BRUNEI Darussalam offers various scholarship schemes for its citizens to study at the top universities overseas. These schemes often identify Bruneians for their potential in making a contribution to the development of the nation.
Dk Nurul Aqeelah Pg Abu Bakar is a scholarship recipient who enrolled in the highly prestigious University of Melbourne in February this year to study History.
She has settled down well in Melbourne and is thoroughly enjoying her studies and making new friends. She is sharing an apartment with two other Bruneians who are among the members of The Brunei Melbourne Society.
“I live in the Melbourne city and walk to the university,” said Dk Nurul Aqeelah. “The city is very lively and there is always something going on. It is easy to buy Halal food as there are plenty of Asian restaurants in the area. I am also familiar with the multi-cultural environment here as I studied at an international school.”
“I chose my course programme carefully as I wanted variety and the University of Melbourne met my expectations. As expected, my course is challenging and demanding. The lecturers are engaging the students in learning. I try to be actively involved to ensure that I get the most out of my studies,” she added.
Australia has recently become a popular study destination. Bruneians are attracted by the quality of its education, the easy going lifestyle, the proximity to Brunei and so forth.
University of Melbourne will be participating in the forthcoming Study in Australia Exhibition at Radisson Hotel on September 17.