More Bruneians studying in US
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE number of new Bruneian students enroling in American universities and colleges rose by 21.7 per cent in the past year.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, EducationUSA Advisor Mayra Robles said that over 100 new student visas were issued by the US embassy for students entering college or university in 2015.
“There has definitely been an increase of international students not just from the Asia region but from Brunei alone just this past year,” she said.
“We have close to one million international students in the United States, which makes the country the number one destination for international students in the world, and the number has grown in recent years.”
The Director of Public Affairs at the US Embassy, Catherine Muller, said the attractiveness of studying in the United States was its variety of choices in courses and institutions for each prospective student’s particular needs.
“The United States has something for everyone, and with over 4,000 accredited institutions across the country, there is a place for anyone no matter what course they wish to study.
“It has a fantastic system which provides world-class education, whether at a community college, state university or an Ivy League college,” she said.
Both Robles and Muller were speaking on the sidelines of EducationUSA’s interactive session for Brunei government officers held at the Radisson Hotel in the capital to discuss the application process of American institutions.
According to the embassy, EducationUSA is the United States government’s official resource on higher education for accurate, current and comprehensive information.
During the session, updates on trends in the American higher education system were provided as well as an overview of United States embassy programmes available to Bruneians, including the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
The Head of Sayyidina Ali Secondary School’s Pre-University and Careers Department, Ummi Kalsum Hj Omar, and Patrick O’Hare, a visiting YSEALI Fellow, also shared their experiences being part of their respective programmes.
The event was attended by over 30 officials from various ministries, departments and scholarship-giving bodies such as Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the Ministry of Defence and Brunei Shell Petroleum.
The Brunei Times