UBD marks Myanmar Week

Lyna Mohamad

Several activities were lined up to mark Myanmar Week launched yesterday in conjunction with Myanmar’s National Day.

The event, organised by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Brunei Darussalam, kick-started with a launch of Myanmar Cuisine Week at Simpur Cafe of the university’s Botanical Research Centre yesterday.

Vice-Chancellor of UBD Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz and Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam U Htin Lynn officiated.

The ambassador announced that the embassy will donate Myanmar teak saplings to the UBD Botanical Research Centre. Teak trees are found in abundance in the forests of Myanmar and is a national treasure of the country.

As a fine quality hard wood, teak is used for ship building, furniture and home decors because of its resistance to salt water, insects as well as well known for its dark golden-brown colour.

Myanmar Week serves to promote understanding on its education system and cultural background to the UBD community and will feature a talk by the ambassador entitled ‘Myanmar Today’ at the Inspiring Hall, UBD tomorrow.

During the week, Simpur Café will serve authentic Myanmar cuisine from January 20-27 with the exception of Friday and Saturday.

UBD is partnered with the Yangon Institute of Economics, University of Yangon and University of Mandalay via the ASEAN University Network (AUN). In September, 2019, UBD received book donations from the Myanmar Embassy as part of an effort to create greater understanding on Myanmar as a member of ASEAN.

Vice-Chancellor of UBD Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz and Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam U Htin Lynn during the event. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD