21 Scholars under Batch 5 of Hengyi Industries – IBTE Joint Scholarship Programme departs for Lanzhou to continue their studies

Brunei International Airport, 19 September 2023 – Twenty-one (21) Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) scholars pursuing a Diploma in Refinery Operator under the Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd (Hengyi Industries) and IBTE Joint Scholarship Programme are heading to the People’s Republic of China to continue their studies at Lanzhou Petrochemical University of Vocational Technology (LPUVT).

Hengyi Industries’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Chen Lian Cai, CEO/Director of IBTE, Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Mr. Xiao Jianguo were present at the send-off ceremony to bid farewell to the scholars.

“I feel honoured to have been chosen for this scholarship to study at LPUVT,” said Muhammad Fahmi bin Khairussyakirin, one of the IBTE scholars departing for Lanzhou. “It is quite scary to travel far from my family and live in a different environment. Nonetheless, I will work hard to fulfil my responsibility as a son and proud citizen of Brunei Darussalam.”

Wong Kah Yung, another scholar, expressed his excitement on the journey ahead. “I am very excited as it is a dream every student can ever ask for. A great opportunity that can make me truly more independent as a person and student. Most importantly, I can experience another studying environment and meeting new friends. I am excited for what lies ahead for me.”

Also sharing their excitement is Allysha Sim Yao Ching, who said, “The excitement in me going to LPUVT is that I have the chance to get more knowledge and cultivate my own skills in the course that I'm taking. While it is scary as I have to leave my own safe haven which includes leaving my home and parents, I'm truly grateful to be given this opportunity.”

On 14 September 2023, these students are the fifth batch who were awarded scholarships under the Hengyi Industries, IBTE and LPUVT Joint Scholarship Programme. Established in 2018, the programme is part of Hengyi’s Future-Ready Initiative with the aim of empowering local talents with the knowledge and skills required to become future leaders of the Petrochemical Industry.

The Joint Scholarship Programme offers a three-year Diploma in Refinery Operator course, with one year of academic study at IBTE Jefri Bolkiah Campus, one year of study with LPUVT in Lanzhou, and one year of industrial training (on-the-job) with Hengyi Industries at Pulau Muara Besar. Upon completion and graduation from the programme, the scholars will be expected to join Hengyi Industries and begin their career in the petrochemical industry.

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