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Monday, 18 February 2013 17:54

An excerpt from "Students flock to Maktab Duli for UK study options" by The Brunei Times.

STUDENTS looking to further their studies flocked to the Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) ... to sort out their options at the Education UK Exhibition.

Thirty-six educational institutions along with CfBT Education Services and the Ministry of Education's Scholarship Section participated in the exhibition at the college's auditorium to provide guidance and assistance to students.

The Brunei Times caught up with a few students receiving consultation at the exhibition to find out their educational plans.

An upper-six student from Maktab Duli, Abdul Khair, said that while he would be sitting for his A' Level exams at the end of the year, he was browsing through the exhibition to set a goal for him to achieve.

"I'm not quite sure what university or course I'd like to take but now I'm interested in taking a degree in International Relations. The United Kingdom is a tempting country to study in," said the 17 year old who said that the UK would be a good studying and living experience

Two friends 18-year-old Nur Nadidi Kifli and 19-year-old Aminatul Izzati Hj Othman were looking for potential universities to study in as they had just received favourable results for their recent A' Level examinations.

"I want to experience another country because I have never been to the UK. I want to try my luck there," said Nur Nadidi who is interested in taking a degree in Sports Science.

"As of now, my top university would be Liverpool John Moores University. There's a course there I'm really interested in," said the aspiring sports scientist who hoped that she would be able to help Brunei sports to reach an international level in the future.

Aminatul Izzati said that she plans on taking a degree in Financial Mathematics then continuing her studies to a postgraduate level so she can provide appropriate assistance to the government.

Were you there at the Education UK Exhibition? Are you currently studying in the UK? Do share about your experiences in the comments section below.

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Saturday, 16 February 2013 00:34

Greetings Readers! Allow me to introduce you to "The Harlem Shake". If you have not yet heard about this 'dance', look it up on YouTube. It's got people asking "Is this 2013's answer to Gangnam Style?" It generally starts out with someone in a costume or with something on their head (a helmet, mask, bucket, hoodie, etc) dancing oh-so-randomly in a room, and then all of a sudden - BAM! More (epic) randomness follows. They come in clips of about 30 seconds...which make them very easy to consume. Check it out and see what you make of it. I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot about this through 2013.

Be warned though. These 30 second clips are (very) addictive.

Here's one of my favorites so far followed by (yup) a local clip.

Friday, 15 February 2013 15:51

Greetings Readers! There was a great vibe at the Education UK Education last week. A mix of about 40 colleges and universities were represented, and there were students, parents and teachers at every corner. I went around asking the students why they wanted to study in the UK, and things like “a strong reputation for a great education”, “family tradition - my parents studied there”, “the cultural diversity” and “it’s a beautiful place” were themes across many of the responses.

"Why do you want to study in the UK?" from last year's exhibition

These exhibitions are pivotal events as students and parents get to meet representatives from different educational institutions. Given undergraduate courses start generally in the latter part of the year, at this stage some students are still deciding on what to do and where to go. It is good to do your own online research about a university’s achievements and menu of courses available, but my preference would be to actually spend time with a university representative. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons why these exhibitions are so important.

I also spoke with a few representatives, asking the question “Why is your school popular among students?” From the Kensington College of Business – “we are a British college, based in the central part of London, very close to Oxford Street, China Town and Coventry Gardens…our fees are very reasonable, and we specialise in business studies”. From Keele University – “it is a very beautiful campus, one of the largest green campuses in the UK…it is a safe, secure and social environment for students in a campus university, and the students are never more than five minutes from lectures or leisure facilities…our dual honours degrees are also very attractive as this makes students more employable post-graduation”. From the University of Bedfordshire – “we have been going through a period of sustained development, strategically investing in student services and resources, prioritising the whole student experience”.

Were you there? What did you think of the exhibition this year? Did it meet expectations? Do share in the comment section below. For more information about studying in the UK, visit the UK in Brunei website and Facebook Fanpage.

Photographs from Day 1 of the exhibition at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:47

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The Education UK Exhibition is back, with the biggest number of participating institutions in recent memory - forty one universities and colleges. The exhibition opens to the public at The Indera Samudra Grand Hall, Empire Hotel & Country Club on Wednesday 13 February from 1pm to 7pm; and at Maktab Duli PMAMB Sixth Form on Thursday 14 February from 9.30am to 1pm.

British High Commission, Rob Fenn, said: “(The Exhibition will be) an education festival. We have a host of British universities and colleges in town, and several strands of activity to help them interact with Brunei’s own education establishment and the general public. But the most important meetings which each of these institutions will have in Brunei are with prospective students and their families. That’s where something does or doesn’t “click” – and a young person’s future can ignite”.

