| Rokiah Mahmud |
REPRESENTING sixth form centres across the country, 22 students were feted yesterday in a prize presentation ceremony at the Bad’iah Hotel, for their achievements in the University of Toronto National Biology Competition 2014.
Acting Canadian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Nancy Bernard, lauded the students prior to presenting them with certificates.
From the Upper Sixth Level, 12 students received awards, while another three from Lower Sixth Level received awards as well. Also, seven students received certificates from the University of Toronto and from the Canadian High Commission for their excellent achievements.
“This is the 13th consecutive year that Brunei Darussalam has participated in the competition, an indicator of how keen the youth are to push themselves to excel academically and achieve success. By doing so well in this competition, these students have demonstrated there are no barriers to academic excellence and science is a universal language that we all share.
“These students’ success in this competition also demonstrates the potential for international collaboration in education, and both Brunei and Canada can build a closer relationship through educational alliances and international study.
“Brunei places great importance on education and has built a first-class education system that gives opportunity to every citizen and resident to contribute to Brunei’s economy. This is evident through the recent initiative to allow Bruneian students the opportunity to pursue their studies at institutions of higher learning or a foreign country.
“Through international education, we develop greater understanding of other cultures and that develops into strong international alliances and prosperous business ties. These relationships enhance our lives and make the entire world a better place,” Ms Bernard concluded.
One of the highest achievers at the competition, Yvonne Chin, from Meragang Sixth Form Centre, shared with the Bulletin that she undertook a lot of revision and referred to several past year papers, as well as consulting her biology teacher, as part of her preparation for the competition.
“Biology is one of my favourite subjects. I hope after finishing my sixth form education I can pursue either biology or biotechnology in my university education,” she said.
The 220 students that represented the country at the competition are currently enrolled at Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah, Meragang Sixth Form Centre, Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre, Sayyidina Ali Secondary School and Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School.
The competition, which Brunei first joined in 2002, is an excellent platform for high school students to test their knowledge and understanding of Biology.