| Hakim Hayat |
MORE major universities and colleges from the United States are setting their eyes on Brunei as the US becomes an increasingly popular higher education destination for Bruneian students.
A US Higher Education Fair will be held on February 3 (Tuesday) at Level 4, Songket Hall of the Rizqun International Hotel from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. The fair is one of the major initiatives of the US Embassy through its ‘EducationUSA’ network following the success of the first US Higher Education Fair held last year.
During the one-day event, direct representatives from 12 major community, private and public universities and colleges from the US will be available to speak with Bruneian students, parents and teachers interested in learning more about the prospect of studying in the US.
The US now caters over a million international students and there are currently over 100 Bruneians pursuing their education in a long-term or short-term basis in different streams at major universities and colleges.
Dr Edward Findlay, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam with Mayra T Robles, Education Advisor, shared in a recent interview that many US higher education institutions are discovering the high quality of Bruneian students who are well educated, well-supported by the government to pursue higher education abroad and speak fluent English.
Many US universities and colleges are not only coming to Brunei in groups to meet prospective students at specific events, but there is also an increase of them coming individually to meet Bruneian students at different times throughout last year.
“They want to ensure that Bruneian students know what the opportunities are … so they can make the best decisions for themselves. In today’s world where countries and students are interested in becoming more global citizens, people should look seriously at opportunities that the US offers,” Dr Findlay said.
Robles said the US Higher Education Fair will increase awareness of the opportunities available for Bruneians wanting to study in the US and also informing them that the Ministry of Education (MoE) and other private and government scholarship granting bodies are supporting Bruneians who wish to study there.
Prior to the education fair, a panel session with US university representatives will also be held allowing the public the chance to interact and ask directly on admission and funding requirements, campus life and why the USA is the leading destination for international students.
Dr Findlay said a tremendous number of students in Asia are choosing to study in the US and that includes our region. They come to the US because of the excellent education system and the universities themselves know the value of international students.
Their perspective is that the international students studying there can return to their respective countries with a more global perspective.
Sharing more on the vast opportunities and advantages for students in the US education sphere, Dr Findlay said large research universities that can be either private or public grant degrees in any field up to the highest possible level with high level facilities in any particular specialties that may be required.
At the education fair, Dr Findlay also said one of the many things that students should look forward to is that they will be directly dealing with direct admission representatives of these universities and not just local agents.
“It is very important that they establish contacts with these representatives if they are looking into these universities. These are specific people that are accessing their entry data and this is a main advantage,” He added.
More information on studying in the US can be accessed online at www.usembassy.gov/studyusa.html.