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The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field MP visited the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of modern Islamic architecture in Southeast Asia. Minister Field was received by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji [...]

The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field MP visited the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of modern Islamic architecture in Southeast Asia. Minister Field was received by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Acting Minister of Religious Affairs and Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof. Accompanying Minister Field was the British High Commissioner, H.E. Richard Lindsay. Also present during the visit were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religion) Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, and senior officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Following a tour of the Mosque, both Ministers met to discuss shared values and religious understanding. Minister Field was interested to hear about the arrangements taking place for Eid al-Adha in Brunei, and noted how many of his constituents in London were also busy planning for the festival. Minister Field was taken on a tour of the main prayer hall by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom and visited the Abdul Aziz Library and had the opportunity to view some of His Majesty’s personal collection of Qur‘an manuscripts and scriptures.

The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Field MP visited the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of modern Islamic architecture in Southeast Asia. Minister Field was received by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, the Acting Minister of Religious Affairs and Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof. Accompanying Minister Field was the British High Commissioner, H.E. Richard Lindsay. Also present during the visit were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religion) Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang, and senior officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Following a tour of the Mosque, both Ministers met to discuss shared values and religious understanding. Minister Field was interested to hear about the arrangements taking place for Eid al-Adha in Brunei, and noted how many of his constituents in London were also busy planning for the festival. Minister Field was taken on a tour of the main prayer hall by Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom and visited the Abdul Aziz Library and had the opportunity to view some of His Majesty’s personal collection of Qur‘an manuscripts and scriptures.

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On Tuesday 11 February 2014, the school level winners of the BUBA Awards presented their business plan ideas at the British High Commission today in front of a panel of four judges in a Dragons’ Den style session. The theme for the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards is ‘Entrepreneurship.’ Seven sixth form schools took part in the [...]

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On Tuesday 11 February 2014, the school level winners of the BUBA Awards presented their business plan ideas at the British High Commission today in front of a panel of four judges in a Dragons’ Den style session. The theme for the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards is ‘Entrepreneurship.’ Seven sixth form schools took part in the 2014 BUBA Awards Competition, namely, 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.

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The Dragons’ Den judging panel consisted of Deputy British High Commissioner Sunny Ahmed, BUBA Chairman Lee Wildman, iCentre advisor Stuart Kemp and BEDB representative Daniel Leong. The students who presented their business plans to the ‘Dragons’ were all first place winners at their individual schools. (Please see ‘Note to editor/s’ for the name of the business plans of school level winners).

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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.”

Stuart Kemp was also very impressed with the quality of presentations of business ideas generated in the BUBA Awards. He said “Each of the finalists is a credit to their colleges, their parents and to themselves. I look forward to seeing some of their ideas become business in the future.”

The 2012/13 BUBA Awards, which were based around research on the theme of ‘Knowledge Economy and Brunei’, were considered a great success, receiving numerous entries across the seven participating schools, culminating in a ceremony in February 2013 where Sachin Murugan of International School Brunei was crowned the winner of the inaugural BUBA Awards.

Following the success of the 2012 awards the BUBA membership discussed themes for 2013 during the board meeting in February 2013. We wanted to change the focus of the awards in 2013 from being a research led piece of work to something which allows the students to take forward their own ideas and inspiration. Given that entrepreneurship is part of the Brunei 2035 vision, and often plays a part in UK universities degree programmes and career development initiatives these days, we thought that this would be the perfect platform from which students have the freedom to develop their own ideas and increase their independent thinking and learning.

The national winner/s of the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards Competition will be announced at a prize presentation event taking place on Wednesday 12 February, in the evening at Indera Samudra Grand Hall 4 at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

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On Tuesday 11 February 2014, the school level winners of the BUBA Awards presented their business plan ideas at the British High Commission today in front of a panel of four judges in a Dragons’ Den style session. The theme for the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards is ‘Entrepreneurship.’ Seven sixth form schools took part in the 2014 BUBA Awards Competition, namely, 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.

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The Dragons’ Den judging panel consisted of Deputy British High Commissioner Sunny Ahmed, BUBA Chairman Lee Wildman, iCentre advisor Stuart Kemp and BEDB representative Daniel Leong. The students who presented their business plans to the ‘Dragons’ were all first place winners at their individual schools. (Please see ‘Note to editor/s’ for the name of the business plans of school level winners).

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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.”

Stuart Kemp was also very impressed with the quality of presentations of business ideas generated in the BUBA Awards. He said “Each of the finalists is a credit to their colleges, their parents and to themselves. I look forward to seeing some of their ideas become business in the future.”

The 2012/13 BUBA Awards, which were based around research on the theme of ‘Knowledge Economy and Brunei’, were considered a great success, receiving numerous entries across the seven participating schools, culminating in a ceremony in February 2013 where Sachin Murugan of International School Brunei was crowned the winner of the inaugural BUBA Awards.

Following the success of the 2012 awards the BUBA membership discussed themes for 2013 during the board meeting in February 2013. We wanted to change the focus of the awards in 2013 from being a research led piece of work to something which allows the students to take forward their own ideas and inspiration. Given that entrepreneurship is part of the Brunei 2035 vision, and often plays a part in UK universities degree programmes and career development initiatives these days, we thought that this would be the perfect platform from which students have the freedom to develop their own ideas and increase their independent thinking and learning.

The national winner/s of the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards Competition will be announced at a prize presentation event taking place on Wednesday 12 February, in the evening at Indera Samudra Grand Hall 4 at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

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