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Studying in Singapore an opportunity, say scholarship recipients

Lyna Mohamad

Studying in Singapore will be a good opportunity to acquire experience in a new learning environment while learning to be independent at the same time.

2023/2024 Brunei Darussalam- Singapore Youth Scholarship Programme recipient Jaeden Chan Weijie said this at the ceremony yesterday, adding that it is good to gain study experience outside of Brunei because there are many things that can be learnt from other countries and culture.

In his preparations, Jaeden has been doing as much research as possible on the studying environment in Singapore and he is sure he will acquire more practical skills and knowledge when he begins his education journey there while adapting to living abroad at a young age.

As this will be his second trip to Singapore, the first being on holiday, Jaeden plans to explore Singapore on the weekends as one of the ways to adapt to life in the country.

Similarly, fellow recipient Adam Xavier bin Azlan/Markus expressed pride and happiness and said he is looking forward to venturing into a new study environment on foreign soil.

At the same time he is also sad to be away from his family for a long period and will try to overcome it by meeting new friends and adapting to Singapore’s school system.

FROM LEFT: Scholarship recipients Adam Xavier bin Azlan/Markus; and Jaedan Chan Weijie. PHOTOS: AK ZAKI KASHARAN

Meanwhile, High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam, Heng Aik Yeow said, “We are delighted to welcome our first batch of Bruneian scholars, Adam and Jaeden, to Singapore.

“I have met them and am confident they will represent the best of Bruneian youth and do their country proud. Their selection also revitalises a long and distinguished line of scholars – namely the Asrama Kerajaan Brunei Singapura (AKBS) – whose last batch of scholars studied in Singapore some 40 years ago.

“I believe this is an exciting opportunity for young Bruneians and Singaporeans to work together and build new linkages.”

Both students, who completed their primary studies at St Andrew’s School, will leave for Singapore under the scholarship to enrol in secondary level studies commencing January 2023.

The signing of the awards took place at the Balai Khazanah Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah auditorium hall yesterday.

Signing on behalf of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was Senior Special Duties Officer at the Department of Scholarship Management Julaihi bin Mohamad/Mohamat.

Singapore was meanwhile represented by the Singaporean High Commissioner.

The scholarship recipients signed the agreement along with two guarantors who are their parents or guardians.