The Inspiring Hall in the Student Centre of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hosted a friendly debate between UBD and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Malaysia on 17th April 2017.
The event was a result of a collaboration between the respective Student Council Chief Executives of International Relations from UBD and UPSI in the hopes of fostering closer ties between the two institutions of higher learning while encouraging students to feel confident in front of an audience, debating in Malay.
Present as the guest of honour and officiating the debate was the Acting Assistant Director (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Ali Hamdani Hj Md Diah. Also present in the audience was the Dean of Student Affairs Saidi Hj Hitam, staff and students.
The notion of the debate was "Undergraduates are the driving force in the integration of the ASEAN community" where UBD took the proposition side whereas UPSI were the opposition. The two teams took turns delivering their points, providing quick and witty rebuttals to passionately stand by their case.
Representing UBD were first year students Mohd Nasri Hj Mohd Tahir (Bachelor of Arts), Siti Nur Rafhanah Awang Masri (Bachelor of Arts) and Mohammad Amir Syahmi Hj Mohammad Noorefendy (Bachelor of Science). Debaters from UPSI included Izzah Mardhiya Mohammad Isa (Bachelor of Education in Physics), Ku Muhamad Syafiq Ku Mohd (Bachelor of Education in Bahasa Melayu) and Mahendran S/O Duraisamy (Bachelor of Education in Business Administration), who was named best debater for the event.
Heading the UPSI delegation, this was the first programme by Student Council Chief Executive of International Relations Nur Khuzaira Umar. "I hope events like this can improve debating skills in the Malay language," she said. "We must do everything with great enthusiasm and as debaters, this can transform ourselves, making us better communicators."
UBD's Student Council Chief Excecutive of International Relations Nor Khalid Hj Muhd Khairol Alaika hopes that the event would mark the beginning of many future exchanges between the two universities and even tighten bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.
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