Bandar Seri Begawan - The two recipients of the Masters Scholarship Programme under the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for Asean left for Hawi yesterday to commence their graduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Darlin Sia Vui Sue, an officer from the Ministry of Education, and Nur-Al Ashikin Haji Abdullah, an officer from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, have both been awarded the Masters Scholarship following their selection as the best participants of the 2012 batch of the 11- week English Language Programme.
According to a press release from the International and Public Relations Office (IPRO) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Darlin was identified by the facilitators from both Brunei and the US as the best participant from the English for the Teacher-Trainers course whereas Nur-Al Ashikin was the best from the English for the Officers and Diplomats course.
Both have chosen to enrol in the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Masters in Second Language Studies programme for the fall 2013 semester.
The Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for Asean is a five-year project involving close working collaboration between the Government of His Majesty and the US Government. Launched in 2012 by His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the former US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton, this project is managed and coordinated by Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the East-West Center, Hawaii.
This project comprises several programmes, of which the 11-week English Language Programme is the main initiative. From this programme, two Brunei participants who have shown the best overall performance will be awarded scholarships to further their studies at Masters Level in the US under the Project's Masters Scholarship Programme.
By 2017, it is targeted that 10 Bruneians would have been awarded this prestigious scholarship.