Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) received a donation of books from the Royal Thai Embassy as part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Brunei Darussalam.
Presenting the books to UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz during a ceremony held at the Business Library, UBD was Her Excellency Wantanee Viputwongsakul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam.
The books donated by the Royal Thai Embassy to the UBD Library were on diverse topics including Thai language, history, arts and heritage, architecture and design, nature and wildlife, ASEAN as well as Thai cuisine.
The donation symbolises the close relationship in education, culture and arts between Brunei Darussalam and Thailand. One of the highlights of this close relationship is when UBD received a royal visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand on 31st October 2018. During the visit Her Royal Highness and her entourange that included military officers and 35 Year Four cadets from the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy attended a briefing session by UBD, Ministry of Primary Resources and Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry. Her Royal Highness and her entourage also visited the UBD Botanical Research Centre.
UBD has collaboration with top higher education institutions in Thailand. This includes Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Burapha University, and Prince of Songkla University that are also UBD's partner universities under ASEAN Universities Network (AUN). Since 2011 when the first group of UBD's GenNext Degree students embarked on their Discovery Year, UBD has sent students to Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Thammasat University, Kasertsart University and Chiang Mai University. Thailand has been one of the top five destinations of choice of students to carry out their Discovery Year. Reciprocally, UBD has seven full time students from Thailand, taking Bachelor Degree, Master as well as PhD.
In 2018, UBD also received a total of 81 students from Thailand where the students spent a minimum of four weeks studies with UBD enrolling in the short term programme called Global Discovery Programme, to learn about Brunei culture and tradition, as well as to learn English language.
The Embassy's book donation project is hoped to enrich the reading resources on Thailand at UBD Library that can support teaching and learning, research conducted in UBD as well as benefit UBD students and those who are interested to learn more about Thailand for their studies.
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