| Azaraimy HH |
REPRESENTATIVES from 12 American institutions of higher learning were on hand during the US Higher Education Fair held at the Songket Ballroom of the Rizqun International Hotel.
Speaking at the education fair, Mark S Dieker, the Charge d’ Affaires at the Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam stated that there was a growing number of students choosing to earn their degrees in the United States and he expects this number to continually increase in the years to come.
The US educational exchange programme is not something new in Brunei. In 1986, two years after Brunei Darussalam gained its independence, a Fulbright grant was given to a Bruneian, who is now a minister.
“The United States understands that learning is achieved when barriers are removed and the exchange of ideas, viewpoints, culture and values are promoted,” said Mark S Dieker.
He believes that American education promotes learning without boundaries and that international students are attracted to the unrivalled quality, flexibility and wide range of international accredited courses and programmes offered by US colleges and universities.
He added that qualification from an accredited American university gives students the need to succeed in the highly competitive international marketplace.
“For example, international students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States have the opportunity to gain practical work experience, in addition to their degrees, for two years or more after they graduate through the STEM Extended Optional Practical Training programme,” he explained.
“Combined with access to many of the world’s best teachers, researchers, professors, laboratories and facilities at US universities, it is not surprising that the number of international students choosing to study in America continues to rise year after year.”
He hopes that the US Education Fair will help the public better understand the US educational system.