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November 14, 2008

I still think that we, Bruneians are blessed. We have among the best healthcare system in the region and free education. In education, many would have chosen to pay privately though I can’t say if this means that we are a rich lots as there are a number of education loans available.

Over the years, I have noticed on the increasing number of scholarships available right from the ‘O’-levels up to even PhDs. The new kids on the block in the past couple of years are the Ministry of Defence’s scholarships and the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Apart from the locally-funded scholarships, Bruneians are also offered scholarships from other Governments, like the Japanese Government which have been funding Bruneians for the past 20 years. Then there’s also the prestigious Chevening Scholarships from the UK Government where an elite group of global Chevening scholars await those who are awarded the scholarships. Read more from this site as application is now open for next year’s session.

The US also grant its Fullbright Scholarship to Bruneians and almost each year, at least one Bruneian would go to the US for a post-graduate study there. Then there’s the Australian Government offer; Singapore’s … have I miss any?

Please correct me if I am wrong but I think Brunei may be the only country in the world whose students are spoilt with education allowances. I am not complaining or wet, hot towels will be thrown to me.  I am just really grateful for this and the many scholarships available. Alhamdullilah. If I have the opportunity I would like to further my studies till I cant study anymore. Yes, even to China.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2008 11:21 am

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  2. Hidayah Osman permalink
    November 14, 2008 7:53 pm

    I agree on how Brunei’s government, ministries, etc are becoming more and more generous with giving away the educational scholarships. They’re even becoming more lenient than previous years!

    I’m hoping this generosity is part of a bigger scheme whereby Brunei is actually investing in their human capital so that they have something to keep the country going once the oil runs out.

    Though…I’m still not that huge about recipients who belong to the upper-upper class are still getting the scholarships…serius deh~ But then, that’s just me 😀

  3. Ramble On permalink
    November 17, 2008 2:32 pm

    Yes Hidayah. Spot on, hopefully this would mean that Brunei is investing in its human resources albeit small. What Brunei need is, err, more qualified Bruneians. So yes to more scholarships and all the best for the SPN21. I have yet to grasp whats the buzz is all about, this SPN21. Until then…

  4. December 16, 2008 4:00 am

    I wouldn’t say that brunei is the only country that’s giving out education allowances. Our neighbours are doing that as well. I would say that it is A LOT easier to get scholarships as a Bruneian compared to neighbouring countries – and i somehow know that their allowances significantly higher. But we don’t pay tax so there’s nothing to complain. Nevertheless, we see people with CCC in A levels getting scholarships to go overseas. This is rarely seen elsewhere as there is just too much competition for the scholarships.

    While it will definitely get Brunei more graduates in the future, the actual quality of our scholars is still questionable.

    Brunei is probably still not ready for this but you might be aware a number of singapore scholarships are given to non-citizens who excel in their field, on the condition of a working bond as well as taking up the singaporean citizenship. Of course there are issues regarding foreign talent..

    • Ramble On permalink
      December 25, 2008 11:31 pm

      Great info yang. Yes I am aware about quantity over quality but Brunei still need more professional and skillful human resources and our population is very small. I also am aware that there are ASEAN Scolarships offered by the Singapore Government. This is good. Thanks for dropping by yang. Nice blog you have there too.

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