IN efforts to build its community and networks to aid its students’ career advancement, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has established alumni services to allow its current and former students to connect with and support each other in career mentorship and assistance.
Both the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA) and the UBD Guild Alumni Association will be at the UBD Open Day 2015 to showcase their alumni services to current students which will be held on February 14-15 at the Chancellor’s Hall, UBD, according to a press release.
UBD, through its alumni groups, is committed to leading its students and academic community on their career path in addition to creating a strong network to benefit career developments for its students and alumni.
Established in 2011, OARA is focused on providing a medium for the university to strengthen its relationship with its alumni to ensure growth and development of the university’s current and former students. OARA’s main mission is to engage the alumni community through events, programmes, collaborations, and volunteerism as well as to establish lifelong connections and elevate the status of the university and its community.
In its projects and activities, OARA works closely with the UBD Guild Alumni Association, a student-run organisation, to ease UBD’s graduated students’ transition into the professional world.
President of UBD Guild Alumni Association, Md Nuriskandar bin Md Hasnan, said that the association prioritises building a strong alumni community that supports and helps develop its members in becoming successful individuals in their respective industries and personal lives. “Trust among the members will create a strong voice and support that build a stronger association in the future,” he said.
Md Nuriskandar added that creating a network and space for UBD’s students and alumni community allows them to “gather and engage with one another on their life experiences and share their tips of mentorship, enhancing their social responsibilities as a censurable working member of the community in Brunei Darussalam”.
Alumni services by OARA and the UBD Guild Alumni Association are offered in the form of events, fund-raising initiatives, career talks and networking opportunities for the betterment of UBD students’ career outlook and improvement of the university’s facilities and programmes.
Last year, in conjunction with UBD’s 26th Convocation, the Green Run was held by OARA to raise funds to build an alumni building, envisioned to utilise green technology and architecture to coincide with the university’s mission to be innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly.
The UBD Guild Alumni Association also recently hosted its first-ever talk series delivered by its alumni members, Reuben Chin and Allen Ang, on financial management and the art of marketing. The talk attracted current students who met with the alumni to learn how to plan and organise their financial activities and making it in the marketing industry, through interactive engagement and networking with the alumni.
The guild is planning to hold a three-day workshop for all UBD graduates on career development and professionalism in mid-February.
The workshop will discuss proper work ethics, stress and time management, constructive positive characteristics and attitudes of respective personnel, among other issues faced by professionals in the workforce.
Since its establishment in 1984, UBD has seen over 18,000 students successfully graduated who have subsequently gone on to fulfil promising careers, some even becoming household names in the Brunei community for their successful start-up businesses and frequent appearances in the local press.