10.00am

Applications for 2017 are now open, and close on 30 June. For more information about the scholarships click here.

Contact: Josie Abdullah
Senior Business Development Manager, Brunei & Sabah, East Malaysia
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Australian High Commission, Level 6 Dar Takaful IBB, Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8
Brunei Darussalam
T +673 2 236922
F +673 2 221215
E [email protected]
www.austrade.gov.au

The Australian High Commission will deliver an information session on the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships program next week, with opportunities for fully-funded postgraduate study, research and professional development in Australia in 2017.

These internationally competitive, merit-based awards, support citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development programmes in Australia, and for Australians to do the same overseas.

Two recipients from Brunei have previously been awarded scholarships under this program.

The scholarships aim to develop ongoing educational, research and professional linkages between individuals and their organisations. Scholarships range in value between about BND18,000 for short term Executive Fellowships, up to about BND275,000 for full PhD Research Scholarships.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships include a range of categories.

  • Research scholarships to study a full Masters or PhD (2-4 years) at an Australian University
  • Research Fellowships for short term research (4-6 months) in Australia as part of a non-Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research program.
  • VET scholarships for vocational Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree study in Australia
  • Executive Fellowships for high achieving individuals working in government, education or other industries to undertake professional development activities in Australia.

Details of Information session (OPEN TO PUBLIC):

Venue: ILIA Lecture Theatre
Ground Floor
ILIA Building
University Brunei Darussalam
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 09.00am – 10.00am

Applications for 2017 are now open, and close on 30 June. For more information about the scholarships click here.

Contact: Josie Abdullah
Senior Business Development Manager, Brunei & Sabah, East Malaysia
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Australian High Commission, Level 6 Dar Takaful IBB, Jalan Pemancha, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8
Brunei Darussalam
T +673 2 236922
F +673 2 221215
E [email protected]
www.austrade.gov.au

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BIBD today celebrated students and teachers of its ALAF programme with the handing over of certificates of appreciation to the ALAF task force, and a presentation of incentive rewards to PSR students who excelled in their 2015 examination. The certificates were handed over by guest of honor, Yang Mulia Haji Minorhadi bin Haji Mirhassan, Head [...]

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BIBD today celebrated students and teachers of its ALAF programme with the handing over of certificates of appreciation to the ALAF task force, and a presentation of incentive rewards to PSR students who excelled in their 2015 examination. The certificates were handed over by guest of honor, Yang Mulia Haji Minorhadi bin Haji Mirhassan, Head of Government Relations and Special Projects.

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The event was held to appreciate the tremendous support given to the BIBD ALAF Programme by the ALAF Task Force, made up of officials from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs; in ensuring that the well-being and educational needs of the ALAF students, at primary, secondary and pre- university levels, are well taken care of.

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The collaboration has also progressed to development of beneficial activities and initiatives, such as the ALAF motivational camps, aimed to further develop a strong interest and a sense of appreciation from the students towards the ALAF programme. These activities are hoped to spur on their efforts in achieving more from their education, to provide them with the necessary skills required to prepare them for their future.

To further support the efforts of the ALAF programme, companies such as Syarikat Pustaka Remaja Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Teras Maju Sdn Bhd have come forward and contributed fourteen units of digital Al Quran as part of the HADIAH GALAKAN PSR for students who have excelled in their PSR studies.

Hjh Nurul Akmar, Deputy Head of Retail Banking at BIBD mentioned that, “Alhamdulillah, we are very happy to see the levels of support received from the NGOs for the students, in addition to the overwhelming support that was given during the Charity Expedition last year. I would like to take this opportunity to convey our sincerest gratitude to everyone for their contribution and involvement in ensuring the continued progress and development of the ALAF programme.”

To provide contributions into the BIBD ALAF fund and support the education journey of the ALAF students, members of the public may provide a minimum donation of B$1.01 into the BIBD ALAF account at 1018181811. Contribution can also be made through various BIBD channels such as the BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile, BIBD ATM and CDMs, and at BIBD branch counters. The public can also set up a BIBD Standing Instruction to ensure a monthly contribution into the ALAF fund. As an added option, BIBD account holders can also use their accumulated BIBD Hadiah Points for cash conversion into contributions into the ALAF fund account.

