Virtual summer programme showcases local culture to international students

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) launched its first virtual summer programme, e-Global Discovery Programme (e-GDP) recently.

The Global Discovery Programme (GDP) is usually held several times a year on campus. Due to COVID-19, UBD had it as an online summer programme. The July e-GDP is a pilot programme and was joined by international students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The subsequent August e-GDP will be joined by 45 students from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Rikkyo University, Kyoto University, Ibaraki University among others, a press release stated.

The main objectives of e-GDP are focussing on introducing Brunei Darussalam’s culture and language, global awareness and entrepreneurship skills. Several interactive sessions were offered over the six days and the uniqueness of the programme was the GDP Buddies’ e-discussion sessions over Zoom and Remo e-platforms.

The international students enjoyed the Malay Language classes, interactive demonstration on thesSultanate’s traditional cuisine. Participants said they did not regret joining the programme as they enriched their knowledge on Brunei Darussalam, Borneo and Southeast Asia.

The e-GDP programme invited the Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) to provide an overview of Brunei Tourism.

A Master student from Universiti Sains Malaysia Jerry Xu Guo Jian said, “I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to UBD staff who worked on this fantastic online programme for us. Thank you for your effort in designing the e-GDP. This year is the China-Brunei Tourism Year and I am glad to have a chance to have a virtual tour of Brunei Darussalam. I enjoyed the traditional dance performance and the Bruneian food demonstration.”

PhD student from Universiti Sains Malaysia Payal Choudhury said, “Thank you to the lecturers who organised the e-learning programme. Not forgetting the GDP Student Buddies who also took their time to organise the e-discussion after the sessions. It was fun getting to know them, talking with them and sharing our thoughts. As Brunei Darussalam is a very close neighbour of Malaysia, I am happy to hear about the beautiful places to visit.”

A screen capture of the virtual summer programme. PHOTO: UBD