Canadian scholarships up for grabs

Applications for the 2022 – 2023 academic year for SEED Scholarships are now open for Bruneians.

On August 6, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the SEED program, which is short for the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development programme.

It provides students from ASEAN member countries, including Brunei, with short-term opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels in areas that contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Topics in these SDGs include good health and well-being; gender equality; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; and climate action. The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted in 2015 by all United Nations Member States, including Brunei Darussalam, who endorsed the SDGs that year.

High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Jeanette Stovel in a statement said: “There is no limit to the number of applicants from Brunei. The focus of this scholarship is to allow Bruneian students to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the wider ASEAN region.”

The scholarships cover tuition fees, visa and/or study/ work permit fees, return economy airfare from Brunei to Canada, health insurance, living expenses, ground transportation and books and supplies. Since the program was launched back in 2017, there has only been one student from Brunei who was accepted into the programme. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was unable to go to Canada.

The high commissioner added: “It is my fervent wish that we see at least one, but preferably more, students from Brunei as successful scholarship recipients this year. Make the application as early as possible and don’t wait for the last minute, and ensure that the area of study contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.”

This article was first published on 29 January 2022 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 178 |  More stories here


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