The ALAF programme, launched in May 2013 by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, was developed in close partnership with the Ministry of Education. This will lead to constant efforts and close collaboration between both parties to ensure the successful implementation and provision of assistance to the ALAF programme. At the same time, The ALAF programme is also supported by the Islamic Studies Department from the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Currently there are almost ninety students within the ALAF programme, with more to be included in the upcoming year.

The ALAF programme provides the selected students with provisions for school and tuition fees, educational materials and welfare, as well as mentoring and counseling amongst others. All these efforts are meant to ensure the absolute commitment of these students towards the development of their education, and prevent them from being bothered by other commitments. The ALAF programme will also continue to provide support and assistance to these students until the end of their respective educational requirements.

Through ALAF, BIBD hopes to align its support to His Majesty’s 2035 vision of obtaining a 100% level of education for everyone, which in turn is hoped to help reduce poverty. In Shaa Allah, this will lead Brunei towards a more prosperous and peaceful future, making Brunei populated with educated, highly skilful and successful individuals, in line with internationally set standards.

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BIBD today celebrated students and teachers of its ALAF programme with the handing over of certificates of appreciation to the ALAF task force, and a presentation of incentive rewards to PSR students who excelled in their 2015 examination. The certificates were handed over by guest of honor, Yang Mulia Haji Minorhadi bin Haji Mirhassan, Head of Government Relations and Special Projects.

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The event was held to appreciate the tremendous support given to the BIBD ALAF Programme by the ALAF Task Force, made up of officials from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs; in ensuring that the well-being and educational needs of the ALAF students, at primary, secondary and pre- university levels, are well taken care of.

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The collaboration has also progressed to development of beneficial activities and initiatives, such as the ALAF motivational camps, aimed to further develop a strong interest and a sense of appreciation from the students towards the ALAF programme. These activities are hoped to spur on their efforts in achieving more from their education, to provide them with the necessary skills required to prepare them for their future.

To further support the efforts of the ALAF programme, companies such as Syarikat Pustaka Remaja Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Teras Maju Sdn Bhd have come forward and contributed fourteen units of digital Al Quran as part of the HADIAH GALAKAN PSR for students who have excelled in their PSR studies.

Hjh Nurul Akmar, Deputy Head of Retail Banking at BIBD mentioned that, “Alhamdulillah, we are very happy to see the levels of support received from the NGOs for the students, in addition to the overwhelming support that was given during the Charity Expedition last year. I would like to take this opportunity to convey our sincerest gratitude to everyone for their contribution and involvement in ensuring the continued progress and development of the ALAF programme.”

To provide contributions into the BIBD ALAF fund and support the education journey of the ALAF students, members of the public may provide a minimum donation of B$1.01 into the BIBD ALAF account at 1018181811. Contribution can also be made through various BIBD channels such as the BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile, BIBD ATM and CDMs, and at BIBD branch counters. The public can also set up a BIBD Standing Instruction to ensure a monthly contribution into the ALAF fund. As an added option, BIBD account holders can also use their accumulated BIBD Hadiah Points for cash conversion into contributions into the ALAF fund account.

The ALAF programme, launched in May 2013 by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, was developed in close partnership with the Ministry of Education. This will lead to constant efforts and close collaboration between both parties to ensure the successful implementation and provision of assistance to the ALAF programme. At the same time, The ALAF programme is also supported by the Islamic Studies Department from the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Currently there are almost ninety students within the ALAF programme, with more to be included in the upcoming year.

The ALAF programme provides the selected students with provisions for school and tuition fees, educational materials and welfare, as well as mentoring and counseling amongst others. All these efforts are meant to ensure the absolute commitment of these students towards the development of their education, and prevent them from being bothered by other commitments. The ALAF programme will also continue to provide support and assistance to these students until the end of their respective educational requirements.

