Sixty-eight students will pursue their studies in Korea of which 63 are from Universiti Brunei Darussalam undergoing their Discovery Year at universities at different parts of Korea such as Incheon and Busan.
This was shared during an orientation for exchange students hosted by the Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam on Thursday.
The orientation programme, held at the embassy’s multipurpose hall, began with a welcoming remark by Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Kim Soung-eun who congratulated and welcomed the students in pursuing their studies at Korean universities as well as experiencing study life in Korea.
Two former exchange students – Nur Azatil Ismah binti Md Shameful Bahrin and Nazihatul Afifah binti Haji Abdul Hamid who are part of the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) alumni – shared their study experience and life in Korea.
Meanwhile, Embassy Counsellor Cho Hyeran in her presentation ‘Korea’s Development Experience and Korea-Brunei Partnership’ shared that the names symbolising Brunei Darussalam and Korea, which are ‘Abode of Peace’ and ‘Land of Morning Calm’ are among the commonalities that the two countries share aside from experiencing foreign occupation and independence.
“Brunei and Korea also have the commonalities of each having a long and rich history, family centred society and respect for the elderly.”
Cho also touched on the Korea-Brunei partnerships, Korea-Brunei people-to-people exchanges, Korea-Brunei partnership in addressing common challenges, Korea’s development experience, Korea-ASEAN activities as well as events conducted in the Sultanate by the embassy.
This year marks the first time that five Bruneian students were offered the GKS programme, as prior years saw a quota of four for Brunei. – Lyna Mohamad