UBD Freshers Week for August 2021 intake

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) welcomed a total of 1,057 students for the first intake of the 2021/2022 academic year during Freshers Week which began on 26th July at Chancellor Hall in UBD.

This year's Freshers Week will run until 29th July 2021. Freshers Week is organised by the Students' Affairs Section (SAS) with support from the Student Representative Council (SRC) and volunteers. It aims to introduce newly enrolled students to the relevant matters of their studies and formally welcome them to university life.

The new intake comprises 664 undergraduate students, 279 graduate students; with 234 students pursuing a Master's degree and 45 in the PhD programme. The intake also included 114 Unibridge students.

On 26th July, a number of briefings on relevant matters were conducted by UBD officers. This included talks about CANVAS, which is the online learning-management system used by UBD, the GenNext system, module registration & examination and the Brunei Government Scholarship. On the same day, the three-day PMUBD showcase was launched at the basement of Chancellor Hall. The event showcases all the clubs, student bodies and executives that UBD offer and allows new students to be recruited. The first day of Freshers Week concluded with a talk about mental health by a counsellor from the Students' Affairs Section.

The Vice Chancellor's address and students' oath-taking was held on the morning of 27th July. The events are an official welcome to the newly enrolled students. The Vice Chancellor's address was delivered by Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, the Vice-Chancellor of UBD, and Guest of Honour of the event. Afterwards, the students took their oath in front of UBD senior management principal officers and invited guests.

After the students were formally welcomed into the university, they were then divided into their registered faculties to introduce them to faculty members, particularly the respective Deans, Deputy Deans, Programme Leaders, Assistant Registrars as well as Discovery Year Coordinators. Subsequently, the mentioned faculty members then explained more on the faculty's subjects and modules, as well as other related academic matters. Additionally, members of the student councils or student bodies of each faculty also conducted ice-breaking activities and a faculty tour for the new students.

In the afternoon, students participated in the HIV Awareness Programme for Peers & Youth (HAPPY) Programme which was organised by the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council. Subsequently, DSP Dayang Norkhatijah binti Haji Zainal, Acting Head of Royal Brunei Police Force's (RBPF) Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit delivered a talk about sexual harassment awareness.

A campus tour will be held on 28th July to introduce the undergraduates to the university's buildings and grounds. This includes a tour of the university library, in which the new students will be briefed and shown the variety of services offered for them. On the same day, students will also visit the UBD Sports Complex and participate in a sports activity.

On the final day of Freshers Week, a number of briefings will be conducted to familiarise the new students with the services offered by the university and other relevant matters. This includes a talk on Health & Safety by the Office of Health, Safety and Environment (OSHE), introduction to Entrepreneurship Village (EV), Students' Affairs Section (SAS), Office of Student Services (OSS), Centre of Networking, Employment and Career Training (CoNECT), the Office of Alumni Relations & Advancements (OARA), and Persatuan Mahasiswa Mahasiswi Universiti Brunei Darussalam (PMUBD), which is UBD's student association. Freshers Week will end with a Bicara Ulum, Doa Selamat and Asar mass prayer at Masjid Universiti, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

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