THE BRUNEI STUDENTS' UNION OUTREACH TOUR 2019: SEKOLAH MENENGAH ARAB LAKI - LAKI HASSANAL BOLKIAH (SMALHB)
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, WEDNESDAY, 17th July 2019 – The Brunei Students Union (BSUnion) collaborated with the Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA) to hold a two-day outreach programme at Sekolah Menengah Arab Laki - Laki Hassanal Bolkiah (SMALHB) on the 16th and 17th of July 2019, themed “Author of Your Future: Creating Your Own Storyline”. A total of 136 students (69 in Pre-U1 and 67 in Pre-U2) participated in the event, which was led and facilitated by members of BruROSA and the BSUnion as well as other Bruneian students studying in the United Kingdom & Eire.
The programme aims to provide a safe space for students to express concerns about their future and helps them realise the potential that lies within. It also encourages students to reflect on and pursue their own career pathways, while instilling motivation by reminding them of their significance in shaping the future of the nation.
Day 1 (16th July 2019) was blessed with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Abdul Halim Anuar, and then featured opening speeches delivered by Dk Nurin Nabeelah Pg Hj Abu Bakar (Vice President of Administration and Finance of the BSUnion) and Mohammad Harith Syafiq bin Mohammad Halim (Religious Secretary of the BSUnion and President of BruROSA). The students were then split into assigned groups and had an ice-breaking session. This was followed by motivational talks delivered by Dk Nurin Nabeelah Pg Hj Abu Bakar, Muhammad Iqbal bin Emran (General Secretary of the BSUnion), and Siu Tzyy Wei (Toastmasters member, Universiti Brunei Darussalam) titled “Not The Author”, “Real Intention with a Sincere Heart”, and “Still Surviving” respectively, all exploring various aspects of the speakers’ experiences as young adults entering higher education. Facilitators and students then returned to their assigned groups and took part in a sharing session, which allowed students to voice their concerns while also receiving comfort and reassurance.
Day 2 (17th July 2019) was blessed, again, with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Abdul Halim Anuar. Muhammad Za’eem bin Abdul Majid (President of the Brunei-Southampton Society) then delivered an insightful talk titled “Al-Kalam Ad-Doa (Every Word is a Prayer)”, discussing the importance of Faith in what may be described as ‘worldly’ goals. They then proceeded with the main activity of the day: an ‘Amazing Race’ event where students split into groups and compete in performing various tasks, demonstrating lessons surrounding the importance of teamwork and perseverance. One of the emotional highlights of the event was a classic self-reflection activity titled “A Letter to Your Future Self” where students wrote letters to themselves discussing their aspirations, as well as their positive traits and achievements. These letters were sealed, and are to be read five years later. The event came to an end with closing remarks given by ‘Afifah binti Haji Mat Dani (Female Religious Secretary of the BSUnion and Vice President of BruROSA) and Dk Nurin Nabeelah Pg Hj Abu Bakar, followed by the recitation of Surah Al-Asr by Mohammad Harith Syafiq bin Mohammad Halim.
The event was well-received among the participating students, who found the sessions, inspiring and useful for their future endeavours. They also commented that the stories told by the facilitators were interesting and helped them gauge what to expect further along in their journey. Needless to say, the programme was an absolute success, inspiring and motivating the youth towards shaping and developing the nation towards a better future.
*Photographs of the event were taken by the BSUnion Media Team
Regional Executives nominations for The Brunei Students' Union are officially open for the 2019/2020 Session
The Regional Executives application is now open for the 2019/2020 session.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the Brunei Students' Union ? Today is your lucky day ! We are currently looking for students in the following regions to join our team as Regional Executives:
2. West Midlands
3. East England
4. North West
5. East Midlands
6. South East
7. North East
9. South West
11. Greater London
You can apply through www.bsunion.org/renomination or on the link down below
Deadline: Saturday, 1st June 2019 at 11.59pm
Any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact, Furqan Sulaini, Vice President for Regional Coordination at email@example.com or down at the link below
Handover Ceremony for the new council members of the Brunei Students’ Union in the United Kingdom and Eire (BSU) Session 2019/2020
LONDON, SUNDAY, 21/04/2018 - Recently, The Brunei Students’ Union in the United Kingdom and Eire (BSU) held a handover ceremony for the new council in Brunei Hall, London. Her Excellency, Pengiran Hajah Rooslina Weti binti Pengiran Haji Kamaludin, the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to the United Kingdom attended as the Guest of Honour. Also in attendance were officers of Brunei Students’ Unit and society leaders from respective Bruneian societies.
