| Wani Roslan |
UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday awarded a total of 92 graduates and students who have excelled in their studies and extra-curricular activities at the University Medal and Book Prizes Award ceremony in conjunction with the 26th Convocation. The ceremony was held at the Chancellor Hall of UBD.
This year, four students received the coveted University Silver Medal Award, namely Nor Rafidah binti Haji Moktar, Bachelor of Arts; Abdul Azim@Azri bin Haji A Sabli, Bachelor of Science; Fatin Nurizzati binti Mohd Jaya, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Abdul Wafiy bin Awang Moslim, Bachelor of Business.
Seventy-two students from the Master and Bachelor programmes received book prizes, 16 students from the Diploma programme received the Excellence Award and 19 graduates received the Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd Excellence Award.
On hand to present the award and prizes was the guest of honour, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education, in his capacity as Chairman of UBD Council.
In his address, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Vice Chancellor of UBD, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, told the audience that the awards represent a recognition of the academic success achieved by the graduates in their respective fields.
He encouraged students to excel in extra-curricular activities, which help instil skills, responsibility, discipline, independence, and entrepreneurial thinking.
He also urged the students to develop themselves to become skilled, resilient, creative, innovative and visionary
They were also urged to continue supporting the national development and society in general.
Recipient of University Silver Medal Award, Nor Rafidah binti Haji Moktar, said, “As an In-Service Training (LDP) student, I am proud and excited to receive the award.
“In order to achieve splendid results, it is important for students to put in effort and submit their assignments and projects on time.”
Abdul Wafiy told the Bulletin that he worked hard to get the award after seeing the success of previous recipients, stating he had a desire to achieve and be one of the University Silver Medal recipients.
“University life is not about reading books. I got to learn a lot of things by making my study enjoyable
“I find different ways to study in a group and get more experience. I made many mistakes … but when you learn from them,” he said.
Abdul Azim, who also received the University Silver Medal Award, shared that he was excited and happy.
“I will be pursuing my Masters in the United Kingdom,” he added
Fatin Nurizzati said, “My experience in UBD was the most exciting experience of my life, especially my discovery year in Sweden.
“My stint there equipped me with the knowledge and skills that will be useful for my future career.
“Of course it was really challenging but I just had just to stay optimistic.”
Also in attendance were Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Development, who is one of the University Book Prizes contributors; Dato Seri Setia Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, Deputy Minister of Education; permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, senior officials, parents and guardians of the students.