27th August 2018, Berakas – The Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) organized a forum and dialogue session between the high council of BSU and Brunei society leaders in the UK and Eire at the International Convention Centre, Berakas (ICC). Also attending the event was Cikgu Irmawati binti Haji Ahmad, former Director of Studies, Unit Penuntut-Penuntut Brunei. The aim of the forum is to increase communication and coordination between Bruneian students in the UK and Eire, through their representatives.
BSU’s president, Ak Muhammad Hisyam Al-Yura bin Pg Haji Zainal Abidin started the forum by introducing the high council to the society leaders and audience present. Among the matters discussed during the forum were event sponsorship procedures, media promotions and regional coordination. Society leaders were also updated on the changes regarding societies standards and awards, which adopted a new system. In addition, mental health issues were also discussed during the forum, stressing the importance of students’ mental health, and providing help for students who needs it. The forum ended with a question and answer session, to provide more clarity regarding the things discussed.
The forum allowed more transparency between the BSU’s high council and students through their society leaders. Following the forum, BSU’s 8th Presidential Conference with the theme “Frame of Mind: The 21st Century Youth” was held in the afternoon at the same venue, with invited speakers from governmental and non-governmental bodies to openly discuss matters about but not limited to, unemployment and entrepreneurship.
23rd August 2018, Tutong – The fourth stop for the Outreach Program 2018 “Encompassing Your Future: Ignite the Fire Within” hosted by the Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) and Brunei Religious Officers Students’ Association (BruROSA) was Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong on Thursday, 23rd August 2018. The core of the program remained the same, which was to promote a good mental and physical health while developing the capacity to realise their own potential and choosing their own future path, for sixth form students who will be sitting for their ‘A’ Levels. More than 100 students in their upper sixth joined the session which took place in the afternoon, at the Multipurpose Hall.
The program started off with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Halim Anuar, the writer for BruROSA. This was followed by an opening remark from BSU’s President, Ak Muhammad Hisyam Al-Yura Pg Hj Zainal Abidin. The program officially began with an inspiring speech from Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong’s own alumnus, Teo Zhi Perng who is a recipient of the Sultan’s Scholar currently studying Material Science at Imperial College London. After his speech, the principal of Pusat TIngkatan Enam Tutong, Cikgu Hajah Murni binti Abdullah awarded the speakers with certificates as a token of appreciation. The other motivational speakers who took the stage were Shaimaa Rahman, BSU’s Vice President of Administration and Finance and Abdul Hakim Shukrin, the General Secretary of BruROSA. The students also took part in an icebreaking session and several mini activities led by Ajrul Mail, the Information Secretary of BSU. The day ended with a sharing session, which helped the students to know each other more and learn from each other’s situation as well as take any lessons they could get from the experiences of facilitators.
The program in Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong officially ended with a recitation of Surah Al-Asr, followed by a photo session among the students with BSU and BruROSA members, as well as their facilitators. After that, the Outreach Tour in Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong officially closed.
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21st August 2018, Bandar Seri Begawan – The third venue for the Outreach Program 2018 “Encompassing Your Future: Ignite the Fire Within” hosted by the Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) and Brunei Religious Officers Students’ Association (BruROSA) was Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan. The program lasted for 2 days at the school from 20th of August until 21st August 2018 and took place in the afternoon. The essence of the program remained the same, which was to promote a good mental and physical health while developing the capacity to realise their own potential and choosing their own future path, for sixth form students who will be sitting for their ‘A’ Levels. The students who joined were made up of more than 50 students, both in the upper and lower sixth.
The first day of the program at the school started with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by a welcoming remark from BSU’s President, Ak Muhammad Hisyam Al-Yura Pg Hj Zainal Abidin. This was followed by an icebreaking session as warm up activity. The core of the first day at Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan were the inspirational speeches delivered to the students and the sharing session between the students and their facilitators. The people who delivered a speech on the first day were Shuib Sahraldin, Ajrul Mail, BSU’s Information Secretary and Siti Maisarah Zaliqah binti Awang Haji Ramli, the Vice President of BruROSA, who was also an alumnus of the school. The speeches acted as an encouragement for the students to find their own passion for their prospects and paths in the future. The first day ended with the sharing session, which helped the students to know each other more and learn from each other’s situation as well as take any lessons they could get from the experiences of facilitators. The sharing session was also a way for the students and facilitators to bond, which helped them for the ‘Amazing Race’ that took place the next day.