Through ALAF, BIBD hopes to align its support to His Majesty’s 2035 vision of obtaining a 100% level of education for everyone, which in turn is hoped to help reduce poverty. In Shaa Allah, this will lead Brunei towards a more prosperous and peaceful future, making Brunei populated with educated, highly skilful and successful individuals, in line with internationally set standards.

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More than twenty students from the ALAF (Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future) programme were treated to a visit to the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria, along with a visit to the BIBD Branch at V Plaza in Kuala Belait. The selected students, having finished their PSR exams, were accompanied by [...]

More than twenty students from the ALAF (Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future) programme were treated to a visit to the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria, along with a visit to the BIBD Branch at V Plaza in Kuala Belait. The selected students, having finished their PSR exams, were accompanied by officers from the ALAF task force. After a tour at the OGDC, the students were brought for a tour at the BIBD branch, where they were briefed on BIBD services and opportunities. Activities such as these are part of the efforts by the ALAF task force to spur on these students to study harder and spark interest in learning, so that the students are strive to pursue their goals for employment.

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The ALAF programme, launched in May 2013 by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, was developed in close partnership with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs. Through this continuous efforts and close collaboration between all parties will help to ensure the successful implementation as well as provision of assistance to the The ALAF programme provides the selected students with provisions for school and tuition fees, educational materials and welfare, as well as mentoring and counseling necessities, amongst others. All these efforts are meant to ensure the absolute commitment of these students towards the development of their education, and prevent them from being bothered by other commitments. The ALAF programme will also continue to provide support and assistance to these students until the end of their respective educational requirements.

Through ALAF, BIBD hopes to align its support to His Majesty’s 2035 vision of obtaining a 100% level of education for everyone, which in turn is hoped to help reduce poverty. In Shaa Allah, this will lead Brunei towards a more prosperous and peaceful future, making Brunei populated with educated, highly skilful and successful individuals, in line with internationally set standards.

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Apart from contributions collected during the CE, members of the public wishing to contribute into the BIBD ALAF fund may do so with a minimum donation of B$1.01 into the BIBD ALAF account at 1018181811. Contributing is further made easier as the public can utilise existing BIBD channels such as the BIBD Online website, BIBD Mobile app, BIBD ATM and CDMs, and BIBD branch counters. The public can also set up a BIBD Standing Instruction to ensure a monthly donation into the ALAF fund. As an added option, BIBD account holders can also use their accumulated BIBD Hadiah Points for cash conversion into contributions into the ALAF fund account.

More than twenty students from the ALAF (Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future) programme were treated to a visit to the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria, along with a visit to the BIBD Branch at V Plaza in Kuala Belait. The selected students, having finished their PSR exams, were accompanied by officers from the ALAF task force. After a tour at the OGDC, the students were brought for a tour at the BIBD branch, where they were briefed on BIBD services and opportunities. Activities such as these are part of the efforts by the ALAF task force to spur on these students to study harder and spark interest in learning, so that the students are strive to pursue their goals for employment.

PR086 ALAF OGDC BIBD 9.11.20152

The ALAF programme, launched in May 2013 by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, was developed in close partnership with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs. Through this continuous efforts and close collaboration between all parties will help to ensure the successful implementation as well as provision of assistance to the The ALAF programme provides the selected students with provisions for school and tuition fees, educational materials and welfare, as well as mentoring and counseling necessities, amongst others. All these efforts are meant to ensure the absolute commitment of these students towards the development of their education, and prevent them from being bothered by other commitments. The ALAF programme will also continue to provide support and assistance to these students until the end of their respective educational requirements.

Through ALAF, BIBD hopes to align its support to His Majesty’s 2035 vision of obtaining a 100% level of education for everyone, which in turn is hoped to help reduce poverty. In Shaa Allah, this will lead Brunei towards a more prosperous and peaceful future, making Brunei populated with educated, highly skilful and successful individuals, in line with internationally set standards.

PR086 ALAF OGDC BIBD 9.11.2015

Apart from contributions collected during the CE, members of the public wishing to contribute into the BIBD ALAF fund may do so with a minimum donation of B$1.01 into the BIBD ALAF account at 1018181811. Contributing is further made easier as the public can utilise existing BIBD channels such as the BIBD Online website, BIBD Mobile app, BIBD ATM and CDMs, and BIBD branch counters. The public can also set up a BIBD Standing Instruction to ensure a monthly donation into the ALAF fund. As an added option, BIBD account holders can also use their accumulated BIBD Hadiah Points for cash conversion into contributions into the ALAF fund account.

