His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Launches Pesta Konvo UBD 2018

In its annual grand celebration of the Convocation, the Pesta Konvo UBD 2018 kicked off on 16th August, 2018 with a showcase of innovative and creative student and alumni projects and entrepreneurial endeavours at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam Botanical Research Centre. The festival will be held for one month.

The festival was officially launched by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Pro Chancellor of UBD. The opening ceremony was also attended by the UBD Council Members; Deputy Minister of Education, Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah Haji Mohd Salleh; Vice-Chancellor of UBD, Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina POKLWDSS Hj Awg Abdul Aziz; foreign dignitaries and prominent officials from government agencies.

Following the official opening of the Pesta Konvo, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince consented to plant a tree on the Botanical Research Centre grounds. Locally known as Keruing Sindur or Resak Kerangas, the Dipterocarpus borneensis V Slooten is native to Brunei but is a threatened endemic species to Borneo due to agricultural expansion and logging activities. It is the only dipterocarpus species that occurs in a tropical heath forest.

This year's Pesta Konvo theme "I.L.M" stands for Innovation, Leadership and Mastery. When pronounced as "ilm", it shares its meaning with the Arabic term and Malay word "ilmu" which means knowledge. It highlights the importance of innovation which has significant benefits to a society. Innovation attests to the originality and ingenuity of UBD's research work and knowledge creation, which culminates in being leaders and masters of knowledge. The three qualities will ensure a well-educated and highly-skilled workforce and the development of a dynamic and sustainable national economy.

This year, UBD aims to explore its collective knowledge and research to focus on one of its key strengths, which is in the field of Environmental and Biodiversity research, sustainable development and green energy.

Organised by the Student Affairs Section and UBD Students' Association (PMUBD), with the assistance from the Office of Promotion and Events Management (OPEM), Pesta Konvo hosts a variety of exhibitions to celebrate the success of its current and graduating students. Some of the highlights of the exhibition include the Coat Guard 003, a product licensed for commercialisation to a UBD spin-off company Smart Coating Technologies Sdn Bhd; bioactivities of food products derived from stingless bees (lebah kelulut); phytochemical and biological studies of Pawas (litsea elliptica); diversity of seaweeds in Brunei and their potential for commercialisation; and one-arm wheelchair.

The opening ceremony also saw the presentation of Pesambah from the Student Representative Council of UBD Students' Association (PMUBD) to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, handmade by a UBD alumni.

Among other things, the Khatam Al-Quran and thanksgiving prayer will be held on 21st August to bless the graduating students in their future endeavours. Activities to enliven the month include sports competitions, PMUBD Carnival, Healthy Living Week, and World Wide Week which will showcase the diversity of international culture in UBD.

The Pesta Konvo is held yearly in the run-up to the Convocation Ceremony to celebrate UBD graduates' success and achievements while showcasing ideas and creations by its current and graduating students. Each year, Pesta Konvo brings different themes and exhibitions of students' works to reflect their respective themes. The 30th Convocation Ceremony is scheduled to take place on 29th August at the Chancellor Hall, in which graduates will receive their scrolls.

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