A perfect stepping stone, says winner of Chevening scholarship

Aziz Idris

Brice Lee Tseen Fu is the 51st recipient for the British Chevening Scholarship and will begin his fully funded postgraduate studies at the University of Sheffield.

To celebrate the honour, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam John Virgoe hosted a farewell reception at his residence for the Chevening alumni and to celebrate the award of the Chevening scholarship for 2020-2021 to Brice Lee.

The Chevening alumni group consists of 49 members with the first scholarship being awarded 32 years ago in 1988.

The Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations.

The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one-year Master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.

British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam John Virgoe presents an award to Brice Lee Tseen Fu. PHOTO: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Brice Lee said, “It is an honour to receive the prestigious Chevening Scholarship and to connect with the Chevening network.

“I would like to thank the British High Commission for presenting me this award and as a Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Universiti Teknologi Brunei graduate, I also would like to thank His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for providing an education system in Brunei that has given me the opportunity to pursue this award.”

He also thanked his mentor, Rahman Yoonus of Think Axis Solutions for advising him on his academic journey.

“I look forward to expanding my knowledge in the UK so that I can better equip myself to advance Brunei in the world of research and academia by combining the knowledge I have received with the knowledge I will receive in the UK. I believe that receiving the Chevening award is the perfect stepping stone.”

Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner said, “We are delighted to award this scholarship to Brice who will soon be joining other Chevening Scholars from across the world to study in the UK. “When he returns, Brice will join over 50,000 Chevening Alumni from the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.”

During the event, Brice Lee was welcomed into the Chevening family by Legislative Council member and President of the Brunei Chevening Alumni Association Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari, who was a Chevening scholar in 2014-2015, together with other alumni members. The high commissioner also announced that applications for the Chevening Scholarship for next academic year (2021-2022) are now open, and individuals in the middle of their career who can demonstrate a commitment to contribute to Brunei’s social and economic development are encouraged to apply.