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The prestigious Chevening Scholarship Award for study in academic year 2014/2015, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is currently open for applications from Brunei. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam are invited to apply, in order to pursue a one-year taught Masters qualification in the UK. British High Commissioner, H.E David [...]

The prestigious Chevening Scholarship Award for study in academic year 2014/2015, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is currently open for applications from Brunei. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam are invited to apply, in order to pursue a one-year taught Masters qualification in the UK.

British High Commissioner, H.E David Campbell said: “With 15th November the closing date for this year’s applications, we hope qualified Bruneians will apply for this unique scholarship award to further their studies and careers. Many thousands of people, from all around the world, have found this to be a life changing experience.”

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the FCO and partner organisations. The programme provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK.

Chevening scholarships focus on a broad range of fields and disciplines, in line with the socio-economic development of Brunei, particularly (but not limited to): Islamic Finance; Contemporary Islamic Studies; Defence and Security; Civil Society and Human Rights; Community Development; Sports Development/Management and Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

The ideal candidate would be in their early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievements which showed evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning and contributing to Brunei’s social and economic development by utilising skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

The FCO makes the final decision on applications for Chevening Scholarships. Candidates are assessed on academic merit; referees’ letters; proposed area of study and future career – in line with FCO priority areas; leadership potential and potential to further strengthen the UK-Brunei bilateral relationship.

To date, 43 Bruneians have been awarded the Chevening Scholarship, many of whom have gone on to secure high level jobs in the public and private sector and are active members of the Chevening Alumni.

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Siti Nurfateha Abdullah, recipient of the 2014/2015 Chevening Scholarship who is currently studying for a Master’s in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London said, “I would like to thank the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for giving me the opportunity to learn more about myself and the world through a unique lens. To anyone thinking of furthering their Masters and have a knack for networking with people you can talk about serious issues with: Apply! I have only been here for five weeks and it has been the most eye-opening and fulfilling five weeks I have ever gone through.”

Siti Nurfateha added, “The second you are a Chevening scholar, you are automatically a part of a vast network of unique individuals. Through social media, I quickly made friends with people who have a strong interest in social justice and gender issues. We chatted over things we plan to do, places we have to go, and resources available to us in London before we even received our plane ticket to the city. When the time came to meet them, being friends with other Chevening scholars felt almost natural, like I’ve known them for a really long time or that I’ve found people I can talk issues I have always been concerned with easily. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you identify with or what your beliefs are—being a Chevening scholar means being under an umbrella where the general consensus is to make the world a better place, whether you are an activist, a policy maker, poet, engineer, or doctor.”

(L–R) Siti Nurfateha, Sofija from Macedonia, Fatma from Yemen and Retta from Indonesia, all Chevening Scholars at Goldsmiths

(L–R) Siti Nurfateha, Sofija from Macedonia, Fatma from Yemen and Retta from Indonesia, all Chevening Scholars at Goldsmiths

All those interested in applying for 2014/2015 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find out more information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about application and candidate guidance, as well as see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is Saturday 15 November 2014 at 2359 UK time.

The prestigious Chevening Scholarship Award for study in academic year 2014/2015, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is currently open for applications from Brunei. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam are invited to apply, in order to pursue a one-year taught Masters qualification in the UK.

British High Commissioner, H.E David Campbell said: “With 15th November the closing date for this year’s applications, we hope qualified Bruneians will apply for this unique scholarship award to further their studies and careers. Many thousands of people, from all around the world, have found this to be a life changing experience.”

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the FCO and partner organisations. The programme provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK.

