Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hosted the first "UBD Plantastique Day", an event aimed to encourage giving back to the university by contributing plants through the "Give a Plant to University". In addition, the event was also held to promote the UBD Botanical Research Centre (UBDBRC) and Simpur Herbal Café to the public.
UBD Plantastique Day was co-organised by the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA) and UBDBRC, with the support of Simpur Herbal Café and UBD School of Business and Economics Student Council. A total number of 43 plant hobbyists attended the event including UBD staff, students, alumni and the general public. The highlight of the event was the "Plant Swap" activity where plant owners swapped their plants while sharing their knowledge on plants and gardening. UBD alumni Salmiah Hj Sabtu and Hjh Siti Hawa Hj Saban were the most enthusiastic participants of the day, donating a sizeable number of plants to the UBDBRC. Some of the donated plants included local herbs which can be studied in the near future.
Participants were then treated to a group tour to the UBDBRC, home to several hundred species of plants. Apart from conducting research activities, UBDBRC is also engaged in education and outreach activities, showcasing their in-house collections of medicinal plants and exchanging ideas with alumni and public on forest conservation. Local plant as well as food and beverage vendors were invited to the event.
The event concluded with networking among the alumni and participants at the Simpur Herbal Café. UBD Plantastique Day hopes to strengthen the ties between alumni, members of the public and the university by cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship, including opportunities for creative collaborations.
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