Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) to provide financial support in the form of scholarships to selected undergraduate students at the university.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the virtual signing was hosted by UTB via video conference.
Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad was the guest of honour.
UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman; Country Representative, Brunei Liaison Office of Mitsubishi Corporation Tadashi Hara; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the MoE Dr Chin Wei Keh; representatives from the Embassy of Japan and officers from the MoE, UTB and MC were also present.
Signing the MoU on behalf of UTB was Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah while International CSR Team Leader, Corporate Sustainability and CSR Department Country Representative Noriko Lizuka signed for Mitsubishi Corporation. Noriko Lizuka was represented by Tadashi Hara who signed in the presence of the guest of honour.
The event began with welcoming remarks by the Vice-Chancellor of UTB and Country Representative from Brunei Liaison Office of Mitsubishi Corporation. The event proceeded with the presentation of the mock cheque.
Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah expressed her appreciation to MC for selecting UTB for the programme.
“This scholarship collaboration is a great example on how university and industry can collaborate for mutual benefits, Mitsubishi contributes to the development of talented workforce and the university benefits from students,” she said.
Meanwhile, Tadashi Hara said, “The scholarship is to foster human resources for the development of home country and the global society in the future. This could be considered as a part of our support to contribute to Brunei Vision 2035.”
Under the MoU, Mitsubishi Corporation will fund scholarships to five full-time undergraduate students at the university. The scholarship of tuition fees totaling at BND10,000 will be shared among the students to cover one year of tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The recipients comprising first year to final year students were selected based on criteria mutually agreed by both parties including students’ financial background, academic performance and extracurricular activities.
The scholarship is also aimed at enhancing learning among the recipients.