| Syafiq Affendy |
EDUCATIONUSA, an academic advising service of the US Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, yesterday organised a briefing and appreciation day for career teachers from the government and private secondary schools and sixth form centres in Brunei Darussalam.
The event co-organised with the Counselling and Career Division of the Ministry of Education (MoE) was held at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
During the event, career teachers were provided with the latest information on higher education in the United States, along with tools to assist students in finding a ‘best fit’ US higher educational institution.
The Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Edward Findlay thanked the Counselling and Career Division of the MoE and career teachers for their efforts in ensuring students in Brunei make well-informed choices about higher education and their future careers.
“EducationUSA’s participation in the Ministry of Education-led nationwide outreach to schools has contributed to an increasing desire among Bruneians to pursue higher education in the United States of America. America is the top destination worldwide for international students, with over one million students from across the globe currently studying at US colleges and universities or participating in educational exchange programmes,” said Findlay.
Over the past several years, hundreds of students from Brunei have studied at top US universities such as Stanford University, New York University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Parson’s The New School for Design, Purdue University, Yale University, University of California, Georgetown University and many others.
The Head of Counselling and Career Division of MoE, Ali Yusri Abd Ghafor, thanked the US Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan for its continuing support of MoE’s mission to produce globally competitive citizens.
He said, “With the recent appointment of career teachers for all secondary and sixth form centres, the Counselling and Career Division would surely hope that students would get good career advices and guidance at school. It is every career teacher’s responsibility to inform students what courses, trainings, jobs and most importantly career paths are available and the type of skills and experience they need to do them.”
EducationUSA will be providing free consultations for the public on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 2pm to 9pm at the 1st Floor of The Mall in Gadong.