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Friday, 07 February 2014 18:04

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Press Statement from the British High Commission

The Education UK Exhibition is back, with the biggest number of participating institutions in recent times – forty three UK universities and colleges. The exhibition opens to the public at The Indera Samudra Grand Hall 3, Empire Hotel & Country Club on Wednesday 12 February from 2pm to 7pm.

British High Commissioner, David Campbell, said: “We are delighted that the UK remains the preferred overseas destination for Bruneian students. The Education UK Exhibition provides a great opportunity to discover more about the huge range of courses available in the UK. There will also be practical guidance on student living and top tips on writing personal statements and future employability.”

Representatives of institutions participating in the exhibition will be on hand to offer advice to students on a wide range of topics: courses, fees, accommodation – every aspect of studying in the UK.  The exhibition seeks to serve as a one-stop-shop for future scholars. Experts from the Ministry of Education, including the Scholarship Unit and the National Accreditation Council, will be there to guide visitors on procedures for applying for scholarships. CfBT Education Services will also be present, to help with queries about the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – that or another certificate of proficiency in English is an entry requirement for UK Universities. Information will also be available about the visa application process. The British Council will be present to assist with applications and pre-departure information.

Seminars will flow concurrently with the exhibition enabling participants to drop in on in-depth presentations from different institutions. These will focus on topics of general interest, such as “How to Write a Winning Personal Statement”; “Employability – Making the most of your study in the UK”; and “Studying Environmental Science”. These seminars are open to all visitors – with prizes on offer to those who complete a feedback survey, and a chance to win a surprise gift for all those attending.

Visit the Education Exhibition between 2.30pm and 6.30pm and take home a photo of you and your friends from our instant photo booth. Stand a chance to win yourself two movie tickets and one Pizza Hut voucher when you post your photo on the British High Commission’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UKinBrunei or tweet the British High Commission your photo at @UKinBrunei. Answer the question ‘Where in the UK do you want your GREAT journey to begin?’ and caption your photo ‘My GREAT journey begins . . . .’ Don’t forget to use the hashtag ‘#EducationUK2014’ as well.

Pre-register at http://bn.edukexhibitions.org and attend the Education exhibition to stand a chance to win an iPad2 32GB – there will be two to be given away!

Contact person: Cecile Dasal, Education Promotion Officer, British Council. Tel: +673 2237742. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:00

Check out this music video by the Hommed Baga folks. The music starts around the 2.15 mark. Enjoy!

They also have Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style clips. For more info on Hommed Baga, connect with them on FB.


Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:50

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Greetings folks. I have just come back from a few days in Kuala Lumpur; first time spending CNY with the in-laws. We had a great time. Over the weekend, my timelines have looked like this: fireworks, yee sang, lion dancing, ang pows and a whooole lot of red. Love this time of the year!

In KL, we spent the first two days visiting a number of older loved ones, including an aunty in a nursing home. It was rather sombre, but timely.

As my wise father-in-law put it, it is important to remind ourselves about the brevity of life, to stay humble and to remain compassionate.

Happy Chinese New Year folks!

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:12

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I attended the Curtin Sarawak Australia Day celebration in Miri on Saturday 25 January 2014. Staff of the university and their families, students and members of the community gathered over a sausage sizzle barbecue event held on campus. The event kicked off with speeches from Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Chairman of the Curtin Sarawak Council, Karen Welsh from the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and Curtin Sarawak’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Mienczakowksi. They shared what Australia Day meant to them, highlighted the dynamic relationship between Malaysia and Australia, and alluded to the importance of the Australian "give it a good go" outlook on life. Following the speeches, Australian eucalyptus and gum tree seedlings were planted to mark the occasion.

The food was great, a good old fashioned lucky draw and also an extensive playlist by Australian artists playing in the background - the likes of John Farham, INXS, Met at Work, Peter Allen, and I believe even a few tunes by Slim Dusty.

Australia Day, often a day for official community events and citizenship ceremonies to welcome new immigrants, is celebrated in many ways. These come to mind as quintessential things to do: backyard cricket, a barbeque with mates, a day out at the beach, having a meat pie, and fishing off the jetty. Hope you had a great one! I know I did. Thank you Curtin Sarawak for the hospitality!

Here are some photographs from the event.

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Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan

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Karen Welsh

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Professor Jim Mienczakowksi

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