| Zee Yusri |
TOP achievers at Institut Teknologi Brunei’s (ITB) 27th Convocation Ceremony for the Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes, and 2nd Convocation Ceremony for the Bachelor’s Degree programmes were honoured for their educational excellence yesterday by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
Soong Siaw Yin, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Communication Engineering graduate, who received First Class Honours expressed her gratitude and marked the convocation day as one of the important days that she will always remember for a long time to come.
“Four years passed so fast and I remember clearly how these years were challenging, but with the guidance and support from lecturers I was able to excel,” she added.
She told the Bulletin that now she will focus on finding a suitable job. If the opportunity comes later she would want to pursue her studies after she gathered a broader view of a workplace. She stated, “No words can express how thankful I am to the lecturers who groomed me to be who I am today. I believe what I have learnt all these years will take me to another chapter of life.”
Meanwhile, Lim Han Chyi, who earned a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Technology, thanked her lecturers who have helped her through the years in ITB and appreciated their patience and time in shaping her to be an excellent student.
“I believe that without the encouragement from my family and friends, I would not have been able to go through my tough assignments and completed my studies with this result. They opened my eyes to what I could do, in a way I’ve never thought possible,” she said.
She was also thankful to those who have been by her side as they made her realise that she was capable of achieving anything in life. She said, “I will never give up easily anymore and I admit that it takes that kind of spirit to survive and be successful in life.”
Hassam Khan Wazir, an international student from Pakistan who received his Second Class Division One in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Communication Engineering, and also the recipient of the Best Student in Niche Area, mentioned that during his travels to different nations, nowhere have he seen an environment as friendly as in Brunei.
“Life at the ITB campus is groovy and the atmosphere is very energetic. I have watched ITB grow and flourish as new students joined ITB each year, for the past four years. The lecturers are very cooperative and willing to help the students in any way they can,” he said.
Hassam mentioned that there was a lot of focus on extra-curricular activities in ITB and that gave him the chance to polish some of his life skills which will help him become well-rounded engineer.
He also cherished his days in Brunei saying that he would never forget the smiles he shared with his friends, the late-night group study sessions, coping with many assignments and waiting in the examination hall for the exam to start – it was all memorable and exciting.
“I thank the Brunei Government for giving me these sweet memories and experiences that I will always treasure and remember long after I become a professional engineer. I can now say with confidence that ITB is a place where life and learning meet,” marked Hassam.
Jevons Quiambao Penaflor who graduated in Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering said, “Life as an ITB student had not always been as easy as it seemed.
In fact, it’s quite challenging especially when one is under the umbrella of Faculty of Engineering, where free time is considered extremely rare. Despite being drowned in academic responsibilities, time management is still important.”
He was also the recipient of several accolades namely the Sports Man of ITB 2014, Most Progressive Award, Best Student in Niche Area, IET Local Network Prize, as well as the Petrokon Utama Engineering Award.
“I strongly believe that to be a well-rounded student, it is necessary to have a balance of studies, sports, events and activities both in and outside of ITB. In addition, the environment in ITB promotes and helps nurture this delicate balance in students which made me feel as if ITB is a ‘second home’,” he added.
He shared that as a mechanical engineering student, he faced great challenges along his path – sleep deprivation due to long hours of practicals, lectures, assignments, lab reports and the tests – but five keywords that kept him going were : faith, prayer, perseverance, patience and keen determination.
Jevons noted that results and success are not granted easily and freely, it is earned through sweat and hard work. He also stated that it is inevitable to fail but what matters most is to never give up; to stand up after every fall and to strive for improvement and success.
“Looking back, I’m amazed at the time management skills I’ve acquired during my stint at ITB which helped craft myself to be a competent and a well-formed person. I was speechless and filled with tears when I heard the news of being granted more than two awards. All my sacrifices, my hard work and perseverance finally paid off.”