The event was blessed with the recitation of Surah Al - Fatihah and Surah An-Nisa verses 56 to 60, which was recited by Md Harith Syafiq Md Halim, the new Male Religious Secretary for BSU session 2019/2020, and; its translation was recited by Muhammad Iqbal bin Emran, the new General Secretary for BSU session 2019/2020. This event was followed by opening remarks from Awangku Mohammad Hisyam Al - Yura bin Pengiran Haji Zainal Abidin, the President of BSU session 2018/2019, followed by a speech by Her Excellency.
The ceremony then commences with the handover ceremony with Awangku Mohammad Hisyam Al-Yura bin Pengiran Haji Zainal Abidin taking the role as the Acting President for BSU session 2019/2020, until re-nomination for the position of President in a few weeks’ time. Dk Nurin Nabeelah Pg Hj Abu Bakar and Haji Muhammad Furqan Afifi bin Haji Sulaini were both appointed as the new Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Vice President for Regional Coordination respectively. Muhammad Iqbal bin Emran was elected as the new General Secretary, while Nur Ameerah Fitriah Hi Abd Rahim was elected as the Deputy General Secretary. Nur Rabiah binti Haji Jalil was elected as the new Financial Secretary and Ak Muhammad Zakwan Adli bin Pg Dr Abd Razak was elected as the new Information Secretary. Md Harith Syafiq Md Halim and ‘Afifah binti Haji Mat Dani respectively took their roles as the new Male Religious Secretary and Female Religious Secretary, and Nurhalimah Basyirah Jamaludin took the role as the new Postgraduate Secretary.
The event followed by Her Excellency presenting the Certificates of Appreciation to the previous council members BSU 2018/2019 and presenting the Certificates of Appointment to the newly elected council members of BSU session 2019/2020.
* Photos of the event were taken by Ak Ahmad Rabbani bin Pg Hj Mohd Amirrudin
Today marks the day that the Council 2018/2019 to leave and handed over the Union to the newly elected Council 2019/2020.
On this opportunity and on behalf of The Brunei Students' Union Council session 2018/2019, we would like to say thank you and send our greatest gratitude to SJT, UPP, KPG, BIA, Ministry of Education, Brunei Religious Officers Student Association, our sponsors and volunteers for their constant support and assistance.
Not to forget all the Society Leaders, REs and the students in the UK! You have always influenced and inspired us in positive ways and for always believe in the council. Without your constant support BSU won’t be here and this year we will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary ☺️ On a serious note, our council would like to apologise for any mistakes that we may have caused throughout our term as a council. We are still learning and you have taught us to better and improve ourselves.
We hope you had an enjoyable year and wish you all the very best for your exams and upcoming years in the UK #BelajarUntokMengajar #leadtheunion
Sincerely, former BSU Council 2018/2019
P/s: Before we go, just a gentle reminder to all students in the UK and Eire, if you’re leaving for Brunei or going on a holiday this summer, please make sure to fill in the UPP Holiday Application Form. Stay safe 🤗
The closing ceremony for Maulidur Rasul Shallalllahu ‘Alaihi Wassalam 1440H/2018M held in Brunei Hall, hosted by the Religious Committee of the High Commissioner of Brunei in conjunction with the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad a.s. took place on the 12 Rabiulawal 1440H/ 19 November 2018M.
The guess of honour for the event was Yang Mulia Pengiran Hajah Rooslina Weti Binti Pengiran Haji Kamaludin, Acting High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to United Kingdom.
The event started with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by the Religious Officer, Yang Mulia Ustaz Isham Ismail who also led the Dikir Syarafil Anam which were Dikir Assalamu’alaika, Dikir Bisyahri, and Dikir Marhaban. The event ended with the recitation of Doa sempena Maulud Nabi. This event concludes a series of 12 nights organised in rotation between the Unit Penuntut-Penuntut, Brunei Investment Agency, Kensington Palace Garden, Brunei House, The Brunei Students' Union In U.K. and Eire, and Brunei Hall Students’ Committee. This year’s celebration was themed “Tarbiyah Rasulullah Membawa Rahmat Dalam Berkeluarga” (Lessons from the Messenger of Allah the Almighty) which upholds and reminds us to always learn from our prophet on how to face situations.
The Brunei Religious Officer Student Association (BruROSA) held its first Annual General Meeting for the academic year 2018/2019 last Sunday, on the 4th of November 2018, at Bilik Insyirah, Brunei Hall, London.
The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Ustaz Isham Islam, UPP Religious Officer as the Guest of Honour. About 20 students who were also in attendance were mainly the religious officers from different Bruneian societies in the U.K.
The event was blessed by the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by the President of BruROSA, Muhammad Aqil bin Awang followed by a short recitation of Surah Ali Imran Verse 103 by Ak Mohd Amirrul Syafiq Bin Pg Kasmirhan, a member of BruROSA Media Team.
