Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in collaboration with the Embassy of The Republic of The Union of Myanmar in Brunei Darussalam launched Myanmar Week in conjunction with Myanmar's National Day.
To mark the occasion, several activities were lined up during Myanmar Week to promote understanding on the coutnry's education system and cultural background to the UBD community.
One of the highlights of Myanmar Week, His Excellency U Htin Lynn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Republic of The Union of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam donated Myanmar teak saplings (tectona grandis) to UBD Botanical Research Centre. Tectona grandis is native to south and southeast Asia, mainly in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka. Myanmar's teak forests are a national treasure of the country, accounting for nearly half of the world's naturally occurring teak.
Myanmar Week kicked off with the launching ceremony of Myanmar Cuisine Week at Simpur Cafe, UBD by Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, the Vice Chancellor of UBD and the Ambassador of The Republic of The Union of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam. During the week, Simpur Cafe served authentic Myanmar cuisine to its patrons. The delicacies included Mandalay Pae Kyaw (Black Eye Bean Fries), Myanmar Coconut Chicken Noodles, and desserts such as Hto Mont, La Mont and Sweet Rice Balls.
The week also featured a talk by His Excellency U Htin Lynn with the title "Myanmar Today" to introduce Myanmar's education system and cultural background to students and staff at the Inspiring Hall, UBD.
His Excellency shared that the mission of promoting bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar must begin with building understanding and friendship not only between government officials but also with peoples, individuals and institutions including intellectuals and academia.
UBD is partnered with the Yangon Institute of Economics, University of Yangon and University of Mandalay through the ASEAN University Network (AUN). On 17th September 2019, UBD received book donations from the Embassy of The Republic of The Union of Myanmar as part of an effort to foster greater understanding on Myanmar as a member of ASEAN.
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