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SEED offers study opportunity in Canada

Lyna Mohamad

Applications for the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) programme for the 2022-2023 academic year are open for Bruneians, the Canadian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam announced yesterday.

High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Jeanette Stovel said that there is no limit on the number of applicants with the scholarship focussing on allowing Bruneian students to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the wider ASEAN region.

Only one Brunei student has been accepted into the SEED programme launched by the Canadian government on August 6, 2017. However, the student was unable to travel to Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEED provides students from ASEAN member states with short-term opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels in areas that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs.

Topics in these SDGs include good health and well-being, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, and climate action.

The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone and everywhere. The 17 goals were adopted in 2015 by all United Nations member states, including Brunei Darussalam, who endorsed the SDGs in the same year.

The Canadian High Commissioner said, “It is my fervent wish that we see at least one, but preferably more, students from Brunei as successful scholarship recipients this year. Make the application as early as possible and don’t wait for the last minute; and ensure that the area of study contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.”

Tuition fee, visa and/or study/ work permit fees, return economy airfare from Brunei to Canada, health insurance, living expenses, ground transportation and books and supplies are covered in the scholarship.


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