The Brunei Students’ Union in the United Kingdom and Eire (BSUnion) and the Global Awareness and Impact Alliance (GAIA) hosted the first of a three-part seminar series at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) recently.
The series aims to give students an opportunity to discuss topics related to their modules in accordance with the theme ‘Building a Post-Pandemic Global Society’. The topic was ‘Refocussing Health Policies’ in which the seminars investigated how several aspects of the health sectors have been redefined by the pandemic.
The seminar opened with welcoming remarks by Co-Founder of GAIA Naveed Khan and Vice President for Regional Coordination, BSUnion Michael Shie. The seminar, moderated by Co-Founder of GAIA Dr Asyura Salleh, saw student speakers presenting different topics on post-pandemic society. A second year LLB student from the University of Bristol Vanessa Ang talked about ‘Staying OK in a not-so-OK world: Keeping our mental health in check’; A fourth year BHSc Dentistry student from the University of Glasgow Jia Hui Lim presented on ‘The impact of COVID-19 on the dental community’; while a third year BSc Occupational Therapy student from the University of Essex Syafiq Syahrudin presented on the ‘Value of occupation in regard to health’.
A Public Health Policy Expert from the Ministry of Health Dr Justin Wong also offered an insight to the topics.
The series is open to the public. Members of the BSUnion Student Council, UBD medical and dentistry students and members of the public attended the seminar.
The next seminars will be held today discussing ideas on ‘Restructuring the Regional Economy’ and on August 13 on ‘Reshaping Social Policy’.