Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) received 26 students from eight international universities on August 2 to take part in the second session of the fifth year of Global Discovery Programme. The first session was held in May.
The participating universities are King’s College London, University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from Hong Kong, Waseda University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies from Japan, Daejeon University and Sookmyung Women’s University from Korea, and Xiamen University from China.
The Global Discovery Programme (GDP) is an initiative of UBD through the Continuing Education Centre (CEC) which offers international students a chance to explore Brunei’s culture-rich nation, while also providing the opportunity to experience student life in Brunei Darussalam. The programme commenced on August 2 and will continue until August 30.
The GDP is a credit-bearing programme through which students can accumulate up to four credits. For four weeks, the students will undergo four broad themes on language and culture, Brunei history, business and industries, and green science.
Through its activities and lectures, the programme aims to develop students’ international competence and understanding of issues from a different perspective while encouraging positive attitudes toward multiculturalism.
This programme will include educational field trips, which, not only complement the lectures, but are also hoped to enrich the students’ cultural experience’s and foster closer relations with their fellow GDP participants.
A welcoming ceremony was officiated by the Director of Continuing Education Centre, Dr. Yabit bin Alas. According to Dr. Yabit, the GDP programme includes a visit to an Iban longhouse and Niah Cave in Sarawak, Malaysia. This serves to expose the participants to one of the oldest caves in Borneo where trading took place in the past and also to increase their knowledge about Brunei and Borneo.
“The world will be a better place in the future if only many like you experience other cultures by immersing yourself with the local people from other countries,” said Dr. Yabit during his speech.