HRH attends UBD army cadets' training

In the military: HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (2nd L) with some of the female cadets during a parade at the launching of UBD Army Cadet programme, yesterday. Picture: BT/Zamri Zainal

Sunday, February 22, 2009

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has established its first batch army cadets yesterday, the first for a higher institution in the Sultanate.

Among members of the women platoon was Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, who joined the programme last August.

Set up with the collaboration of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), the establishment of UBD army cadets was part of activities supported by the Extra-Curricular Unit of UBD Student Affairs (Hal-Ehwal Pelajar, HEP).

A number of activities were conducted for the cadets as part of the training, included march past, the use of radio and signals, among others, which were provided by the RBAF.

Acting Vice Chancellor for UBD, Dr Zohrah Hj Sulaiman, said that by joining extra -curricular activities, students could gain benefits which would be useful for their future.

"This will give students an opportunity to cultivate a lifestyle even after they finish their studies as well as be more specialised in the area they chose," the guest of honour said.

She added that their involvement in these activities are in accordance with the Ministry of Education's (MoE) objective to mould them into well-rounded students.

"The students will inherit leadership skills as well as equipped with the skills of the 21st century," she said.

She also congratulated both parties namely the Student Affairs of UBD as well as RBAF on their success in the launch.

According to Acting Dean of Students, Dr Hj Ramlee Hj Tinkong, the number of female cadets this year has exceeded the number of their counterparts.

"There are a total of 18 women cadets and 16 men cadets," he said.

As the launch of the Army Cadets was a first in terms of higher education as well as the first of uniformed groups to be formed under HEP, he said. He hoped this would open a window of opportunity for other uniformed groups to be formulated.

"Insyallah, in the future we will see more uniformed groups establish themselves," he added.

He also reassured that the HEP will always support these activities either in thespiritual or physical aspects for the long-term benefit of the students.

An exhibition was also put up displaying pictures of the cadets' activities with the RBAF throughout the programme. Also present were Pg Dato Paduka Hj Azman Sham Pg Hj Mohamad, the deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Dk Hjh Mastoli Pg Seri Indera Pg Hj Ismail, MoE Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary as well of officers of the RBAF and UBD. (SHR1)

The Brunei Times