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First Students from SE Asia Join SAF Programs

Earlier this year Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) joined SAF, the first Southeast Asian university to do so. UBD leads a group of three small, very focused, well funded and very selective universities in Brunei, a small sultanate on the island of Borneo. The first UBD students joined SAF program options in Australia, the UK and USA in fall 2013. In neighboring Malaysia SAF has identified a small group of universities - some from the country's strong emerging private higher education sector - which is expected to join the SAF International University Network in 2014. In Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau interest is focused on SAF's International Career Development Programs (internships), but it is expected that university and student interest will broaden. Work with universities in SE Asia is being done from SAF's Country Office in nearby Taiwan. It is expected that in early 2014 SAF will have a staff member permanently based in the region and soon thereafter will open a small office in Brunei.

UBD students studying at UC-Berkeley

UBD’s Discovery Year Connects with SAF

In a MoU signing ceremony on November 7, 2012, the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) joined the SAF International University Network.  Founded in 1985, UBD is the oldest, flagship university of the small Sultanate of Brunei. The university (current enrollment approximately 3,000) recently established Discovery Year to facilitate personal, academic and professional growth opportunities for their students through community-based, international education and internship programs abroad.  

Discovery Year began in 2011, and in 2012 55% of UBD undergraduates joined the program.  UBD anticipates 80% participation in 2013, and SAF is honored that our International University Network will contribute to meeting the demand for expansion and quality programming.  

It is SAF's great pleasure to begin our cooperation with UBD and its Discovery Year.

UBD Signing

Last Updated: 4/8/14