More UBD students eye South Korea for Discovery Year

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MORE students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) are choosing South Korea to do their Discovery Year programme.

Figures from 2011 to 2014 show a more than 75 per cent increase in the number of students preferring the East Asian nation.

According to figures from UBD, the top three popular destinations for the Discovery Year programme are Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia.

When it was launched in 2011, only 27 Bruneian students registered under the programme as outbound students to South Korea, while the number rose more than threefold to 82 in 2012.

Kwon Mi-yeon, First Secretary at the Korean Embassy in Brunei, told The Brunei Times yesterday during the orientation for UBD Discovery Year students that the Discovery Year programme seeks to offer UBD students first-hand experience outside of the university to get to know Korean people.

She said it is the Korean Embassy’s role to assist Bruneian students who are set to undergo the programme in South Korea to prevent them from experiencing ‘culture shock’ and better prepare them with knowledge on South Korean culture.

The programme saw 100 and 126 UBD students going to South Korea in 2013 and 2014 respectively, while there are no figures available yet for 2015 and 2016.

The orientation held by the South Korean embassy was attended by more than 50 students who will be departing on February 22.

Students embarking on the programme will engage in two semesters of Discovery Year activities accumulating 32 modular credits.

Five broad choices are available for students during their Discovery Year – Study Abroad, Student Exchange, Community Outreach Programme, Incubation and Internship.

Each Discovery Year programme entails different activities requiring students to explore different programmes in line with their pursuance of interest.

Students who wish to go abroad for their Discovery Year with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 over three semesters would be entitled to a monthly subsistence allowance and travel allowance for the duration of their overseas stay.

Mi-yeon said she hopes the programme can further strengthen ties between Brunei and South Korea.

Also present yesterday to share their experiences were former students of the Discovery Year programme who had gone to South Korea last year.

In their presentation, they shared tips and offered advice to the students.

The Brunei Times