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Bruneian Alumni Testimonials

Here some of our Bruneian Alumni share their experiences of Loughborough, what they are up to now and how their university experience helped them get there.

Ida Zetty Yasmin Patera

What course did you study?

BSc. In Mathematics, Accounting and Financial Management
MSc. In Information Technology

What year did you graduate?

2009

What are you doing now?

I’m in my 4th year working at BAG Networks as an Analyst – moving around various IT and Service projects. I’m also super active with the Ultimate Frisbee scene here, hosting and organising a number of yearly international tournaments and leagues. 

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough?

I came to Loughborough through clearing – it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Since Loughborough is a sports university, I knew I’d feel right at home. 

What was your favourite thing about studying at Loughborough?

I enjoyed the walks to and from Uni every morning, it’s a different environment to what I am used to in Brunei – we use cars to go everywhere. The Bruneians held a number of activities such as bi-monthly bbqs and weekly sports sessions so we weren’t homesick very often. I spent a lot of my free time organising group trips and events for LufBru (LSU Brunei Society) where I was the founding chair.

How do you feel your Loughborough degree helped you to get where you are now?

I initially started out with a degree in Mathematics, Accounting and Financial Management, before venturing into Information Technology for my masters. I work for an IT and Services company now, and having both degrees have helped me tremendously. I am able to manage my books accordingly and helping my family with their P&Ls and balance sheets – and I am able to perform well at my job because of the skills I learnt (e.g. MySQL and other languages) while I was doing my masters. I have a better understanding for management from my degree which in turns help me give better services for my clients and managing expectations. 

What advice would you give students looking at studying in the UK?

Don’t rush, look and research thoroughly about the subject you want to know about. Just because you think you are interested does not mean you will be able to cope with it. Choose a subject you know you are good at, not one you think “sounds” good. UK is a great place to learn and spread your wings, being in an environment where you are unfamiliar will teach you about to survive and grow independent for your future.

Nur Hidayah Rafaheh

What course did you study?

BSc. Physics and Mathematics

When did you graduate?

2013

What are you doing now?

Continuing in Master of Teaching in University of Brunei Darussalam

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Loughborough University provided the course that I really wanted i.e. Physics and Maths; it was also in the top 20 university in UK at that time. I am interested in badminton and it has excellent sports facilites too.  Also, there are many Bruneians currently studying at Loughborough University.

What was your favourite thing about living and studying in Loughborough?

The friendly campus environment gave me vibes of home away from home that I feel comfortable in Loughborough immediately. The study facilities especially the library and 24-hour study area provided is superb. The free shuttle bus service is excellent for moving around the campus, and Loughborough town itself is a good place for students to relax and enjoy a break from study. 

How do you feel your time at Loughborough helped you get to where you are now?

My Loughborough degree really changed me into a more responsible person. Also, with the degree I can now pursue my career in helping Brunei education system as an educator myself. 

What advice would you give to a student looking at studying in the UK?

Loughborough University offered the best learning experiences that I ever had. With low living costs, friendly campus environment, excellent study and sports facilities, short distances from other midland cities and London. It is a best place for students’ academic and social life in UK.

Any other comments?

If I was given a chance to continue my study in UK again, I’ll never hesitate to choose Loughborough University. To Loughborough, thank you for the tremendous three years' experience.

Muhammad Farhan bin Haji Kamri

What course did you study?

BSc Mathematics, Accounting and Financial Management

What year did you graduate?

2014

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough?

  • Top 15 in UK
  • A prestigious university
  • Relevant with my A level subjects and grades
  • Cheaper housing rent compared to other locations

What was your favourite thing about studying at Loughborough?

  • Friendly people who are willing to help especially as an international student being away from home
  • “Home away from home”
  • Located in midlands, therefore easy for travelling around UK since I love to frequently visit my friends in Leicester and Nottingham
  • Less than 2 hours by train to London
  • 24 hour internet/computer facilities in Haslegrave
  • Had an opportunity to join the Loughborough Brunei Society committees
  • Walking distance to the university from accommodation
  • Up-to-date facilities especially for sports

How do you feel your Loughborough degree helped you to get where you are now?

  • Able to continue my Masters in UBD
  • Exemptions for some professional papers such as ACCA and CIMA for my future studies
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills in the field I studied

What advice would you give to students looking to study in the UK?

  • Choose the degree which interests you the most
  • For Muslim students, halal food is not a problem in Loughborough
  • Contact the Lufbru committees for help

Asri Zaini

What course did you study?

BEng Chemical Engineering

Year of graduation

2010

What are you doing now?

I am currently working as a Wells Senior HSE Advisor for Brunei Shell Petroleum. 

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough?

I chose to do my degree at Loughborough because of various reasons. I found they had an excellent curriculum and module content for Chemical Engineering course, and the University and department were ranked well in the relevant research field, with good links to the PetroChemicals industry.

It meant that I would have the opportunity to learn and interact with highly distinguished professionals in the field and have the opportunity to work on things that have real world application and impact.

As well, the campus environment looked green, natural and relaxing, which I felt was ideal for academic stimulation. Loughborough University is also famous for its sports facilities and it is also ranked in the top 5 Sports University in the United Kingdom.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Loughborough?

The support that I received from The Chemical Engineering Department as well as the sports facilities, especially the EHB football pitch (I am a keen Man United supporter).

How do you feel your Loughborough Experience helped you get to where you are now?

Loughborough University has definitely helped me to get me where I am now. The Chemical Engineering department has an excellent reputation for its degree course and well-rounded MSc, PhD projects.

What advice would you give to a student looking to study in the UK?

If you are into sports and engineering, GO TO LOUGHBOROUGH UNI!