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The Evolution of Education in Brunei Darussalam

Formal Education in Brunei Darussalam began in 1912. Since then it has evolved over the years to meet all levels of challenges, local, regional and global. Through the institution of systematic and structured reforms, with respect to education policy, structure, curriculum, assessment and qualifications, and professional development, Brunei Darussalam aspires to transform its education landscape in support of the nation’s drive to realize its vision 2035 (Wawasan Brunei Darussalam 2035). 

The vision statement of the Ministry of Education is “Quality Education towards a Developed, Peaceful and Prosperous Nation” and the mission statement is “To Provide Holistic Education to Achieve Fullest Potential for All”. It comes with the Ministry’s Strategic Plan 2007-2011. The strategic plan envisages the need for change through the provision of a sound education system that is more meaningful and ultimately, more effective in preparing students for learning in this complex digital society. 

The Ministry of Education also has a policy of providing a minimum of 12 years of education. This comprises seven years in primary education (inclusive of one year in pre-school) and five years in secondary. In view of the importance of education in the life of an individual, the Ministry has made the basic 9-year education mandatory for every child. 

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The Education System for the 21st Century

To meet the social and economic challenges of the 21st Century, the Ministry of Education introduces a newly educational system known as The National Education System for the 21st Century or locally known as “Sistem Pendidikan Negara Abad Ke 21 (SPN21)”.

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Higher Education

§         Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) –

§         Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) –

§         Institut Teknologi Brunei –


Study Opportunity for Foreign Students in Brunei Darussalam

With His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s consent, the Government of Brunei Darussalam is offering annual scholarships under a special scholarship award scheme, for the 2012/2013 academic session.

Tenable in Brunei Darussalam, the aim of the Scholarship awards is to provide applicants, with the opportunity to study at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB). The academic year for UBD, UNISSA and ITB commences in July/August 2012.​