Chevening scholarships focus on a broad range of fields and disciplines, in line with the socio-economic development of Brunei, particularly (but not limited to): Islamic Finance; Contemporary Islamic Studies; Defence and Security; Civil Society and Human Rights; Community Development; Sports Development/Management and Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

The ideal candidate would be in their early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievements which showed evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning and contributing to Brunei’s social and economic development by utilising skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

The FCO makes the final decision on applications for Chevening Scholarships. Candidates are assessed on academic merit; referees’ letters; proposed area of study and future career – in line with FCO priority areas; leadership potential and potential to further strengthen the UK-Brunei bilateral relationship.

To date, 43 Bruneians have been awarded the Chevening Scholarship, many of whom have gone on to secure high level jobs in the public and private sector and are active members of the Chevening Alumni.

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Siti Nurfateha Abdullah, recipient of the 2014/2015 Chevening Scholarship who is currently studying for a Master’s in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London said, “I would like to thank the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for giving me the opportunity to learn more about myself and the world through a unique lens. To anyone thinking of furthering their Masters and have a knack for networking with people you can talk about serious issues with: Apply! I have only been here for five weeks and it has been the most eye-opening and fulfilling five weeks I have ever gone through.”

Siti Nurfateha added, “The second you are a Chevening scholar, you are automatically a part of a vast network of unique individuals. Through social media, I quickly made friends with people who have a strong interest in social justice and gender issues. We chatted over things we plan to do, places we have to go, and resources available to us in London before we even received our plane ticket to the city. When the time came to meet them, being friends with other Chevening scholars felt almost natural, like I’ve known them for a really long time or that I’ve found people I can talk issues I have always been concerned with easily. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you identify with or what your beliefs are—being a Chevening scholar means being under an umbrella where the general consensus is to make the world a better place, whether you are an activist, a policy maker, poet, engineer, or doctor.”

(L–R) Siti Nurfateha, Sofija from Macedonia, Fatma from Yemen and Retta from Indonesia, all Chevening Scholars at Goldsmiths

(L–R) Siti Nurfateha, Sofija from Macedonia, Fatma from Yemen and Retta from Indonesia, all Chevening Scholars at Goldsmiths

All those interested in applying for 2014/2015 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find out more information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about application and candidate guidance, as well as see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is Saturday 15 November 2014 at 2359 UK time.

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On Monday 15 September 2014, the British High Commission hosted a farewell reception for Siti Nurfateha Abdullah who has been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2014–2015 session and will be pursuing her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom this month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner [...]

On Monday 15 September 2014, the British High Commission hosted a farewell reception for Siti Nurfateha Abdullah who has been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2014–2015 session and will be pursuing her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom this month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei.

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and her family

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and her family

Siti Nurfateha Abdullah will be pursuing a Masters in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London. Employed as a Research Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office, Nurfateha selected Goldsmiths as its Anthropology Department is voted among the best in the UK.

Nurfateha, who is also the co-founder of the non-profit organisation Bruneians:Read and webzine Songket Alliance, said

“Goldsmiths’ Anthropology Department takes a critical view of developed countries’ approach to development. Therefore, discussions and classes will be stimulating as it does not view any one philosophy as absolute, but also takes into consideration societal differences.

Goldsmiths advocates an ethnographic approach to learning about society and basic human rights like education, women’s and children issues, and healthcare. This approach is useful to keep in mind as I will be able to apply what I’ll be learning to Brunei without forgetting its policies, culture and philosophy.

Having previously taken my Bachelor’s Degree at the National University of Singapore, going to the UK will be my first direct exposure to the British education system.

Being awarded the Chevening scholarship was unexpected. I’ve looked up to and been in awe of some of the previous Brunei recipients of the scholarship, so I’m honoured to be a part of that line-up. I’m really looking forward to networking with scholars from other countries’ too! I hope to come back to Brunei bursting with ideas for my work at the Prime Minister’s Office and projects I’m a part of.”

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and Brunei Chevening Alumni

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and Brunei Chevening Alumni

The British High Commissioner Mr David Campbell, said:

“I congratulate Siti Nurfateha Abdullah on joining our long list of prestigious Bruneian Chevening scholars. 2014 marks not only Brunei’s 30th Anniversary of Independence, but also the 30th anniversary of the British Government’s Chevening Programme. Thirty years of scholarships around the world have created an influential global network of more than 43,000 Chevening alumni in over 150 countries.”

