ITB attracts more foreign scholars
MORE international students under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s scholarship programme have enrolled at Institut Teknologi Brunei this year, said its dean of student affairs.
Speaking to The Brunei Times at ITB’s International Day ceremony yesterday, Joffry Hj Bungsu said there are 11 new international students for the August 2015 intake, up from only seven last year.
He said the increase not only reflects the university’s notable position in the QS World University Rankings but also gives more foreign students an opportunity to build closer relationships with the people and communities in Brunei Darussalam.
Joffry said the increase in foreign students and their exposure to Brunei will help raise ITB’s position in the QS rankings and enable it to be benchmarked with other higher learning institutions in the world.
ITB is currently focusing on accrediting its programmes for quality assurance.
Zumbi Divine Ngocho, a student from Cameroon who is currently studying at ITB, said Brunei was his ideal choice for furthering his studies.
The Civil and Structural Engineering major said it has always been his personal goal to get a scholarship to study in the sultanate.
“It’s a hands-on major in which students like myself can work on a variety of designs and building projects. We get to learn to design and build the structures and infrastructure that allow an advanced society to function smoothly, and because of the important work they do, civil engineering graduates are always in great demand in my country,” he said.
Fellow classmate from Mauritius, Yeshan Shibchurn, who is also under the MoFAT scholarship, said Brunei was one of his top three destinations for studying structural engineering.
He said one of the highlights for foreigners studying in Brunei is being given the opportunity to showcase their culture and country at events such as the International Day ceremony.
“People here remind me of home. They are very welcoming and open to learning other countries’ cultures… Bruneians are very warm,” said the second year student.
Yesterday’s event also featured a mini exhibition of booths showcasing traditional food products, national dresses and handicrafts from more than 17 countries.
It also aimed to encourage ITB students to engage in meaningful activities together which would foster good relationships and integration amongst them.
The Brunei Times