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Keeping up to speed with US education trends

Azlan Othman

Public Affairs Officer at the United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Jeff Barrus reminded teachers and counsellors of the importance of their work in guiding students to make the right choices for their careers.

“When Bruneian students choose education in the US, they aren’t just expanding their educational and career horizons,” he said. ”They are also growing their personal and professional networks with Americans and other global citizens who choose the US.”

He said this during the 5th annual USA Higher Education Counselors’ session for over 40 higher education counsellors at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

The session, hosted by the US Embassy, was held to provide updates on trends in higher education in the US and equip school counsellors with the tools and resources to effectively guide students intending to study in the US.

Career counsellors, teachers and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, scholarship-giving bodies and private education agencies attended the event.

The US Embassy also provided information on professional development opportunities for career counsellors and higher education advisors through the Study in the US Institute (SUSI) for Academics and Secondary Teachers and other US government-funded exchange programmes.

The event included a discussion with SUSI scholar and Head of Pre-University and Career: Department at Belait Sixth Form Centre Norlela Puasa, Global UGRAD semester exchange alumni Shasha Nurqamarina and Aaelex Selavisi, and recent US university graduates Aisyah Zulkarnain and Melissa Lim.

EducationUSA is a US Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centres in more than 175 countries and territories. The network promotes US higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited post-secondary institutions in the US.

Attendees during the session. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN