Crown Prince Dr. Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), inaugurated the UBD Convocation Festival 2023 at the Pro-Chancellor Arts Centre. The festival, which spans a month, was launched with various stage performances, including a sketch titled ‘Riuh-Riuh Konvo’ by the university’s Arabic Language Club and the Pendeta Bahasa Club. Additionally, a sajak composed by UBD lecturer Mohammed Zefri bin Mohamed Zain Arif and performed by Hajib Sarhan was presented, along with a rendition of the official UBD song by the university choir.
During the opening event, His Royal Highness was also bestowed a gift by the Student Representative Council of UBD Students’ Association (PMUBD). A tour of the festival’s showcase, organized by the Student Affairs Section and PMUBD, was undertaken by the Crown Prince. The showcase features four projects in the fields of art and technology, exhibiting the innovative ideas and contributions of current and graduating students. These projects highlight the youth’s involvement in various industries and their commitment to shaping the nation’s future.
In a spiritual gesture to bless the graduating students in their forthcoming endeavors, a Khatam Al-Quran and a Doa Kesyukuran ceremony are scheduled for the following day. The event was attended by dignitaries, including Datin Seri Setia Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, the Minister of Education, and Dr. Hazri bin Haji Kifle, the Vice-Chancellor of UBD, among others.
The UBD Convocation Festival is an annual celebration held before the university’s convocation ceremony. It serves as a platform to honor the achievements and success of graduates while showcasing the innovative ideas and creations of both current and graduating students. The convocation ceremony itself is slated for August 21 at UBD Chancellor Hall. The festival underscores the spirit of innovation, courage, and dedication of Brunei’s youth, propelling them into various fields and industries as they contribute to the nation’s progress.