PUJA Student Chapter joined UTB Orientation and CCA Showcase
**This article was written and posted in the website's "Current Affairs" section on July 24, 2019
Monday, 22nd July, 2019 marked the first day of this semester’s Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) orientation week. Over 500 new students, consisting of Undergraduate Degree, Taught Masters and Graduate Research Degree Students, have now become part of the institute’s 2019/2020 intake.
To help them familiarise and adapt to the university’s environment, a five-day programme is organised in which the students are given opportunities to gain further insight on their respective courses, schools and faculty.
Apart from providing tours around campus, Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) booths were also showcased during the first-day of orientation. Through this, it was hoped that the new students will be able to explore the various activities and organisations available at the institution. A total of 38 CCA associations and clubs participated at the event, including Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera & Arkitek (PUJA) Brunei’s UTB Student Chapter.
“We wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to interact with the new intake of students,” says Muhammad Faiz Hamzi bin Aziz Shamri, PUJA-UTB Student Chapter’s Head of Public Relations and Media, as it was a platform for them to gain new members and promote their activities to the public.
Also present at the event was the president of the association, Yang Ming Kian, who gave the guests a brief introduction on the club, as well as their aims and objectives.
The PUJA-UTB Student Chapter was established in 2015, as a means to further strengthen PUJA’s affiliation with UTB and other local technical institutions. This alliance is not only hoped to aid the advancement of technical education in Brunei Darussalam, but it was also aimed at further promoting the country’s Surveying, Engineering and Architecture professions in their contribution towards the national development.
Since then, the student body organisation have been involved in various activities intended to provide its members with opportunities to gain knowledge and experience through their involvement with PUJA. Earlier this year in February, apart from joining the National Day Parade under PUJA, the students also participated in the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services (CCS) 92nd meeting and business networking session. Other events also include the Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong (PTET) career exhibition, site visits, and the recent Berakas Beach Cleanup, which was held in celebration of the launching of the new PUJA Hub in UTB on 29th June, 2019.
The student association currently consists of more than 150 members, and are looking forward to more site visits and activities ahead, including the upcoming annual Engineering Weekend, which is expected to be held in September.