His Royal Highness Prince Dr. Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Pro-Chancelor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), consented to attend the opening of UBD’s Convocation Festival.

The festival is held to mark the University’s 27th Convocation. The event was held at the annex of the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah Institute of Science Health in Kg Tungku.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Permanent Secretary for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education (MoE) as the Vice-Chancellor of UBD, Dato Paduka Dr. Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, and the Dean of Students Affairs of UBD, Awang Saidi bin Hj Hitam.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Salim Bin Haji Besar. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince consented to officially declare the Convocation Festival open.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince also consented to tour an exhibition featuring the various activities and interesting events of the UBD graduands in highlighting their studies results. The festival carries the theme “Belia Berinspirasi” (Inspired Youths). The theme demonstrates the youth’s role in contributing to the national economic development through three significant elements, namely Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Skills.

The Entrepreneurial Village showcases economic activities seen as a platform of inspiration, guidance, additional knowledge and lessons. It is supervised by the Al-Hadid Marine Services Sendirian Berhad and Be-Muse Management Services.

An article taken from an old newspaper also attracted the attention of visitors. The story behind it carries its own message. It tells of a father who cannot afford to buy books for his child and collects newspapers as his exercise books.

The Integrated Technologies Faculty showcases two types of exhibits – Sleeping Pattern Monitor and Muscle Cramp Detection. The devices are the outcome of research by the UBD’s students and their supervisors.

Also on display are some fine pottery works. The handicraft reflects the youths need to be cared and loved, as well as given education. Society has a role in giving due attention to problematic children so that they do not feel like outcasts.

The Health Coach exhibition put up by the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Science promotes a mobile phone called Heal-C. The device contains information on health diet and physical activities based on the concepts of Health Behavioral Theories. The application provides consumers with additional knowledge on arranging diet patterns through information on nutritious food as well as physical activities.

A short pencil with a story of its own is also put on display. The item symbolises the love and commitment of its owner in his endeavour to gain education. For the student the pencil belongs to, it is the sole treasure entrusted by his mother to him in his quest for knowledge to improve the family’s standard of living.

Also taking part in the exhibition is the UBD Undergraduates Association with its Language Culture through QR Code. Articles and descriptions about a silk scarf were also put on display. The silk scarf is a symbol of a teacher’s love, empathy, tolerance and firmness towards students.

Minerals and stones such as ‘ofiolith’ collected from the neighbouring state of Sabah, molluscs and corals found in several places in the country are the UBD students’ research materials. They act as the centrepiece of an exhibition by students of the Science Faculty called “A Journey to The Centre of The Earth”. It aims to provide an understanding on the evolution of the various stones and minerals.

The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education showcases a piece of old clothing. It tells of a story of a poor student who cannot afford to buy new clothes. His dire condition inspired a teacher to serve the country and people by helping the poor.

It is hoped that the festival will attract and inspire Bruneians to contribute towards the education of the nation’s youth’s inline with the National Vision 2035, to produce educated and highly skilled people. The festival is an annual activity organised by the Student Affairs Section with the cooperation of UBD Students Association in conjunction with the university’s 27th Convocation Ceremony on September 9, 2015.