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By: Dk. Siti Redzaimi Pg. Haji Ahmad / Photo: Hamzah Mohidin
Translated by: Haji Mirazman bin Haji Othman/ Cleared by: Saadiatul Nur Aqilah Haji Jaman
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sunday, April 28. - The Department of Information, through its Nationhood Unit of the Nationhood and Community Division organised the Postgraduate Civic Village Programme for the second time in 2019.
The Opening Ceremony of the Postgraduate Civic Village Programme which took place at the Multipurpose Hall 2, Sungai Kebun Sports Complex, was attended by the Deputy Director of Information, Dayang Hajah Noorashidah binti Haji Aliomar.
In her welcoming speech, the Acting Deputy Director of Information stressed that the participants of the post-graduate civic programme village are the leaders who will continue the survival of the nation and country, in which they need to be given understanding and information on the country's philosophy, aspiration and goals so that they would later be able to balance their academic knowledge.
In line with current developments such as more challenging employment opportunities, participants need to be exposed to a variety of useful knowledge and experience as a job seeker or before entering the working world.
In addition, she said, the programme is expected to be one of the platforms to prepare the participants, especially degree graduates through various future challenges, thus being able to prepare themselves as a visionary generation of high qualities and skills, and are independent without needing assistance from others.
At the same time, she hopes that graduates will be able to think creatively and critically, especially to achieve the Brunei Vision 2035, thus seizing employment opportunities, not only in the government sector, but also in the private sector.
Dayang Hajah Noorashidah also reminded the participants of the programme as citizens of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam continuously enhance their abilities and expertise to play a role in supporting the goals and aspirations of the nation by providing positive contributions as well to be engaged directly, especially as someone who is more intellectual, mature minded and as a role model in the course of everyday life.
The ceremony continued with a briefing on the Civic Village Programme, presented by the Head of Nationhood Unit of the Nationhood and Community Division, Dayang Hajah Hamsah binti Datu Kerna Haji Jaya who shared the schedule, introduction, objectives and courses to be given, a video clip made by the Civic Village Programme alumni of the first session 2019, and concluded with a question and answer session.
The first day the village was held, the participants attended the Ice breaking and team building session, run by Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD).
A total of 15 participants joined the programme, comprising of five male and ten female postgraduates from the Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), as well as postgraduates from foreign universities such as Egypt, United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia.
Participants will camp for six days and five nights at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex, taking part in various activities including briefings and dialogue sessions, visits to government and private departments as well as small and medium enterprises, group brainstorming sessions, teamwork activities, sports and leisure, religious activities and cleaning campaigns.
The Postgraduate Civic Village Programme is one of the Department of Information's annual projects conducted since 1976, which not only focuses on overseas graduates, but is now extended to local graduates who are still unemployed or is interested in becoming an entrepreneur.