Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) welcomes a total of 436 students, which consists of 29 PhD, 140 Masters, 228 Undergraduates and 39 Unibridge students for the second intake of the academic year 2019/2020 during Freshers' Week which began on 30th December 2019, at the Chancellor Hall, UBD.
Freshers' Week is UBD's biannual event in which new students are briefed on essential matters relevant to academic and non-academic life in university and what UBD has to offer. The four-day orientation program is organised by UBD's Student Affairs Section, in collaboration with Student Representative Council 2019/2020 assisted by volunteers comprised of UBD students. The official opening ceremony and Vice Chancellor's Address took place on 30th December 2019 officially welcoming the new students. During the ceremony, the new students took their oath as UBD Students, witnessed by UBD Senior Management Team, Principal Officers as well as their parents.
The Vice Chancellor's address was delivered by Hajah Rubiah binti Haji Yacub, Acting Vice Chancellor. This was followed by briefings that are relevant for their academic needs, such as briefings on UBD's GenNEXT programme, Brunei Government Scholarship and, Module Registration and Examination. Then, the students were divided according to their faculties and introduced to their faculty members, particularly the Deans, Deputy Deans, Programme Leaders, Assistant Registrars as well as Discovery Year Coordinators to hear more on the respective faculty's subjects and modules, as well as other related academic matters.
On the following day, a talk was conducted named 'What You Need to Know About Being A UBD Student' which covers students' needs in UBD, particularly regarding welfare, academic assistance, non-academic development programs, religious requirements and others. The new students were then 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. The PMUBD Showcase was also organised to showcase the variety of Executives, Clubs and Student Bodies so the students had a more in-depth knowledge on the respective associations. The PMUBD Showcase was held at the Chancellor Hall's Basement, together with the launching of PMUBD's new website.
The third day of Freshers' Week included development and preparation opportunities for the new students' future careers, offered by the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA), and the Centre for Networking, Employment and Career Training (CoNECT). Following that, a Bicara Ulum Ad-Din talk of was delivered by an invited speaker. A briefing on UBD's library was conducted, followed by a Library Tour for students to have more insight on the library for ease in their studies. This was then followed with a walking campus tour which led the students to Masjid Universiti, UBD for the Mass Zohor Prayer, and recitation of Surah Yassin and Doa Selamat. In the afternoon, students were given safety talks by a non-government organisation, Beach Bunch; followed by a sports activity conducted by Student Activity and Development Unit (SADU), and Executives of Sports and Recreation (ESR).
On the final day of Freshers' Week, students were given a talk by the Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) regarding security and safety on campus. Invited speakers from Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council also gave talks on social health which was followed by a talk titled "Transitioning from Students to Young Professionals" by UBD Guild of Graduates. To close the four-day orientation, undergraduate students had their sharing session on Discovery Year which was given by students who recently returned from their Discovery Year, whilst graduate students were given a briefing specifically for their post-graduate studies. At the end of Freshers' Week, students were given their student card verification slip for them to collect their UBD student card.
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