Sultan’s Scholars pledge commitment

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SULTAN’S Scholars yesterday expressed their commitment to assist the development of Brunei’s economy and plans to conduct research in fields relevant to the national development.

In an interview with one of the recipients of the scholarship on the sidelines of the scholarship contracts signing ceremony yesterday, Hjh Andi Diinah Kiasatina Hj Alliasim pledged to contribute to the development of Brunei upon completion of her studies after being awarded the prestigious scholarship for the second time yesterday.

“I plan to continue my studies and take up PhD in the United States after completing my master’s degree. I also plan to apply my newfound skills and the knowledge gained from studying overseas,” said the 22-year-old.

Hjh Andi who previously studied Biomedical Science at University College London, decided to pursue a master’s degree in Political Science after participating in various development programmes including a public policy and management course at the Civil Service College of Singapore.

“These programmes inspired me to take the leap and pursue a master’s degree in Political Science. I went to Singapore and they taught us Singapore’s approach in terms of governance, and how the policies affect the economy,” she said, adding that this inspired her to learn more about politics.

She said studying in the United Kingdom also gave her an insight into what makes a country an efficient and well-developed.

Fellow scholar Tan Zong Hao, who will be pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering at University of Oxford, is also keen to strengthen Brunei’s economy, adding that he will be taking up a coastal engineering course in the UK.

He said he plans to apply the skills and knowledge obtained from the courses to future projects in Brunei, including the Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) project.

“When the PMB project is complete, I hope to conduct case studies and research on it in the future,” he said, noting that Brunei is not spared from the effects of climate change.

“In the next 10 years, it is predicted that there will be many changes that will affect our water resources and our beaches. We will be needing experts who can study this and to overcome the challenges,” said the 24-year-old scholar.

The signing of the scholarship’s contracts was held at the Yayasan building yesterday.

It was witnessed by the Minister of Education, cum chairman of Yayasan Board of Directors, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

After the signing ceremony, the education minister proceeded to mingle with the scholars over lunch.

The Brunei Times