MoE employee gets China scholarship

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MINISTRY of Education (MoE) employee became the first Bruneian to receive a scholarship from China’s Ministry of Commerce to pursue a doctorate degree at Xiamen University in Fujian Province.

Juliet Hoh Chui Suan, a project manager at MoE’s Curriculum Development Department, is enrolled in the Higher Education programme, which will be taught in English.

Speaking prior to leaving at the Brunei International Airport yesterday, Hoh said she is planning to earn her PhD in three years even though it is a four-year programme.

Asked how she was selected for the fully-funded scholarship, Hoh said she applied for it in June 2015 after its announcement was published in a newspaper.

A month later, she received a letter stating that her application had been approved. She only embarked on her studies this year as she had to make some preparations after getting the scholarship.

“I would like to learn more about teaching and learning activities which can be beneficial for Brunei,” she said, adding that she wants to study and compare higher education in Brunei and China.

She said there are about 2,000 higher education institutions in China, and Xiamen University is ranked 15th in the country.

The scholarship covers tuition, on-campus accommodation, a stipend, medical insurance and one-time round-trip air tickets. This year, the scholarship will have about 300 openings for applications. More information can be obtained from the website of the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Chinese Embassy at http://bn2.mofcom.gov.cn.

The Brunei Times