Students advised to plan ahead, take risks

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UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students were yesterday told to plan ahead and be more daring in grabbing opportunities.

The advice was part of motivational talks also open to the public at the university’s student centre in conjunction with its sixth Islam Aspiration Week, an annual event aimed at disseminating Islamic knowledge to youths in Brunei.

Bruneians should see the economic slowdown as an opportunity to branch out into ‘new areas’, said one of the speakers, Muhammad Nuriskandar Md Hasnan, an arts PhD student at UBD.

“Brunei’s population is largely made up of young people, and we are the stronger voice of this country. I believe that this talk can help inspire youth (by) giving them ideas on what (they) can do to contribute back to our country.

“To contribute to the (nation’s) socioeconomic (development), prosperity and people’s well being, we should educate future generations as they are the agents of change,” he said.

Youth should work together in overcoming the economic challenges that Brunei is currently facing, said Muhammad Nuriskandar, who is also president of the UBD Guild of Graduates, a professional body that caters to the needs of the university by getting all its former graduates to give back to the institution.

The guild also looks to create unity amongst its students and alumni and at the same time provide leadership and new opportunities for alumni.

Organised by the Executive of Religious and Spirituality clubs, the week-long event also aims to create more awareness on Islam and the roles of Muslims in society.

Present as the guest of honour was Ustazah Dk Siti Norainul Fathni Pg Hj Tajuddin, a religious officer from UBD’s Student Affairs Section.

Islam Aspiration Week is open to the public from 8.30am to 4.30pm and will conclude on Sunday.The Brunei Times