Alumni share US experience with 30 students

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

THE Brunei-USA Association (BUSA) organised a sharing session titled, ‘Our YSEALI Journey – Sharing Our Experience’ hosted by Centre for Student Development and Innovation (CSDI), Politeknik Brunei (PB) recently.

The session was part of CSDI’s Student Empowerment Programme to inform students of opportunities offered through the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) programme and encourage them to embrace such opportunities that will help to build their soft skills, share their know-how and at the same time improve their leadership skills.

Head of CSDI Pengiran Muhd Noor Shah bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, President of BUSA Salimah binti Haji Saim and Alumni Coordinator of the Public Affairs Section at the Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam Billah Hasan were present.

Four YSEALI alumni were invited to speak to 30 students. The speakers were Noorhafizah binti Rashid from Professional Fellowship 2018 in Economic Empowerment, Nazihah binti Mohd Sahrip from Academic Fellowship 2018 in Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Dayangku Amal Azhanie Haziqah binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Kadir and Basil bin Ali Witsqa both from Academic Fellowship 2018 in Civic Engagement.

They shared their projects and experiences in the US as well as their aspirations for future contributions to Brunei.

YSEALI is a youth development and enrichment programme for ASEAN youth aged 18-35 to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community.

Fully funded by the US State Department, YSEALI focusses on four key themes namely in civic engagement, education, environment and natural resources management, and social entrepreneurship and economic development. YSEALI has national and regional workshops throughout the year.

The fellowship is a five-week programme in the US where participants are hosted at a university or undergo work placement.

Members of the Brunei-USA Association (BUSA) in a group photo. – ROKIAH MAHMUD