On February 26, 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and EducationUSA hosted the sixth U.S. Higher Education Fair in the Songket Hall of the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
The event was launched by U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan Chargé d’Affaires, Scott Woodard, with Guest of Honor Ministry of Education Director General of Education Hajah Anis Faudzulani binti Haji Dzulkiflee.
Chargé d’Affaires Woodard stated, “We applaud the Bruneian students, parents, and officials here this evening for exploring the wide range of opportunities available at U.S. universities and colleges. More international students choose to study in the United States than in any other country. One of the reasons students choose the United States is that American universities lead the world in innovation. Bruneian students can learn to apply new technology in their field through up to two years of real-world work experience in the Optional Practical Training program.”
The Higher Education Fair also featured representatives from the Ministry of Education, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), alumni members from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), the Brunei-U.S. Alumni Association, and U.S. Embassy representatives, and received support from Dart Brunei, a local ride app.
The Fair included representatives from 22 U.S. universities and colleges with diverse educational programs at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. U.S. institutions represented included Bucks County Community College, California State University, College of Lake County, Columbia College Chicago, Elmhurst College, Highline College, Indiana Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, Lane Community College, Miami University, Minnesota State University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio University, Orange Coast College, Paul Smith’s College, Stony Brook University, Temple University, The University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Wisconsin River Falls, Utica College, and Western Kentucky University.
The U.S. Embassy hosted this event in cooperation with EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of prospective international students, at no cost, with accurate and comprehensive information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities.