Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) marked the change of leadership of the UBD Students' Association (PMUBD) by appointing members of the new Student Representative Council for 2017/2018 in a ceremony held at the Senate Room, Chancellor Hall. The same ceremony also saw the official dissolution of the Student Representative Council 2016/2017.
Officiating the dissolution and new appointment of the Student Representative Council was Hjh Rubiah Hj Yacub, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor (Corporate & Administration) and Registrar & Secretary of UBD.
The Dean of Students, Saidai Hj Hitam, in his welcoming address, thanked the former Student Representative Council and acknowledged their service, contribution and sacrifice towards the development of PMUBD and the realisation of PMUBD's vision and mission, in line with that of UBD.
The former council members were presented with a token of appreciation, followed by the official introduction of, and subsequently presentation of the official appointment letters, to the new Council members before taking their Student Council oath.
Hjh Rubiah urged the newly elected PMUBD members to be proactive in holding and attending activities within and outside of the university. Welcoming the future leaders, she highlighted that their positions in the association are "amanah" (responsibilities) that must be fulfilled with vigour and commitment as their experience can then be channeled towards UBD's Vision 2020 and ultimately Brunei Darussalam's Wawasan 2035.
Elected as President for the second consecutive year, Mohd Ashmeer Imtiaz Ahmad shared that the obstaclesand challenges faced by the Council over the previous term helped to make them stand stronger as a team. He also shared with the new Council members that "a leader is only as good as his team" and that the association is an ideal platform to become learned leaders.
The Student Representative Council election campaign is held annually. This year, it started in late September where successful nominees had to go through a four-day Leadership Course before they can elect and vote among themselves on who will hold the available posts.
The course included, among other things, an introduction to the function of the Student Affairs Section, PMUBD and the Council, and how collectively they work together to support the strategic initiatives of UBD. In addition, they also learned about the PMUBD Constitution, leadership qualities, administrative procedures of UBD as well as financial procedures and regulations. Teambuilding activities at the Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) were also arranged as part of the course to strengthen their bond as a team.
This appointment will give the students first-hand experience and exposure on how student leadership operates in a university setting and to develop relevant soft skills within their posts, before embarking as future leaders of the nation.
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