HRH The Prince of Wales applauds “innovative joint programmes of study” at UWIC’s award ceremony in Brunei.
On Saturday 1st November an awards ceremony was held for successful Bruneian students who have studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
The Vice-Chancellor of UWIC, Professor Antony Chapman, was joined by HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam for the award ceremony.
Twenty six Bruneian students received their awards across a range of subjects including environmental health, sport and biomedical sciences. This ceremony was in addition to the annual UWIC degree ceremony held each summer in Cardiff. Prior to his key note address, Prince Charles met members of the UWIC Brunei Alumni Association for an insight into their time spent at Cardiff.
In his address, HRH The Prince of Wales said “I know that UWIC is actively supporting further growth in the number of students coming to Britain with innovative joint programmes of study, and I can only applaud their work.”
After the ceremony, Professor Chapman said: “What made today extra special for all of us, but especially our award recipients, was that they were presented with their scrolls by Prince Charles in his capacity as Chancellor of the University of Wales.“
“We very much value our relationship with Brunei, most notably with the Ministries of Health and Education and the Brunei Sports School. Indeed, the strength of these relationships is evident from the choice of venue for our ceremony - the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam – where we are developing a jointly delivered Bachelors degree in Sports and Physical Education.”
John Phillips, Dean of International Students at UWIC said: “The university is very proud that the success of this year’s cohort of students has been honoured by the attendance of HRH Prince of Wales. Our focus on providing qualifications that are relevant to the needs of International students in countries such as Brunei, has proved a critical factor for us in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Since 1998 we are proud to say that we have had a 0% dropout rate across the many courses that Bruneians have chosen to study at UWIC.”
Nur Ainiedza Haji Idris, a 22yr old graduating student with a BSC Honours degree in Applied Human Nutrition, said: “UWIC is a very welcoming university and I have found all the staff to be incredibly supportive. Cardiff is an ideal city for Bruneians – I was very happy there during the time I spent studying for my degree. Naturally, I am very pleased to be receiving my academic award from HRH Prince of Wales; it is a wonderful day for my family to celebrate my success”.
Note to editors:
HRH Prince of Wales is Chancellor of the University of Wales.
The University of Wales is a confederal university founded in 1893. It has nine accredited institutions throughout Wales including UWIC.
UWIC is the only British University that has an award ceremony in Brunei and its own alumni association in the country.
UWIC has held a graduation ceremony in Brunei every two years since 1998 and currently has over seventy Bruneian students enrolled in 24 different courses. UWIC sends representatives to Brunei three times a year and the university enjoys strong relationships with the Ministries of Education and Health.
Bruneian students have been very successful at UWIC; they benefit from their own excellent school education system which is compatible with that of the UK and they also receive strong support from the government of Brunei.
They settle into life in Cardiff very well and are committed to their studies. There is a vibrant Brunei Students Association which organises important events such as the National Day Celebrations.
The venue for the graduation was the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam with whom UWIC is developing a jointly delivered Bachelors degree in Sports and Physical Education.
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