LOUGHBOROUGH University recently welcomed to its campus the new Brunei High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin. An alumnus of the university, the high commissioner returned to Loughborough to meet with Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Robert Allison, to discuss potential areas of collaboration between Loughborough University and Brunei Darussalam.
Accompanied by the Director and Assistant Director of Studies at the Brunei Students’ Unit in London, the high commissioner also spent time with the university’s Bruneian students learning about their Loughborough experience and hopes upon returning to Brunei. Following his visit the high commissioner personally thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the continuous academic and welfare support which the university provides to Bruneian students.
The relationship between Brunei Darussalam and Loughborough University dates back many decades. Professor Robert Allison has been a regular visitor to Brunei. Recently, he was in the country accepting an invitation from the Vice-Chancellor of Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, to bring a team of senior Loughborough colleagues to undertake a review for ITB’s developing research capability. During his two years as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Allison has also met with representatives from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD); the Minister of Education Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, and the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, who is also a Loughborough alumnus and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctorate of Technology by the University in 2011.
Students from Brunei are an integral part of the award-winning Loughborough Student Experience, with their own society, known as ‘LufBru’, within Loughborough Students’ Union. The society organises many regular events throughout the year, as well as the renowned LufBru Summer Games, which takes place in Brunei in August each year.
Bruneian students at Loughborough have continued to gain recognition for their dedication to their studies as well as to the wider university community, as seen in their excellent representation at the university’s annual International Day in November. Loughborough University continues to attract large numbers of Bruneian students for undergraduate studies, Masters degrees and research.
The university remains committed to Brunei and looks forward to further engagement with local education institutions, prospective students and its growing alumni community.