Russia – a new frontier for Brunei students
THE idea of studying in Moscow, or the Russian Federation in general, would not be the first choice that comes to mind among local students. Not only it is an unfamiliar study destination, but it also sounds relatively foreign to Brunei students when compared to familiar places such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, primarily because of the language and gaps.
But consider these facts. Education in Russia is most renowned for its accomplishments within the fields of science and research at the post-secondary level.
The country’s extensive influence on this particular discipline is so great that an estimated one quarter of the total scientific literature in the world is written in Russian.
Aside from being surprisingly unaffected, despite its constant usage across such a vast country, the Russian vernacular is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Khairul Bahzi bin Jomari is one of the two selected Brunei students who recently arrived in Moscow to pursue their studies in Russia.
Currently, he is studying in a preparatory school provided by the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), as he undergoes the Intensive Russian Language Programme and looks forward to doing his first bachelor’s degree with MAI.
With the 2018 World Cup around the corner, Khairul told the Bulletin that he is thrilled to be in Russia.
He also expressed his determination to stay focussed in his studies and inspire more Bruneians to study in Russia.
The Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) is one of the several major engineering higher education establishments in Moscow. Since its inception, the MAI has been spearheading advances in aerospace technology, both within Russia and across the world.
With MAI’s background as a leading aviation school, Khairul said he would like to learn more on how Yuri Gagarin became the first man to journey into outer space in 1961.
The MAI has also been the birthplace of many aircraft and jets, including the Sukhoi Superjet 100, created by Mikhail Pogosyan.
It was in the workshops of MAI in Almaty that Mikhail Kalashnikov, the legendary rifle designer, worked on his AK-47 assault rifle.
In the meantime, Khairul eagerly looks forward to his first experience of a space shuttle launch, which will be anytime soon, as he awaits a letter of invitation from the MAI.
Published in “Borneo Bulletin” on 25 April 2018. Author: Azaraimy HH