| Hakim Hayat |
AUSTRALIAN High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Todd Mercer yesterday hosted a networking reception to welcome Bruneian Alumni of Australian education institutions, visiting representatives from Australian education institutions, Brunei education professionals and government officials at his residence in Jalan Kota Batu.
Coinciding with the two-day Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition – organised by the Australian Trade Commission – held at Badi’ah Hotel, the reception was an opportunity for the alumni to share their experience of studying in Australia, to network with like-minded people and reconnect with the institutions where they studied.
According to an Australian High Commission press release, each year around 400 Bruneians pursue their studies in a wide range of academic disciplines in Australia, ranging from medicine to engineering to arts.
“Over the years, thousands of Bruneians have travelled to Australia for study at all levels – from secondary school through all levels of tertiary education and in-service training.
“These alumni now occupy positions in Brunei’s military, government and private sectors. They can be found at ministerial level down to recent graduates,” the press release stated.
These alumni, according to the High Commission, provide essential core to the Australia-Brunei relationship through the strong people-to-people links they establish during their studies, and the deep understanding they develop of Australia, its culture and its people.
This is why the Australian High Commission is always working to further develop and strengthen these valuable education-based connections. it added.
The High Commission is pleased to have recently hosted visits from representatives from a range of Australian institutions looking to strengthen ties with their Bruneian counterparts and to explore increased cooperation, particularly in the field of medicine.
They are hopeful Australian students will take the opportunity presented by the New Colombo Plan (NCP) to study in Brunei. The NCP is a new Australian government scholarship and student mobility scheme to enable Australian students to study in the Asia-Pacific region. It is intended to be transformational in deepening Australia’s relations in the region.
The High Commission hopes to remain connected with existing alumni and encourages others who studied in Australia to contact the high commission.