Two GKS scholars to leave soon for Korea

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TWO local students who were recently awarded the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) are scheduled to depart for South Korea on August 22 to pursue their Master’s degrees.

Nuur Khaliilah Abdul Khalid will study International Law at Korea University and Nur Nabilah Adilah Hj Jukin will be taking Global Affairs and Policy at Yonsei University. Both will begin their studies in September.

Located in Seoul, the two universities are among the top three varsities in South Korea along with Seoul National University.

South Korea’s Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Cho Won Myung, received the students yesterday at his office.

He said South Korea’s government hopes more Bruneian students will further their studies at Korean varsities to create a better understanding between the two countries’ peoples and promote a strong foundation for future bilateral relations.

“Our government is happy to receive Bruneian students,” said Ambassador Cho.

“I really hope you will achieve your goals in your studies in Korea and when you come back (to Brunei) you can contribute to your society,” he told the scholarship recipients.

The two students, who are both from Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), were chosen for the scholarship after a selection process involving more than 30 applicants.

Around 10 students from Brunei have been awarded the GKS through a scholarship programme established in 2010 provided by the South Korean government to graduates around the world. In addition, more than 100 students from Brunei have gone to South Korea for an exchange programme under cooperation in the field of education.

Nur Nabilah Adilah, who had just completed her two Bachelor’s degree programmes in Laws and Shariah Law at UNISSA, said she is committed to utilising the knowledge and experiences she gains in Korea to help develop Brunei. She applied for the scholarship in Korea because she developed a strong interest in learning about the country’s culture and traditions after attending a conference there.

She said she’s looking forward to the opportunity to study at one of the top three universities in Korea which is recognised by the Brunei government.

“Yonsei University has lecturers from well-respected institutions such as the University of Oxford and Harvard University, so it makes me want to know the way they’ll teach us,” she said.

Nuur Khaliilah, who also completed a double degree in Laws and Shariah Law at UNISSA, hopes she will not only gain new experiences from the scholarship but that it will also further enhance cooperation between the two nations.

“For me, it’s more of a learning experience in terms of being immersed in the culture itself and getting to know people as I will not only be interacting with Korean people but also international students from all over the world.”

The Brunei Times