State Street aids underprivileged UBD students

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) introduced full online classes for its students to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Contributions have flooded in ever since the initiative began on March 12. It is largely aimed at helping students who do not have access to computers and Internet facilities at home.

Recently, State Street extended aid by donating 10 laptops for UBD’s students in need. The laptops will help facilitate the students’ learning and to support the ongoing online assessments and examinations. State Street also provided Progresif data packages for the students.

State Street Country Head Edmund Teo presented the donations. UBD expressed gratitude for State Street’s generosity in supporting the continuity of the students’ education.

In an effort to prioritise the health and safety of students, staff, and the UBD community, the university decided that all assessments that require students to be physically present on campus will be replaced with alternative assessments to evaluate learning outcomes of the programmes and will include various coursework and online examinations.

UBD alumni along with corporate and individual donors, who are mostly friends of UBD, previously contributed to the UBD Endowment Fund to help underprivileged students facing challenges in online education. The funds have been utilised in providing subsidies for data top-ups and SIM cards for mobile Internet connection for those without fixed broadband
at home.