Applications for the 2015/16 Chevening Scholarships are currently open for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievements which show evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning and contributing to Brunei’s social and economic development by utilising skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for 2014/2015 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find out more information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about application and candidate guidance, as well as see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is Saturday 15 November 2014.

On Monday 15 September 2014, the British High Commission hosted a farewell reception for Siti Nurfateha Abdullah who has been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2014–2015 session and will be pursuing her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom this month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei.

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and her family

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and her family

Siti Nurfateha Abdullah will be pursuing a Masters in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London. Employed as a Research Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office, Nurfateha selected Goldsmiths as its Anthropology Department is voted among the best in the UK.

Nurfateha, who is also the co-founder of the non-profit organisation Bruneians:Read and webzine Songket Alliance, said

“Goldsmiths’ Anthropology Department takes a critical view of developed countries’ approach to development. Therefore, discussions and classes will be stimulating as it does not view any one philosophy as absolute, but also takes into consideration societal differences.

Goldsmiths advocates an ethnographic approach to learning about society and basic human rights like education, women’s and children issues, and healthcare. This approach is useful to keep in mind as I will be able to apply what I’ll be learning to Brunei without forgetting its policies, culture and philosophy.

Having previously taken my Bachelor’s Degree at the National University of Singapore, going to the UK will be my first direct exposure to the British education system.

Being awarded the Chevening scholarship was unexpected. I’ve looked up to and been in awe of some of the previous Brunei recipients of the scholarship, so I’m honoured to be a part of that line-up. I’m really looking forward to networking with scholars from other countries’ too! I hope to come back to Brunei bursting with ideas for my work at the Prime Minister’s Office and projects I’m a part of.”

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and Brunei Chevening Alumni

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and Brunei Chevening Alumni

The British High Commissioner Mr David Campbell, said:

“I congratulate Siti Nurfateha Abdullah on joining our long list of prestigious Bruneian Chevening scholars. 2014 marks not only Brunei’s 30th Anniversary of Independence, but also the 30th anniversary of the British Government’s Chevening Programme. Thirty years of scholarships around the world have created an influential global network of more than 43,000 Chevening alumni in over 150 countries.”

Applications for the 2015/16 Chevening Scholarships are currently open for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievements which show evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning and contributing to Brunei’s social and economic development by utilising skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for 2014/2015 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find out more information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about application and candidate guidance, as well as see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is Saturday 15 November 2014.

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Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a one-year Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities, and are awarded to outstanding established or emerging leaders across a wide range of fields including [...]

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Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a one-year Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities, and are awarded to outstanding established or emerging leaders across a wide range of fields including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK.

Chevening Scholars come from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support over 600 individuals. There are over 42,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

There are currently 44 Bruneian Chevening Alumni including yours truly. Last year there were two Chevening Scholars from Brunei, namely Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Hj Muhammad Kassim, and this year we will be sending one Chevening Scholar, Nurliyana Fatin Arifin to study at King’s College London. Here’s my Chevening experience.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at www.chevening.org. Applicants should read the online guidance and demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of priority subject areas for Brunei are available on the Brunei country page at www.chevening.org/brunei. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 November 2013.

Chevening 30 Years

Chevening Poster

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a one-year Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities, and are awarded to outstanding established or emerging leaders across a wide range of fields including politics, government, business, the media, the environment, civil society, religion, and academia.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic or commercial partnerships with the UK.

Chevening Scholars come from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support over 600 individuals. There are over 42,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

There are currently 44 Bruneian Chevening Alumni including yours truly. Last year there were two Chevening Scholars from Brunei, namely Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Hj Muhammad Kassim, and this year we will be sending one Chevening Scholar, Nurliyana Fatin Arifin to study at King’s College London. Here’s my Chevening experience.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at www.chevening.org. Applicants should read the online guidance and demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of priority subject areas for Brunei are available on the Brunei country page at www.chevening.org/brunei. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 November 2013.

Chevening 30 Years

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(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart [...]