On Sunday 19th of August 2018, Bruneian society of Loughborough University, LufBru hosted their 12th LufBru Summer Games Futsal Competition. The opening ceremony began with the arrival of the Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia, Puan Nadia Lee Siew Hoon binti Abdullah, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education, and the singing of the National Anthem along with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah. Following this, the president of the LufBru society, Awangku Aiman Zufari bin Pengiran Zaini, gave a speech to show his gratitude towards the Guest of Ho nor, players, volunteers and all the generous sponsors who supported and helped make the event a reality. In his speech he also highlighted how the Lufbru Summer Games was a good means of giving student studying in the United Kingdom a healthy way of spending a part of their long summer holidays and to fuel them with a competitive drive.
The Brunei Student’s Union In U.K. and Eire is proudly announcing a forum called FRAME OF MIND: THE 21st CENTURY YOUTH. The forum will touch onto many different contemporary issues for Employability and Entrepreneurship from. We are inviting a range of speakers that will be able to tackle issues and will give a different views to all the youth today!
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On the 17th of August 2018, Bruneian society of Loughborough University, Lufbru organised their 12th iteration of the Lufbru Summer Games, a sports competition mainly targeted at Bruneian students who study in the United Kingdom. The event started off with a netball competition, which is one of the three sports competitions that will be held in the event. This event was sponsored by 20 different companies, including 4 gold sponsors: DST, KFC, Trane Aire and Sejalin (Bang & Olufsen), 1 silver sponsor: Wistaria Thai, and 15 bronze sponsors: Arkitek Rekajaya, Re-Vita (Liqua Health), Ner Dee Café, Seri Bumi Consultant, Superwater Marketing, James Hon Marketing, MRBC, Spin Date, Plus+ Magazine, Casio Corner Brunei, Ashley Furniture Homestore, Jackhan, Loughborough Student Union, Aewon Garment & Embroidery and Nexploit Services.
After the National Anthem and the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, the opening ceremony continued with a short speech by the president of the Lufbru society, Awangku Aiman Zufari bin Pengiran Zaini, followed by a speech by the Guest of Honor, Cikgu Irmawati binti Haji Ahmad.
During the competition, team Hotshots emerged victorious, closely followed by team Stabilo - Brunotts as the runner-up, with team Beezus as the second runner-up . The top scorer of the event was Nur Haziqah Mazlani with a grand total of 48 goals and the MVP award went to Dk Farah Syazana Pg Anak Hj Ya'akob who was also specially rewarded with a Beoplay A2 active speaker sponsored by Bang & Olufsen.
On the 18th and 19th of August, the Lufbru Summer Games will continue with their badminton and futsal competitions respectively.
The Outreach Tour 2018 with the theme “Encompassing Your Future: Ignite the Fire Within”, hosted by the Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) in collaboration with Brunei Religious Officers Students’ Association (BruROSA) continued in Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong. The program ran for 2 days at the school, from 11th August until the 12th of August. The essence of the program is to promote a good mental and physical health while developing the capacity to realise their own potential and choosing their own future path, for sixth form students who will be sitting for their ‘A’ Levels. The students who joined the program are upper sixth students, who will be sitting for their exams soon. The first half of the tour in Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong was held in the afternoon at the Multimedia Theatre.
The Brunei Students’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) in collaboration with Brunei Religious Officers’ Students Association (BruROSA) hosted the first day of their Outreach Programme 2018 with the theme “Encompassing Your Future: Ignite the Fire Within” at Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah. The event is intended to motivate the students to work into building their future career paths and prospects, whether it involves higher education or other alternatives, while maintaining a good mental and physical health.
The Brunei Students’ Union In U.K. and Eire recently welcomes the arrival of Cikgu Hjh Rozita Hj Ismail, former Student Welfare Officer, Brunei Student Unit, United Kingdom at Brunei International Airport as she ends her term. She has been holding the position as a Student Welfare Officer since 2016. The new Student Welfare Officer is Cikgu Rahimah Haji Mohiddin and will start he term in August of 2018.
1st August 2018, Berakas – The Brunei Sudents’ Union in the UK and Eire (BSU) took part in the 13th National Youth Day Celebration held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas. Students who attended the event were from the high council of the Brunei Students’ Union in the U.K. and Eire and Brunei Religious Officers Student Association (BruROSA). The theme of the National Youth Day this year is ‘Belia Pemacu Brunei Maju’, focusing on fostering an ecosystem that continuously supports young entrepreneurs.