Congratulations Teah! Chevening Scholar 2014-15

by Reedz on September 22, 2014

On Monday 15 September 2014, the British High Commission hosted a farewell reception for Siti Nurfateha Abdullah who has been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2014–2015 session and will be pursuing her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom this month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei.

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and her family

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and her family

Siti Nurfateha Abdullah will be pursuing a Masters in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London. Employed as a Research Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office, Nurfateha selected Goldsmiths as its Anthropology Department is voted among the best in the UK.

Nurfateha, who is also the co-founder of the non-profit organisation Bruneians:Read and webzine Songket Alliance, said

“Goldsmiths’ Anthropology Department takes a critical view of developed countries’ approach to development. Therefore, discussions and classes will be stimulating as it does not view any one philosophy as absolute, but also takes into consideration societal differences.

Goldsmiths advocates an ethnographic approach to learning about society and basic human rights like education, women’s and children issues, and healthcare. This approach is useful to keep in mind as I will be able to apply what I’ll be learning to Brunei without forgetting its policies, culture and philosophy.

Having previously taken my Bachelor’s Degree at the National University of Singapore, going to the UK will be my first direct exposure to the British education system.

Being awarded the Chevening scholarship was unexpected. I’ve looked up to and been in awe of some of the previous Brunei recipients of the scholarship, so I’m honoured to be a part of that line-up. I’m really looking forward to networking with scholars from other countries’ too! I hope to come back to Brunei bursting with ideas for my work at the Prime Minister’s Office and projects I’m a part of.”

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and Brunei Chevening Alumni

British High Commissioner David Campbell with Siti Nurfateha Abdullah and Brunei Chevening Alumni

The British High Commissioner Mr David Campbell, said:

“I congratulate Siti Nurfateha Abdullah on joining our long list of prestigious Bruneian Chevening scholars. 2014 marks not only Brunei’s 30th Anniversary of Independence, but also the 30th anniversary of the British Government’s Chevening Programme. Thirty years of scholarships around the world have created an influential global network of more than 43,000 Chevening alumni in over 150 countries.”

Applications for the 2015/16 Chevening Scholarships are currently open for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievements which show evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning and contributing to Brunei’s social and economic development by utilising skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for 2014/2015 Chevening scholarship should visit where potential applicants can find out more information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about application and candidate guidance, as well as see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is Saturday 15 November 2014.


Chevening Scholarships Now Open!

3 September 2013

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a one-year Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities, and are awarded to outstanding established or emerging leaders across a wide range of fields including […]

Read the full article →

Bruneian Chevening Scholars Take Part in the British 10k London Run

19 July 2013

On Sunday 14 July 2013, two Chevening scholars from Brunei, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop and Abdul Matiin Kasim, completed the British 10K London Run. The British 10K London Run took place in the heart of central London with its route passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks. Starting on Piccadilly outside The […]

Read the full article →

Chevening Scholar Norali Wrote…

17 December 2012

Looks like it’s my turn this year to share my personal experience as a Chevening scholar! As you read on, you’ll notice it’s going to be slightly different because you’ll be reading from the unique point of view of a scholar who happens to be visually impaired. Though this is round two for me in […]

Read the full article →

Chevening So Far…

13 January 2010

This article appeared in the Brunei Times today. Here’s the “director’s cut” if you will heheh 😉 I’d like to express my thanks to all at FCO, BHC and British Council for all the help and support thus far! It has been over a year but it feels like just yesterday that I applied for […]

Read the full article →