(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race
(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race

On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart of central London with its route passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club, runners passed the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012, two weeks prior to The British 10k London Run in Diamond Jubilee Olympic year with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner as backdrop.

Runners also passed The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the world’s most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall (the portal of British Government) at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street  (the official London residence of British Prime Ministers) and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Nor Ali and Matiin ran the British 10K, alongside two other Chevening scholars Ruth Garnet Maran and Francisco Borquez Electorat, for a charity called ‘SOS Children: Sponsor a Child’, a UK based charity aimed at looking after and caring for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease or poverty.

Nor Ali said, “Participating in the British 10K London Run was truly an amazing experience! As an avid marathon runner myself, I feel blessed to be a part of this prestigious event, as well as fortunate to be able to run for the very first time across one of the world’s greatest route through the heart of the City of Westminster and the City of London. Despite the summer heat and the challenge of running alongside 30,000 runners, it still felt great knowing that we were raising funds for the benefit of SOS Children together in a team. It really made it a worthwhile experience for me and for three other Chevening scholars. I’m definitely going to cherish these moments, and I’m glad that I was able to use my time here to help SOS Children make a bigger difference in the lives of underprivileged children under their care.”

Our two boys running
Our two boys running

Matiin said, “’The British 10K experience was rewarding and exhilarating! The run is a popular summer event held in the beautiful city of London. Our Chevening team was lucky enough to be a part of this and why I say this is rewarding for me is because it gave me the chance to be run for a charitable cause: the SOS Children Charity which supports  children in need through education and improving their livelihoods. I ran alongside my fellow Chevening scholar, Norali, and two other Chevening scholars. We started our run at the Wellington Arch, passed the Piccadilly area, along the Embankment and River Thames overlooking the London eye and making a u-turn to the Parliament Building and Westminster Abbey to the finishing line! Overall, a great running experience with glimpses of the stunning London monuments and landmarks along the way.”

(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race
(L – R) Ruth Garnet Maran, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, Abdul Matiin Kasim and Francisco Borquez Electorat after finishing the race

On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart of central London with its route passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards & Calvary Club, runners passed the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth 11 in June 2012, two weeks prior to The British 10k London Run in Diamond Jubilee Olympic year with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner as backdrop.

Runners also passed The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, the unique London Eye, the world’s most famous clock Big Ben, the British Houses of Parliament, the historic Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall (the portal of British Government) at the junction of Royal Horse Guards and Banqueting House after passing Downing Street  (the official London residence of British Prime Ministers) and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Nor Ali and Matiin ran the British 10K, alongside two other Chevening scholars Ruth Garnet Maran and Francisco Borquez Electorat, for a charity called ‘SOS Children: Sponsor a Child’, a UK based charity aimed at looking after and caring for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease or poverty.

Nor Ali said, “Participating in the British 10K London Run was truly an amazing experience! As an avid marathon runner myself, I feel blessed to be a part of this prestigious event, as well as fortunate to be able to run for the very first time across one of the world’s greatest route through the heart of the City of Westminster and the City of London. Despite the summer heat and the challenge of running alongside 30,000 runners, it still felt great knowing that we were raising funds for the benefit of SOS Children together in a team. It really made it a worthwhile experience for me and for three other Chevening scholars. I’m definitely going to cherish these moments, and I’m glad that I was able to use my time here to help SOS Children make a bigger difference in the lives of underprivileged children under their care.”

Our two boys running
Our two boys running

Matiin said, “’The British 10K experience was rewarding and exhilarating! The run is a popular summer event held in the beautiful city of London. Our Chevening team was lucky enough to be a part of this and why I say this is rewarding for me is because it gave me the chance to be run for a charitable cause: the SOS Children Charity which supports  children in need through education and improving their livelihoods. I ran alongside my fellow Chevening scholar, Norali, and two other Chevening scholars. We started our run at the Wellington Arch, passed the Piccadilly area, along the Embankment and River Thames overlooking the London eye and making a u-turn to the Parliament Building and Westminster Abbey to the finishing line! Overall, a great running experience with glimpses of the stunning London monuments and landmarks along the way.”

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