Brunei students in UK and Ireland are all set to vote for their new Brunei Student Union board today. Once elected the boards duty will include in fostering relations among the other Brunei society in UK and in Ireland as well as representing them effectively in facing the issues that conjures up.
The main reason why this vote is important to students is that if the right people are elected then their respective society can benefit greatly. Such that they can get media backing, the financial support and the necessary help in getting through the bureaucracy in managing events. Most importantly is that their society gets a voice in the representative board which may otherwise be ignored if students do not chose wisely.
The vote is important as it is linked to every Brunei students here. The voters are held as the main priority in this session and the elected officials should listen and do their rightful duty so as to meet the demand of the people. How? By asking the nominators what they should do and what they should be really representing before giving them the vote.
In searching for the better candidate, Students are advised to base their votes on the person’s leadership, competence, past contributions and relevance.
Thus in this case the writer would inject what he promises if he is elected part of the board. Below is a transparent excerpt of what the writer will do if elected as President. http://bit.ly/KlXzAC and as Financial Secretary http://bit.ly/IRtK8g. The writer would recommend Nabil Abdullah to be the Information Secretary because he is competent in Media and has given much of his contribution to the society.
Equally readers may read testimonials written by the nominators. Positions that our Brunei UK Students are aiming are as General Secretary, Information Secretary, Sports Secretary and their respective assistants. Undergraduate and A-Level Social and Welfare officer are also there. More information at http://bit.ly/JybVfK
Vote now for your favourite candidate by completing this form by clicking Here. Have your rightful voice be today. Voting session ends at Friday Midnight at 18/05/2012 and are only open to Brunei UK and Eire Students.
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The Brunei Youth Council in collaboration with Universiti Brunei Darussalam is organising Brunei+20: National Youth Seminar for Sustainable Development.
We are kindly inviting representatives from all four districts to take part in this event and contribute towards producing a youth position paper that will be submitted to the Major Group for Children and Youth, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
Deadline for applications is 15 May 2012. Registration for participants is free and selected candidates will be notified by 18 May 2012.
Date: 25-27 May 2012
Venue: Universiti Brunei Darussalam Participants:
• The seminar is open to youth between ages 16-25 from all four districts.
• Selected participants will be asked to submit their recommendations to be included in the draft paper prior to the seminar
For full event info, download here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/6bfwt7
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University life is like a box of Chocolates. You may never know what you are going to get. Sometimes its pleasing and more often times its not. Moments such as the bombardment of university assignments, upcoming the exam, and constant “migr—” disease that can literally wear some students out. With the natural tendency for us to make complaints and nags about it, its fitting that I write this article piece just to help you uncover the different kinds of chocolates that you would expect, prepare and hopefully avoid for once you get into University Life.
Firstly, just to clear things straight, I am an 1st year undergraduate. The 1st year is the time when students in general could claim that its an easy breezy moment. Much so like the 1st year in A-Levels. Where even if you do not give a damn about everything, your performance does not actually affect you profoundly than that in the main exam. Which gives you the impression that you are free like an eagle in the sky.
Boy, I was so wrong(in both counts). This is not A-Level’s level. This is University’s level. My hopes of soaring the skies fell short. Instead I was locked in a canary cage where I had to do all the assignments and works so as to meet my university passing grades. The assignments were shot down on us like atomic bombs from WW2. Where we have to make either a report or an essay for each module that literally wiped out the morale of every humanely student I met in any UK University.
Each modules containing at least 2000 words for the 1st year and progressively increases to an unprecedented 3000 at the 2nd and at least 4000 by the 3rd. Each time more deadlier the year before. So much so we need to consider(at least for my case anyways) that there were 4 different modules and after the multiplication its roughly about 8000 words. It was an ongoing challenge yet again. But its okey, most students should manage to finish them all. Those who were left behind got 0% for their exam.
Secondly the advent of the university exams. Bruneian students in UK should then be prepared and all beefed up to conquer the big moment. After all its like our normal exams is it not? Only this time if one fails, the person is not only going to humiliate himself but those who hoped for him/her dearly. Did I not forget o mention HM’s expectations for us? Which might give you the pressure to work hard until you bust yourself off your limits. If you do not manage yourself well, you will only succeed in pushing yourself down the path of destruction. Like a Roller coaster rocketing too fast that it end up breaking the rails and BAM!: Final Destination.
So whilst studying in UK its important to note the fact the we should all not underestimate university level exams. Be prepared. You will have plenty of time to do your revisions, home works, studies etc. The examination seasons will usually start in between the end of the Easter Holiday and the beginning of Summer. Roughly between 15th May up to 5th of June.
Thirdly, it is the famous “Migr—” disease. I shall purposely censored it so you won’t be infected by it. It is basically the stinging pain that you feel inside your brain. Metaphorically speaking “Migr—” like someone poking a needle onto your temporal lobe. It can wear students out. This can be due to tremendous stress that are caused by the above mentioned: University assignments, upcoming exam etc. But little do people know that it is simply an imaginary illness that was planted into their mind through the assimilation of the word “Migr—” by some associate who seem to care of their well being. The result: Dozens of Brunei UK Students getting this disease.
