‘Bruneians studying in UK prefer business, engineering courses’

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ENGINEERING and business courses still remain the top ‘strong’ undergraduate programmes preferred amongst Bruneian students, said the British High Commissioner to Brunei yesterday.

In an interview with the media during the Education UK exhibition held at The Empire Hotel and Country Club, David Campbell said there has been growing interest amongst Bruneian students looking to study in the United Kingdom in degree programmes like engineering and finance related courses.

He said the British High Commission has also seen an expansion in subjects studied in the entrepreneurship and creative arts area, adding that the UK offers a wide range of courses for Bruneians to choose from.

“We’ve seen over the years a broadening of interest as young people and families have identified different opportunities in different areas, but clusters in business and engineering have always been the strongest sectors as they are very much linked to what people see as specific job opportunities,” he said.

Campbell said the exhibition hoped to serve as a ‘one-stop-shop for future scholars and their families’ where interested students can speak with experts for guidance on scholarship application procedures, studies and life in the UK.

Forty British universities and colleges participated at the exhibition, offering interested students advice on courses, fees and accommodation options.

Experts from the Ministry of Education, including the Scholarship Unit and the National Accreditation Council, were also present to guide students on scholarship application procedures.

As part of the exhibition, British university representatives were also on hand to share tips on writing personal statements, how to choose courses and studying law in the UK.

Delivering a talk on ‘How to Write a Great Personal Statement’ was University of East Anglia representative Pete Ryan who touched on what students must avoid when writing personal statements.

He said the common mistakes applicants make when writing up their personal statements is having a boring introduction and trying to make too many points.

“Instead of listing so many good things about yourself, show it,” he said, adding that students should also demonstrate how they would fit in at the university they are applying to.

“Explain one or two things about the university that make it the best one for you. Make sure that you are not writing only the general things that can be true for any university, and tell why you want to study the course you picked,” he said.

Over 2,000 students registered for the exhibition, including O level students.

A teacher from St James School, Kevin Peralta, who was seen leading more than 10 Year 11 students, said ‘it is never too early to plan your academic future’.

Peralta said students in high-school should be encouraged to attend education exhibitions so they will have an idea about what area they want to study in for pursuing a career.

“I tell my students to focus on their strengths. If you don’t know what you want yet, explore your strengths. If you like maths, see what courses that are closely linked to maths you can take up,” he said.

The Brunei Times