As part of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) initiative to provide a conducive environment for academic learning on campus, UBD organised The Convo Run & Cycle on the 23rd October 2016 in conjunction with the 28th UBD Convocation. The event is one of the activities to celebrate the graduating class of 2016 as well as to promote a healthy lifestyle. “healthy lifestyle, healthy minds” – is a concept that UBD strongly embraces. The UBD Convo Run & Cycle was divided into four (4) categories and included more than 800 participants.
Present as the Guest of Honour was Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education. Also present in the UBD Convo Run & Cycle are Minister of Communication, Rector of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei, and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education.
The event was preceded by a warm up session followed by aerobics, running and cycling in their respective categories. Throughout the event, UBD students from UBD Parkour Club, Phonemic Club, Karate and Kendo Club showcased several activities and performances.
Concurrently, UBD Sports Complex is also one of the pit stop for the 65 long-distance cyclists who participated in the Cycling Expedition led by Minister of Health in conjunction with the celebration of the 18th Anniversary of the official opening of Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital.
The UBD Convo Run & Cycle 2016 received support from Friends of UBD such as Aewon, Bake Culture, Mas Supreme, Fitness Zone, Alif Technologies, Technonet, City Neon, Ilufah, Triple Star, Nadj Restaurant, PMUBD, Nyonya Restaurant and Massutera Engineering Sdn Bhd. The proceeds of the event will be donated to the Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources Brunei Darussalam (SMARTER Brunei).
UBD recognises that an institute for academic learning is also a place to learn and practice holistic aspects of life. In its advocacy for health mindset, healthy culture and healthy practices, UBD has held a university-wide approach on its weekly fitness activities on Wednesdays at 4.30pm that started eight months ago. The weekly event brings together all students, staff and visitors to participate in a range of fitness activities such as running/jogging, cycling, high intensity trainings and yoga, to promote health for the body and mind. The initiative is also a ground for the staff, students and visitors to network and collaborate, as well as to promote harmony and friendship within the UBD community. One of UBD’s principles lies in holistic health, which encompasses physical and environmental health.
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