I mean the idea of the disease could multiply inside your head. The pain can develop just like that. Better to be like the positive and indifferent Dubai son of a gun sheikhs, where when crisis befell upon them, they termed and treat it as“Blessings of God”.
So if the the “Migr—” do befell on you one day then we should treat them as Blessings of God. For good reasons. It helps us slow down and take a look back in life. It helps us look at what we are doing now. It forces us to ask whether what we are doing now is effective or efficient. So Bruneian UK Student hopefuls wherever you are, always keep form saying negative things such as the word that cannot be named. More so the more you dwell on the word the more pain you will feel thanks to the power of thought.
In concluding, Student hopefuls should not underestimate the assignments, essays and exams laid out by the University. Students have to work hard in preparing for the big day. The losses are greater this time than it was when you were in High school or in College. To succeed one have to really work hard. Finally the “Migr—-” disease should be termed as “Blessings of God”. So to with any negative words. In this article University Life does resemble like a box of chocolate. Now as I show you the overview of University life its up to you to pick which ones you need to pick, prepare and avoid for. Until then, Abdul Malik Omar signing out.
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Abdul Malik Omar
Maktab Sains held their sports day on the 19th of April at the Staduim Belapan Berakas.
The event kicked off with an exercise activity followed then by marches, dances and various sports competition.
The day was conquered by the Laksamana sports house.
This is a video made by Aznniel Yunus, from the production media, Nostrils Produciton that gave you the music video “Mind Game”.
“Congratulations to Laksamana sports house for winning the trophy. and thanks to you guys for watching, hope this video brings about memories till forever.” the video description read.
To the MS Readers do not forget to share this post.
“So Siuk” mini-reality Youtube series, produced by our Bruneian youths from Maktab Sains has been released! It showcases students battling it out to be the winner for the missions set out below as written in the description bar on their youtube channel.
Find the Guest! Players are required to look for the guest, hiding among the people in red shirts around the dorm. She has a sticker on a particular part of her body, thus need to be removed in order to win.
At the same time, the guest is required to complete her mission by allocating names hidden under sandals/heels/shoes on the 2nd floor.
6 keys are presented to the teams. They will have to take only two and go to respective rooms that fits the key. In each room there is a kitchen utensil to be used at the last game in the second mission. The teams will need a total of 2 kitchen utensils in total.
After deciding which of the two utensils is the “Acid” and the “Alkali”. Afterwards, the teams are to roll a dice to obtain the number of scoops of Acid (milo) or Alkali (sugar) required in their cup. The first team to finish drinking the hot cup of milo and return the cups to the sink will win the round and gain advantage.
Without further ado here it is, “So Siuk” Part 1A and 1B.
As Farihin Hamdani, the executive producer said in our previous post, that the youtube show aims to entertain families and friends out there. The production was initially inspired by the Korean variety show “Running Man”. A show if you have not known is quite popular to the Korean fanatics here in Brunei Darussalam. Now theses students are making a version of their own, thus “So Siuk”.
Tune in to their next episodes in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile lets look at what PTEK are doing now.
Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang (PTEM) will be holding a Motivational Talk for Upper Six students this coming Monday. The talks are organized by the Peer Counsellours Group (PRS).The speakers of this year’s talk will be Noraini Muhammad Ali and Siti Redha Wahayu Bte Muhammad.
Both of the speakers graduated from PTEM last year and were both selected for the recent National Service Pilot Programme 2011-2012.
The speakers were a part of a select 80 youths awaiting for ‘O’ and ‘A’ level results whom spent nearly three months in the Sports Village at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium for training.
Noraini Muhammad Ali, who was also an ex-PRS member, received an Overall Best Award from the programme whereas Redha Izzati received the Best Physical Award.
Both speakers are expected to hold the talks for Upper Six students this coming Monday at the PTEM Lecture Hall coinciding with the Principal’s Dialogue that is aimed at bringing up concerns and questions of the student body.
The dialogue is the first of its kind in PTEM.
On the 14th of April, the Brunei UK Students based in Manchester University, BRUMANCH will organize up a Dakwah Song competition on the “friends meet house” at the central of Manchester, United Kingdom.The group aims to enhance the religious standings and national bonds between the Bruneians studying in UK.
Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang (PTEM) will be holding a Food Drive next week. The Food Drive, a collection of food, is organized by the Youth Development Club (YDC) for a charitable cause. This is their first event this year and will make a mark with the new junior intake in the club. Since the approval by the Principal, the members have been working hard to prepare and to spread the word. The event is open to all PTEMians.
The objectives of the event is to immerse acts of goodwill to allow our members of the student body to give back to society in hopes of shaping today’s youth for the better especially in PTEM. It is also taking benefit to increase awareness on issues and alleviating poverty in Brunei Darussalam as mentioned in His Majesty’s vision of eradicating poverty in Brunei Darussalam by 2035.
