Top students close to their ambition

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THREE of the nation’s top students are set to embark on a promising journey in academia after they inked contracts as recipients of the highly competitive Sultan’s Scholar yesterday.

Having passed the stringent selection process to become a Sultan’s Scholar, Rasyiqah Azimah Muhd Nuraiziz is now one step closer to turning her ambitions into reality as she prepares to take up an MSci in Natural Sciences at the University College London (UCL) in London, United Kingdom.

Through her four-year degree programme, she will focus on the study of genetics, evolution and environment with hopes of reducing the rate of cancer in the sultanate. “The number one killer in our country is cancer. I was told it is mainly due to genetics, so I’m trying to help reduce the risk. When I come back to Brunei, I hope that what I’ve learned from my course can be contributed back to the country,” she said.

The 18-year-old, who was a student at Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, advised aspiring Sultan’s Scholar candidates to work hard, study smart and achieve their dreams.

For Liyana Bazilah Hj Jamain, all her hard work and effort continued to pay off as she was granted the prestigious scholarship for the second time to pursue an MA in Comparative Economics and Policy at her alma mater, UCL.

“I will learn more about economics, because Brunei is still a developing economy. Like every other graduate, I want to contribute to Brunei’s Vision 2035,” said the 22-year-old. During the signing ceremony, she was also awarded with a cheque of $15,000 as an incentive from Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) for graduating with first class in BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics from UCL. She attributed her recent success to hard work and the continued support of her parents, who placed great importance on achieving excellence in school.

“After my master’s, I want to work first before considering a PhD. My advice to others is: believe in yourself and never give up. If you feel like failing, that’s just another opportunity to rise again. Failure is never failure unless you give up,” she said.

Meanwhile, Muniratussafiah Hj Johar is keen to promote study of the Quran when she completes her degree in Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal Qiraat at Mahad Qiraat, Shoubra, Al-Azhar in Egypt. “It’s a field that is currently underexposed in Brunei, so I feel a sense of responsibility to promote Qiraat in our country. For me, success is achieved by focusing on my intentions and targets. The prayers of my parents are also important,” said the 20-year-old.

She was previously a student at Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah prior to attaining a Diploma in Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal Qiraat from Malaysia’s Darul Quran, JAKIM.

The scholarship contracts were signed at the YSHHB Complex by the recipients and their respective parents as guarantors, as well as YSHHB Managing Director Hj Brahim Hj Ismail and YSHHB Assistant Managing Director Hjh Donnaliza Abdullah Puasa.

In his remarks, Hj Brahim congratulated this year’s scholarship recipients and reminded them to attain success towards contributing to Brunei’s development.

Since the scheme was launched in 2006, a total of 38 students were granted the Sultan’s Scholar under the purview of YSHHB. The scholarship is awarded to the best and brightest Bruneians who are poised to become the nation’s future leaders.

The Brunei Times