Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) welcomed 1,039 students, which includes 26 PhD, 230 Masters, and 618 Undergraduates (including 165 students who are proceeding to undergraduate degree from UniBridge January 2019), for the first intake of the academic year 2019/2020 during the annual Freshers' Week.
Freshers' Week is UBD's bi-annual event where new students are briefed on important matters related to academic and non-academic life in university and what UBD has to offer. The four-day orientation program is organized by Student Affairs Section, in collaboration with Student Representative Council 2018/2019 aided by volunteers comprised of UBD students. The official opening ceremony and Vice Chancellor's Special Address took place as an official welcoming to the new students. As part of the welcome, the new students took their oath as UBD Students, in front of UBD senior management and principal officers as well as their parents.
The Vice Chancellor's Special Address was delivered by Hajah Rubiah Haji Yacub, Acting Vice Chancellor. This was followed by briefings related on their academic needs such as the GenNEXT programme, module registration procedure, and examination regulations. New students were also briefed on the modules offered as they were introduced to the faculty members, especially their respective Deans, Deputy Deans, Programme Leaders as well as the Assistant Registrars, of their respected faculties.
"As a university, we aim to empower holistic and well-rounded leaders through innovative education and enterprising research, driven by national aspirations and guided by the values of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB)," said Hajah Rubiah. "UBD has invested in various resources so that you can accomplish your goals in line with Wawasan 2035 which aims to prepare you for employment and success in a world that is increasingly competitive and knowledge-based. UBD has endeavoured and shall continue to provide facilities in the form of high quality teaching and top notch facilities."
The second day of Freshers' Week included activities conducted by the Executive of Spiritual and Religious Affairs (EKK, Eksekutif Keugamaan dan Kerohanian), a talk on Social Health Awareness by the Brunei Darussalam Aids Council (BDAC). Development and preparation opportunities for their future careers, offered by the Centre for Networking, Employment and Career Training (CoNECT), and followed by a Safety & Security On Campus briefing by The Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE). The new students was introduced to the UBD Students' Association, where the focus was more on non-academic and skills development of students as well as the extra-curricular activities that are offered in UBD.
On the third day, a briefing from the Office of Student Services was conducted followed by Bicara Ulum Ad-din where invited speaker Sharifah Khadijah Al-Khaff talked on "Al-Akhlak". The new students were then briefed on what they need to know about being a UBD student which covers the Welfare, Academic Assistance Services, Non-Academic Development Programs, religious requirements among others and ended the day with sports activities by the Student Activity and Development Unit (SADU) and Executive of Sports and Recreation (ESR)
On the final day, the new students were given a talk on Road Safety Awareness by PEMODA, followed by a talk on Entrepreneurship Education by Entrepreneurship Village, UBD. There was also be a briefing regarding the library by the staffs, before going on their Library Tour. Muslim students were taken to recite the Surah Yassin and Doa Selamat after Zuhur prayers at the UBD Mosque. To close the four-day orientation program, a briefing on the Brunei Government Scholarship for scholarship applicants was carried out, followed by a sharing session on Discovery Year at the Chancellor Hall and briefing for graduate students in the Senate Room.
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