BUBA Awards

BUBA Awards 2014

The theme for the BUBA Awards 2014 was Sustainability. Following the success of the 2012 and 2013 awards, the BUBA membership discussed initial ideas for themes for 2014 during the board meeting in February 2014 and the ideas were put to a vote in May 2014. We wanted to change the focus of the awards to give the students a chance to demonstrate their creativity around a theme that affects all our futures – ‘Sustainable Development’. The idea is for students to create a piece of journalism, creative writing or imagery around this broad theme, which could include topics such as Eco-tourism, alternative energy, natural environment, conservation or the flora and fauna of Brunei.

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Winners of the 2014 BUBA Award…

1st prize

“The feasible transformation of Brunei Darussalam and the use of solar power” – Joan Ting Sze Lian, Meragang Sixth Form Centre

2st prize

“Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)” – Hong Ming Lim, Jerudong International School

3rd prize

“Harnessing the power of the sun in the Sultanate” –  Aimin Omar Ali and Amir Yaziid Hakim Md Adam, Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre


The winner was announced on 17th February 2015 at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club during BUBA Award Ceremony. Joan Ting received a cash prize of $2,000 for her essay. The second and third place winners also received cash prizes.

BUBA chairperson Kimberly Tritton said: “BUBA, and the BUBA Awards is a unique collaboration of effort between 52 UK universities the like of which is not seen in any other country around the world. It is, I believe, a true example of what makes UK Higher Education ‘great’.”

Speaking of the latest competition, she said that: “Following the success of the previous awards, the BUBA membership discussed themes for 2014-2015. We wanted to change the focus of the awards from previous years to include an element of creativity, but to still be based around a theme relevant to Brunei, its future development and its place in the world. “Sustainable Development and Protection of the Natural environment are parts of the Brunei 2035 Vision and provided an opportunity for students to give their voice to an issue within Brunei.”

She said that the standard (in the latest contest) was as high as it was in 2012-13 and 2013-2014 with submisisions showcasing originality, creativity and imagination, while also demonstrating the students keen efforts to research, learn and develop current knowldge and ideas. The prizes were distributed by the British High Commissioner to Brunei David Campbell.

See the full story on the Brunei Times website: http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2015/02/18/solar-energy-helps-brunei-student-winessay-contest


Winners of the 2013 BUBA Award…

1st prize

Sky Village – Chen Chen Ho, Justin Thomas and Wei Liang Hi from Jerudong International School

2nd prize

Portal Pte Ltd – Gateway to Innovation – Justin Tan Kian Fook and Wong Chhon Je from Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang

3rd prize

The Buku Cafe – Awg Abdul Muqtadir Bin Awg Hj Suhaimei from Matab Duli

The winners of the BUBA Awards 2014 were treated to a 10 day UK University tour as part of their prize package, which also included $2500 BND.

After taking the long flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to London, Jerudong International School students Justin Thomas, Ho Shing Chen and Wei Liang Hii – accompanied by Dean of Higher Education at JIS, Russell Mann, arrived at Queen Mary University of London tired but ready to start their tour of some of the UK’s leading universities. On day 1 they visited three University of London College’s, Queen Mary, King’s and UCL and met both academic staff from the respective Business Schools and members of the International Office. They then had the weekend to explore London and made the most of it by visiting Trafalgar Square, The Houses of Parliament and taking a trip on the London Eye amongst many other things.The group ended the weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where they watched the 2014 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina.

Monday kicked off with a rush hour journey on the London Underground, an experience in itself, to Waterloo Station to catch a train down to the University of Surrey where they met with staff from the Business School. That afternoon they headed up to University of Reading to discuss study options in Business, Economics and Finance before heading on to Bath where they stayed for the evening. Tuesday morning was spent at the University of Bath, including a tour of one of the UK’s most beautiful City’s, followed by an afternoon at University of Bristol which included a visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, an iconic British landmark.

That evening they headed into Wales where they stayed the night at Cardiff University. Wednesday morning started bright and early with a tour of Cardiff University and meetings with International Office and academic staff before a train journey up to the North West of England to University of Manchester, one of the UK’s largest Universities.

