BAJA plans to promote Brunei’s culture at conference

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE president of the Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) said recently that they plan to promote Brunei’s culture and identity to their international peers and colleagues when they host an ASEAN-related conference next year in the sultanate.

Dr Chin Wei Keh said BAJA has recorded a number of achievements in promoting education and culture since its establishment such as coordinating the annual awarding of ASJA-MEXT scholarships to three Bruneians. The scholarships are offered by Asia Japan Alumni International and Japan’s Ministry of Education Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

BAJA has also been coordinating cultural activities such as the National Institution for Youth Education (NIYE) programmes and the Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA) programmes.

“These programmes expose Bruneian students to Japanese culture together with their peers from ASEAN countries. Last year, two International School Brunei (ISB) students joined the TYCA programme while six ISB students joined the NIYE,” Dr Chin said.

However, Dr Chin said their future direction is to now show BAJA’s leadership capabilities in the international arena, such as in ASEAN.

BAJA will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and as part of marking the anniversary, it will be hosting the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) conference next year in Brunei, he said.

“We, BAJA, haven’t been really strong in the international arena, and hosting this conference will be the next step for us. It’s about time for us to take this leadership role and show what Bruneians are about,” he said.

“We want to expose our ASEAN counterparts to what Brunei is about in terms of culture. The conference is also a platform for us to exchange educational skills and knowledge, and this is very important,” he added.

The Brunei Times