UNISSA trade fair to help students hone biz skills

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

IN CONJUNCTION with its sixth Mahrajan Hafl Al-Takharruj (convocation), Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) is holding a trade fair to provide a platform for young graduates to boost their entrepreneurial skills.

The first of its kind fair reflects UNISSA’s upcoming convocation enterprise-centric theme of “Islamic Finance and Entrepreneurship Develops Self-Sufficient Generation”.

Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the ongoing convocation festival at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, UNISSA’s Dean of Student Affairs Supri Hj Sudin, said that the trade booths and cubes offer its graduands and the public alike the chance to heed the national call to increase business activity.

“Our theme for this year is about entrepreneurship so we thought it was best to allow our students to practise at the convocation festival although it is also open to staff and members of the public to participate,” said Supri, who is also the co-chairman of the convocation festival’s organising committee.

“We decided to provide the cubes as it is a more affordable selling space compared to whole booths and we also know that not everyone has the resources to run an entire booth, so that is why we provided the cube options,” he said.

He said that in addition to having the trade fair, there will also be talks on business-related topics today and tomorrow for the graduands.

“We organised a few activities, not just the trade fair alone, so that it will give an opportunity for the students to really understand the need for entrepreneurship in the country,” he said.

“The talks on Friday will be about Islamic finance and on Saturday will be on business plans. The talk on business plans will then turn into a competition between students who will present their business plans and win prizes for the best plans,” he said.

A member of the organising committee said that they have seen encouraging positive response from the students and staff of UNISSA to the opportunity.

“Although the selling spaces are open to the public as well, we have had good participation from our students with nearly half of the available cubes rented out by UNISSA students, alumni and staff,” she said.

The organiser added that they have decided to extend the closing time for the trade fair to 6pm from the original 4.30pm in the hopes of drawing more people to the trade fair which ends this Sunday.

The trade fair is organised by both students and staff from the university’s Student Affairs section and the recently-launched Faculty of Economics and Islamic Finance.

It features 28 booths and 100 cubes showcasing products such as headscarves, muslimah apparel, religious books, toys and food and drinks.

The trade fair, which is part of the convocation festival this year that was launched two days ago by His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, is located in the Perpaduan Hall next to the Main Conference Hall inside the International Convention Centre.

The Brunei Times