The event started with a welcoming remarks as well as a short presentation of BruROSA by the President. The Heads of Departments, Ak Muhd Fauzi Syahmi bin Pg Hj Salim, Mohd Azharuddin bin Hj Yakub, and Kamalia@Norjannah binti Kamalrulzaman for Media, Writing, and Entrepreneur Teams respectively had the opportunity to introduce their responsibilities to the Association. The rest of the presentation was led by both the President and Vice President, Dyg Siti Maisarah Zaliqah binti Hj Awg Ramli.
Question and answer session that follows immediately after the presentation allows the attendees to bring up questions as well as suggestions on how to improve BruROSA. This includes a discussion on which Society should be hosting the Regional Khatam Al-Quran in correspondence with next year’s Brunei National Day, suggestions for possible Religious Officers trainings which include program Ta’ziz Ilmi in Brunei during summer break before the new academic year starts, and ideas on how societies can conduct Maulud Nabi as it is the next event coming up.
As the last agenda of the meeting, Ustaz Isham made a short tazkirah on the issue of spreading viral content whereby Ustaz shared his thoughts and stories from the generation of Prophet Muhammad SAW and how He (Peace Be Upon Him) handled sensitive situations. The event concluded by a closing remarks by the President and recitation of Surah Al-Asr followed by a group photo session.
On the gloomy morning of 2nd October 2018, the faint bustling of movement as people move about to ready their booths was eventually met with a gradual increase in the buzz as crowds slowly poured into the hall. The clock struck 10am as the Fair has begun! The Fresher's Fair is an annual event in conjunction with the welcome week we have here in Imperial College London While most of the ‘welcome week’ is a measure for freshers to familiarise themselves with their campuses and their lecturers – the Fresher’s Fair is a day of celebration for clubs to showcase what they truly are about.
Annually, the fair is attended by more than 8000+ people where they are given the chance to learn about clubs varying in range from sports, art and culture. ICUBS is no stranger to the Fresher’s Fair and has made a returning appearance this year. Whilst there are no major events to be hosted here in UK by ICUBS this year, we took this opportunity to introduce the Bruneian Culture to freshers attending the fair today.
In conjunction with this, we have pulled together a mailing list for weekly fun-facts and a bi-annual magazine focused on Science and Culture in Brunei. 3 committee members of ICUBS came to host the booth namely Teo Zhi Perng, Muhammad Azharuddin bin Haji Yakub and Muhammad Nasrullah bin Mohammad Zamri. They talked to the freshers about Brunei throughout the fair and invited them to join our mailing list. The booth was met with good reception. Soon, the fair took a quiet turn as 4pm approaches and we soon pack away our booth and head for home. In the coming years, ICUBS hopes to bring more to the booth, in terms of decoration, conversation and culture to bring to the people. Afterall, we’re not the one missing out on the unexpected treasures laying in the Bruneian kingdom – it’s always time to talk Bruneian to non-Bruneians.
Recently, the Brunei Student Unit (UPP) organised a briefing for new students coming to the United Kingdom and Eire; from A-Levels, Undergraduate and Postgraduate at Bilik Insyirah, Brunei Hall. The briefing is conducted to introduce the roles and responsibilities of Brunei Students Unit (UPP) and all of six officers; the Director of Studies, Academic Coordinator, Welfare Officer, Finance Attache, Brunei Hall Warden and the Religious Officer. Not only that, the briefing also touched on the roles and responsibilities of The Brunei Students Union to all Brunei students in the UK and Eire.
The briefing is conducted for all Bruneian students that will be studying in the United Kingdom and Eire either they are under the Brunei Government Scholarship, Skim Bantuan Pinjaman Pendidikan (Student Loan) and Self-Funded. If you would like to attend the briefing, please email the Brunei Students Unit (UPP) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 207 402 0045 ext 274.
The Brunei Religious Officer Student Association (BruROSA) conducted its annual charity drive initiative called Unsung Heroes last weekend on the 8th September 2018 as part of its summer project where this year marks its third consecutive rendition. Unsung Heroes aims to show appreciation towards construction workers who have contributed to building our nation. In total, over 200 lunch packs were distributed to various constructions sites around Bandar Seri Begawan with the help of 36 volunteers.
The food and drinks were funded from the donations of the public where the company Sehat also donated 96 bottles of water. BruROSA is an association comprising of religious officers from across the UK and Eire that deals with the religious welfare of all Bruneian students studying in the UK and Eire. It was established on the 1st February 2015. Other than Unsung Heroes, BruROSA also organises other events such as Kem Ibadah and Umrah Tour which will be held in winter and easter seasons respectively.
30th August 2018, Kuala Belait – More than 150 sixth form students of Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali, Kuala Belait joined the final outreach program hosted and organized by the Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) and Brunei Religious Officers Students’ Association (BruROSA). The program took place in the afternoon, with a video produced by the BSU as an introduction and official start to the program.