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BAIDURI BANK AND UBD LAUNCH PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
07 April 2004

Baiduri Bank and Universiti Brunei Darussalam today announce the launching of “Baiduri-UBD Public Lecture Series”, a series of public lectures and seminars on topics related to banking, business and management, economics and public policy, to be delivered by internationally renown speakers comprising academics, practitioners, business leaders and regulators.

Being the first such strategic partnership between a financial institution and a premier institution of higher learning in Brunei, the objectives of the public lecture series are manifold.

By providing further opportunities for business education, “Baiduri-UBD Public Lecture Series” aims to heighten awareness on related issues, challenges and opportunities, with an international perspective, for students and business communities in specific and for the public in general.

The public lecture series creates a platform for local business leaders, civil servants, academics and professionals to share best practices and exchange views on a variety of issues. This dialogue is further enriched by the diversity of backgrounds, experience and expertise of high-calibre speakers from Asia-Pacific and other regions of the world.

Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank, said: “As a responsible corporate citizen, one of Baiduri Bank’s ongoing objectives is to contribute towards the development of society. Baiduri Bank has been playing an active role in supporting educational initiatives by offering attachment opportunities, hosting student visits and contributing to scholarship funds. We believe the launch of “Baiduri-UBD Public Lecture Series” is another major step forward. “From an educational point of view, industry insights gained from speakers with practical experience and expertise in various fields will enhance the students’ overall learning experience. This initiative also complements efforts in building up a workforce equipped with requisite skills for the local industry.

“We are pleased to partner with Universiti Brunei Darussalam in bringing high quality lectures and seminars to the people of Brunei. This will also promote educational exchanges between institutions of higher learning in the region and beyond, and raise the profile of Universiti Brunei Darussalam – Brunei’s national university – in the international arena,” added Mr Imhof.

The launching of “Baiduri-UBD Public Lecture Series” was signalled through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Baiduri Bank and Universiti Brunei Darussalam held at the Senate Room, Chancellery Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Signing on behalf of Baiduri Bank was its General Manager, Mr Pierre Imhof, while Universiti Brunei Darussalam was represented by its Vice-Chancellor, Dr Haji Ismail bin Haji Duraman.

Also present at the signing ceremony were senior management staff from Baiduri Bank, and principal officers from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and Secretary, Bursars, Deans, Deputy Deans and Heads of Department.

Admission to all lectures and seminars under “Baiduri-UBD Public Lecture Series” is free and all members of the public are welcome. Further details on the first public lecture will be available on newspapers and www.baiduri.com at a later date.

 
 
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