Food Drive containers will be placed in places such as the lobby are where food items can easily be collected. Advertisements in the form of flyers, posters and announcements have been made and placed in strategic places of the school.
The food items collected will be sorted out by YDC members along with Teachers-in-Charge. YDC plans to collect food in cans and other nutritious items that can last for a long time such as:
1. Canned Meats i.e. tuna, chicken and beef
2. Canned/Boxed Meals i.e. soup, Mac and Cheese
3. Canned/Dried beans
5. Canned Fruits
6. 100% fruit juice (canned/plastic/butted)
7. Cooking Oil
To ensure food safety, participants cannot use: 1. Rusty or Unlabelled Cans 2. Perishable Items 3. Homemade Items 4. Non-commercial canned or self-packed items 5. Open or used items 6. Near to expiry date
A member of YDC stated that it’s of strong hope that the project would create awareness among the students that although we are very fortunate to be in Brunei, there are still others who still need assistance for everyday basic needs like food. She also added that hopefully the project would be a success. The Food Drive week starts tomorrow. All PTEMians are strongly encouraged to participate.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A TOTAL of 123 recipients of the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) scholarship scheme were enrolled as the second intake of full-time students at the Laksamana College of Business (LCB) yesterday.
In an interview with The Brunei Times during the orientation session, LCBChief Operating Officer, Sivarajah Subramaniam, lauded the scheme.
“I think it’s a brilliant move. It’s giving more of them a chance to continue their studies rather than stopping at their ‘O’ or ‘A’ Levels without any skills. At least with the JPKE scholarship scheme, they can progress to higher qualifications,” he said.
Subramaniam described the JPKE scholarship scheme as an avenue for students to acquire skilled jobs or continue for further education. “These are two excellent opportunities for them,” he said.
According to him, applications to LCB have increased with the introduction of the JPKE scholarship scheme since more students are considering private educational institutions as an alternative pathway to further their education.
He explained that plans to expand LCB are also in the pipeline following the projected growth of student population.
“There are plans to introduce more courses to meet the needs of Bruneians, and also to expand the building with better facilities. Brunei has a very small market, but this is the opportunity for us to grow, as well as give better services to the students,” he said.
Subramaniam commented that the JPKE scholarship scheme is a great incentive for the private higher education institutions to grow.
“We are very thankful to His Majesty’s Government for helping the local private higher education institutions. The support we have received has been brilliant,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, the JPKE scholars also conveyed similar sentiments of gratitude in an interview with The Brunei Times at the orientation session yesterday.
“Without this scholarship, I would probably be working, but with less skills and lower pay. It’s a rare opportunity for us to enrol in a private institution,” said computing student Norazizah Roslan. She noted that higher qualifications are essential in light of increasing standards of living.
“Alhamdulillah, I’m very grateful to the government. It has opened up a new opportunity for us and made our future brighter,” she said.
The 20-year-old plans to pursue a degree overseas after graduating from the BTEC HND in Computing atLCB. As an aspiring programmer, Norazizah intends to develop the local multimedia industry.
Another computing student, Saqdatul Azeerah Abdullah, 20, commented that the JPKE scholarship scheme has made further studies affordable for permanent residents like her.
“For us, this scholarship means we get an opportunity to continue our studies. Before this, I recall feeling hopeless, because I didn’t know whether I could do further studies. Now that my tuition fees aresubsidised, I can afford to study,” said Saqdatul.
In partnership with Kensington College of Business (KCB) in London and Abdul Razak Holdings of Brunei,LCB is a higher education institution offering courses at diploma level. Over 200 JPKE scholars are currently enrolled in LCB, according to the chief operating officer. The Brunei Times
Saturday, 31st March 2012, Student Council members of Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang (PTEM) spent their Saturday night in school arranging homemade candle lanterns around the college. This is to show their support in the global cause “Earth Hour” where throughout the whole college; lights were switched off and lanterns were lit up in rows all over the compound.
PTEM’s participation further brands their reputation as being an eco-friendly school; the lanterns arranged around the school were also made from recyclable materials collected around the school. The Vice President 2 of the Student Council further elaborates on the event; “PTEM’s is an eco-friendly school and we want to show that to the world. Initially, the plan was just to show our support by switching off the lights for an hour but the idea of lighting up the school without using electricity, emerged, and so we incorporated that to our efforts in putting PTEM on the map.
Our members had to individually switch off the lights via separate switches on every floor and had to plant homemade lanterns all over the school where our objective was so the school, illuminated by candles during Earth Hour, could be seen from the highway. With the approval from our Principal and participation of the Student Council, the event was a success. It was an amazing experience; being in school at night and doing all of these.”
Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang further strives to be a more environmental college and hopes to be the spark that will ignite flames of inspiration in order to spread awareness.
By Nazatul Syazwani, Student Council of PTEM.
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Meanwhile look at what Maktab Sains students are doing now: Brunei’s Running Man
Here is what is happening now in Brunei Darussalam, a Time Lapse video from the Earth Hour Team shot from the top of the PGGMB Building.