At both locations (Empire and Maktab Duli), 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, as 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 will also 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; and also in the visa application process (on which information and contact details will be available at the Exhibition). The British Council will also be there to assist with applications and pre-departure information.

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Rob Fenn said, “My favourite feature of these exhibitions is the enthusiastic help we get from those who have already graduated from British universities, several of whom give up their precious time to attend our show. Anyone thinking of following in their footsteps can take one of them aside into a quiet corner, and ask what it was really like. Other UK alumni will be present “virtually”, since we will be screening entries to our Digital Scrapbook Competition from previous years. These short films allow visitors to the exhibition to see British universities through the eyes of Bruneians on the spot”.

Seminars will flow concurrently with the exhibition, enabling participants to drop in on in-depth presentations from one of the institutions. These will focus on topics of general interest, such as “Choosing What and Where to Study”; “Tips on Structuring Your Personal Statement”; “Applying for Postgraduate Study in the UK” and “Studying at a UK College”. Other seminars will address more specialised subjects, such as “Engineering and Geology Programmes for the Oil and Gas Industry”; Studying Chemistry in the UK”; and “Hospitality and Tourism”. These seminars are open to all visitors – with prizes on offer to those who participate in a feedback survey, and a chance to win a surprise gift for all those attending.

Rob Fenn added: “We aim to make these occasions a fun day out for the whole family. This year we have thought harder about photo opportunities, with students dressed in traditional British costumes, and opportunities to pose in a photo frame or a trade-mark red telephone booth! We also recognise the enduring appeal of i-stuff. Everyone who pre-registers with us at before Wednesday 13 February stands a chance to win one of four Ipad2 (32GB) which we are giving away”.
For more details, such as the list of participating institutions and seminar schedules, please visit

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:48

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UNITED Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of PROTON, (recently) unveiled its new sedan, PROTON Preve at the Radisson Hotel Mutiara Ballroom.

An excerpt from The Brunei Times:

PROTON Preve is offered in three variants which are equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, which delivers power and torque equivalent to that of large 2.0-litre normally-aspired engines and is mated with a seven-speed ProTronic CVT transmission and it is economical.

PROTON's latest sedan is also its most technologically-advanced, as it utilises a method defined as Hot Press Forming (HPF) that provides better protection and higher body as well as structural rigidity without compromising the overall car bodyweight.

The Premium variant of the PROTON Preve will also include features such as steering mounted paddle shifters, satellite navigation, engine push start button and more. Safety features of the Preve includes dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic BrakeforceDistribution), Brake Assist, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control in the Premium variant.

Additionally, the premium variant is also equipped with a Smart Information Display (SID) that displays status updates on the Preve's various functions such as average fuel consumption, distance to empty, vehicle intrusion warning and more.

The Preve's showroom price is 26,900(MT) and $28,550(CVT) for the executive variants, and $32,650 for the premium variant. It is available in six colours such as Blue Lagoon, Tranquility Black, Solid White, Fire Red, Elegant Brown and Genetic Silver.

For more information, please contact United Motors Sdn Bhd at 2427110 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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About the Editor

new about me profI am a born and bred Bruneian who lived and worked in Australia for over 10 years. I am now based in Brunei. Having spent time away from Brunei, I have learnt that, to know a country is to know the people. To truly appreciate a new place is to see it through their eyes, to listen to their stories, to taste, smell, do and feel as they do.

Everyone has a Story, and this blog - Projek Brunei, features the stories, music, photography and art of locals and of people who have lived or worked in Brunei before. Join me on this project, a project to discover and rediscover this country they call the Abode of Peace, the Heart of Borneo, this place they call the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures...through the stories of the People.

You may know me by my online moniker, @BruneiTweet. I created BruneiTweet in 2009, and currently (October 2016), I have over 30,000 followers. I am passionate about community, and use social media to connect with people - both on and offline.

I have an MBA, a keen interest in business-development and marketing, and I am a three-time TEDx speaker. I believe in the power of social media and collaboration. I have worked alongside corporate organisations on various community projects. Some highlights from my journey to date: In 2011, I co-organised Twestival Brunei to raise awareness and funds for Brunei’s Child Development Centre. That year I also organised Convergence, Brunei’s first youth led leadership forum. In 2012, I co-organised Movember to raise awareness on men's health issues. In 2013, I participated at various forums including Brunei's National Environment Conference and the ASEAN Social Media Exchange in Thailand. In 2014, I was selected to represent Brunei at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme. In 2015, I was involved as a panel moderator in an International Women's Day event, and was invited to speak at the Green Leaders Eco-Camp in Brunei about using social media with purpose.
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