Strengthen ties by registering with embassy, Brunei Alumni told

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEIAN Alumni from Australian Universities were asked to register with the Australian High Commission yesterday to maintain strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

“We like to keep the alumni close and in contact. Education is one of the best ways to promote or to establish people to people (relationships) so we want to keep that alive (as they are a) good resource for bilateral relations,” said Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Todd Mercer during an interview at the sidelines of the first Brunei-Australia Alumni Sungkai Event held at The Rizqun International Hotel.

According to Public Affairs Officer Natasha Agaki, about 370 alumni are currently registered in the Australian High Commission.

During the high commissioner’s opening remarks, he announced the “Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy” a new strategy developed by the Australian Government to reach out and invite the global alumni community to connect and engage with Australia.

“We have a very big international student cohort in Australia and over time that has built up.

This is a strategy that the Australian government has set up to maintain our tie that we’ve develop with international students studying in Australia (over the years),” said Todd Mercer.

He added that in the case of Brunei, more effort will be done to reconnect with alumni that have not yet registered with the high commission.

The sungkai event as part of this continuous effort to strengthen the alumni network in Brunei and to encourage more youths to pursue their studies in Australia saw about 100 guests consisting of Brunei-Australian Alumni and their families.

The event brought together graduates from a number of prestigious Australian institutions such as the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Melbourne and University of Queensland (UQ).

According to a press release, around 400 Bruneian tertiary students are currently studying in Australia with more taking short professional courses. Australia remains a popular destination for Bruneians to pursue further education.

Alumni who would like to register with the Australian high Commission can visit their website at austhicom.brunei@dfat.gov.au

The Brunei Times