More Bruneians mull loans for studying abroad

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE students are considering taking on student loans to fund their education abroad.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday on the sidelines of Education UK Exhibition 2016 at the Empire Hotel and Country Club, Dk Nursyarah Waznah Pg Hj Suhaili, a final year A level student from Meragang Sixth Form Centre (PTEM), said she will consider applying for a student loan if she fails to get a scholarship under the Ministry of Education (MoE).

“I’ve always had a fascination with the culinary arts. I’m going to try and get a scholarship. Hopefully, I’ll get it. But if I don’t, then I’ll have to opt for a student loan to pursue my studies overseas. Getting a government scholarship isn’t as easy as it used to be. We have to compete with the best students, and the best students compete with the better ones.”

Adib Hj Sazali, an Information Technology graduate from Laksamana College of Business (LCB) who was seeking academic advice at the University of Sussex’s booth, said he is looking to continue his undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom. He said it has always been his dream to study abroad and he would like the opportunity to further his studies outside of Brunei.

“I’ve already made up my mind to take on a student loan under the Education Ministry’s scheme. The loan will be able to help cover my course fees and expenses abroad,” he said.

He said the loan would allow students who have financial limitations to be able to continue their studies overseas.

Mohd Azyzul Azman, who recently graduated from Politeknik Brunei, also has plans to apply for a student loan under the MoE loan scheme, which was introduced in August 2014 in a bid to help students pursue higher education locally or overseas.

He said he couldn’t score enough credits in his A levels, a requirement that was needed to advance to do post-graduate courses, so he opted to do his studies at Politeknik Brunei. Having completed his Advanced Diploma in Business Marketing last year, he said he is ‘exploring his options’.

“I’m waiting for the university to get back to me with the cost and everything. Then I’ll either get a loan from the MoE or the bank.

“If I do my degree in Brunei, it will take me three to four years to graduate. If I take a loan and go overseas, it will take two years.”

The Brunei Times