| Wani Roslan |
THE commencement of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Open Day 2015, took place yesterday at the Chancellor Hall.
Officiating the ceremony was the Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education and Vice-Chancellor of UBD, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, who also launched the online application for admission.
Some 1,400 registered visitors comprising prospective students attended the event which was based on the theme ‘Innovative, Creative, Entrepreneurial’, a reflection of the university’s continuous commitment toward cultivating a generation of leaders with these much-wanted qualities.
Prior to the start of the event, the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and a thanksgiving prayer were held, followed by a welcoming remark by the Acting Dean of Students, Dr Hajah Sallimah binti Haji Mohd Salleh.
“The launching of the online admission application is a milestone for the university as we utilise the benefit of technology to accelerate and simplify the process of admission into the university, which is also far more convenient for international students,” the acting dean said.
With the launching of the online application, the process of checking the status of their applications and access to up-to-date information is simplified.
The online application is in line with the university’s vision of making the whole process towards paperless as a show of commitment to innovation and sustainability.
Dr Hajah Sallimah added that in line with the event’s theme, every faculty is showcasing a video on the works and activities of students who meet the criteria of being creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.
During the event, the university highlighted its GenNEXT undergraduate programme, Discovery Year programme, entrepreneurship initiatives and research opportunities.
Since the university has boosted internationalisation efforts to create links with the world’s most prestigious universities with regards to student exchanges and research collaboration, UBD has seen a 10 per cent increase in interest from international students as of 2010. In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings, UBD ranked 11th for inbound exchange students, 4th for outbound exchange students and 7th for international faculty.
The annual event is organised by the Students Association, with support from the Student Affairs Section.
The public are also invited to attend the event and get advice from representatives of programmes. Those who wish to enrol at UBD under a government scholarship can also receive guidance on the HECAS application by Ministry of Education representatives.
The event takes place from 8am to 5pm and ends today.