Thursday started before sunrise as the group made their way across the Pennines from North West England to North East and Newcastle University, where they were given a tour and an insight into the undergraduate degrees on offer in Newcastle’s Business School. They then travelled south to the historic city of York where they spent the night after spending the afternoon at the university. Friday saw visits to two institutions in the East Midlands, University of Nottingham and Loughborough University where they were given a tour of the world class sports facilities.

After visits to 13 universities and a tour around much of the UK by train behind them the group headed back down to London for one more night at Queen Mary University of London before catching their flight home to Brunei.

What is the purpose of the BUBA Award?

The purposes of BUBA Awards are:

  • to promote interest and develop understanding of British Universities among Brunei Darussalam students
  • to encourage the participation of students in research or project work on UK universities, which will give them some exposure to and experiences of university studies in general and UK in particular
  • to provide recognition to students who participate, particularly those who show excellent performance in their submitted research or project work.

How do I enter?

Sustainability is a broad theme, giving scope for students to explore an area within sustainability that they are passionate about and to express this passion in a creative way.

Topics to explore could include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Brunei’s natural environment
  • Agriculture/Fisheries/Forestry
  • Alternative energy
  • Eco-tourism

Participants should submit a piece of work in one of the following formats:

  • Written article
  • Piece of video journalism
  • Piece of creative writing
  • Short film
  • Photograph or photographs with accompanying narrative explaining the inspiration behind the image/s

Entries must be submitted to the named contact within participating schools by 9th January, 2015. The winning school entries will go forward to the national competition and need to be submitted to BUBA no later then 30th January 2015. Awards ceremony will take place in February 2015.

How many awards are there?

As in 2013 there will be 2 tiers of awards for 2014:

  • School level – 3 winners at each school ( 1st, 2nd and 3rd).
  • National level – 3 winners overall ( 1st, 2nd and 3rd).

1st Prize winner @ school level will represent his/her school at the national level.

School level:

  • 1st winner – $500.00 and a certificate
  • 2nd winner – $200.00 and a certificate
  • 3rd winner – $100.00 and a certificate

National level:

  • 1st winner – $2000 + BUBA Trophy (for winning school) + plaque + certificate
  • 2nd winner – $1000 + plaque + certificate
  • 3rd winner – $500 + plaque + certificate

How will entries be judged?

More details on the judging criteria will be announced shortly.

Which Schools and Colleges are participating?

The following schools and colleges have confirmed their participation in the BUBA Award in 2014:

  • Pusat Tingkatan Meragang
  • Pusat Tingkatan Tutong
  • Pusat Tingkatan Katok
  • Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali
  • Makta Duli Pg Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah
  • Makab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan
  • International School Brunei
  • Jerudong International School

Why was the BUBA award established?

The aim of BUBA is to promote relationships and develop understanding between British Universities and all Brunei Students who are interested in UK Higher Education. BUBA provides information for Bruneian students about:

  • the differences between UK Universities.
  • the locations of UK Universities
  • the Brunei student communities at different UK Universities
  • how to apply to UK Universities
  • how to contact your University of choice
  • how to meet staff from your University of choice (in Brunei)

BUBA and our member institutions are keen to demonstrate our continued commitment to working with students, educational Institutions and the government of Brunei Darussalam in the future. We have been looking at different ways to do this and the idea of an Award celebrating outstanding Bruneian students had significant support from the Ministry of Education in Brunei and all BUBA members.

The BUBA Executive Committee, the British High Commission,officials from Brunei Darussalam Ministry of Education and key staff in the schools met in late 2011 and early 2012 to agree the criteria for the “BUBA Award”. We would like to thank the Brunei Darussalam Ministry of Education, participating schools and the British High Commission for their support and commitment to helping us implement this competition.

The BUBA Awards were officially launched by the British Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon William Hague MP, and the Brunei Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong, in April 2012.

Congratulations to all the students that entered the 2013 competition. The judges were impressed by the quality of the entries and with the performance of the winners in the Dragons Den style judging panel