Updated: Feb 9, 2019
Our story was published on November 19, 2015 in Brunei’s newspaper Borneo Bulletin! Below is the full excerpt of the article written by Hajah Zairah.
“A GROUP of students from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) recently met to discuss plans to set up an Asean student society.
The constitution and the general plans for the first Asean -centred society are under the works and the society is expected to be formally established in December.
Benedict Nisperos, a Chevening scholar recipient and the convenor of the society, said it would serve as a focal point for students belonging to the Asean community to establish and strengthen their networks.
“The society would also serve as kind of a bridge to promote cross-cultural and socio-economic understanding among the Asean student community. It would also serve as a catalyst to promote awareness on the importance of the region to the university students here.”
One of the tentative plans the student society is set to carry out in the coming months is to organise a general meet-up session to discuss ideas and issues facing Asean involving LSE students. The session is going to be facilitated by Singaporean second-year undergraduate His-tory student, Jacelyn Lin.
Jacelyn Lin said that she hoped the society will provide a cultural platform for Asean students to get together, as well as stimulate intellectual interest and debate in affairs of Asean and Asean member states.
Abdul Malik bin Omar, a Brunei government scholar recipient who is studying MSc in Local Economic Development at the LSE, sees the society’s potential in developing students’ leadership abilities and helping foster deep understanding of Asean among members and non-members.
“I am also keen in to promote the Sultanate’s Vision 2035 in the university through this society. I am sure others have the same goals as well for their respective countries,” said the 23-year-old student.”
Link to full article courtesy of Borneo Bulletin: LSE students keen on setting up Asean-centred society.