FINDLAY (B) Sdn Bhd, the education consultancy firm, hosted its eighth study fair yesterday, at The Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
The bi-annual event featured representatives from 18 institutions in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom: Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, the University of Dundee, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Hertfordshire, Northumbria University, the University of Portsmouth, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of South Wales, the University of Surrey, the University of Winchester, the University College Birmingham, Curtin University, James Cook University, the University of Otago and the University of Tasmania.
In an interview, Director of Findlay Sunita Martin said that the study fair was aimed at providing support for young Bruneian students in achieving their academic and career goals.
“With the British Council and the British University Brunei Association no longer available, it is important for representatives like Findlay to hold such fairs to be able to showcase British education, alongside other international education that we’ve represented,” she said.
President of the Brunei Students’ Union (BSU) in the UK and Eire Awangku Mohammad Hisyam Al-Yura bin Pengiran Haji Zainal Abidin, meanwhile said that the Brunei Students’ Union is geared towards providing comprehensive support for students studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“Founded in 1959 by Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Umar, the BSU is an organisation providing support in all aspects to students studying in the UK and Ireland, including aspects of socio-welfare and religion, by working closely with the Brunei High Commission in the United Kingdom and the Students Unit at the Ministry of Education,” he said.
“There are currently 30 different societies under the BSU, covering different universities and regions in the UK and Ireland.”
Pathway providers Navitas and INTO UK and US were present at the fair, to discuss study possibilities with students regarding foundation programmes and year one entries to prestigious universities abroad.
Several officials from the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council and the Scholarship Section of the Ministry of Education were also on hand to answer questions related to their respective areas, along with representatives from Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) on the subject of education loans and the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) on English proficiency test IELTS.