THE Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam, in cooperation with educational advising service EducationUSA, recently held a presentation on the benefits of US higher education to government and private sector organisations in charge of higher education and professional development in Brunei.
The event took place at The Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong, and was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health, Energy Department, Public Service Department, Department of Economic Planning and Development, and representatives from higher education institutions such as Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali and Institut Teknologi Brunei.
The briefing outlined the importance of finding a ‘best fit’ college or university in the United States for interested students from Brunei. With over 4,000 accredited higher education institutions in America offering more than 900 fields of study, students from Brunei will be able to make choices based on individual learning needs while factoring in environments that will enable them to grow academically and socially.
The briefing also discussed the step-by-step accreditation process to ensure that students are enrolled at regionally-accredited and globally-recognised higher education institutions in the United States.
Dr Edward Findlay, Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy, delivered the opening remarks at the event. He said, “The United States maintains its position as the number one destination for international students because of the quality of education, the choices available to students and the flexibility of the US higher education system.”
He added that a major benefit for international students interested in studying in the United States are options for practical training that are often incorporated into the curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. “Students who pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) courses have the option to pursue practical training as part of their student experience. In pursuing the STEM degree, a Bruneian may gain up to two years of valuable work experience in the United States in addition to their academic training,” Dr Findlay said.
Dr Findlay also thanked the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for the support and assistance in establishing EducationUSA as the official resource for US higher education and for other US-led educational programmes and events.
For more information on studying in the United States, visit www.educationusa.state.gov or contact the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam’s EducationUSA Advisor, Mayra Robles, at RoblesMT@state.gov.