14 October 2020 – As part of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam efforts to create awareness on Chinese culture in Brunei Darussalam, while strengthening ties between the Embassy and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), the Chinese Shelf was launched at the UTB Library.
The Chinese Shelf contains over 300 publications that highlight the contributions made by prominent scholars on several branches of knowledge, especially in the fields of science, traditional medicines and architecture. The shelf also covers diverse topics on China history, economy, folktales, language, literature, food, arts and heritage.
Present to hand over the donation of books was Her Excellency Yu Hong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam to Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Professor Dr Dayang Hjh Zohrah binti Hj Sulaiman during the launching of Chinese Shelf.
The book donation is hoped to act as distinctive additions to the library’s growing Foreign Mission collection as well as to foster the love for reading among Bruneians. By having the Chinese Shelf at university’s library, it hopes to enhance the library’s role in providing resources on a diverse range of cultures.
During the launching ceremony, Her Excellency Yu Hong hoped that these books will help people to get a more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of China. She also mentioned that China and Brunei have a long history of exchanges. “The two countries have helped and supported each other both in the fight against the epidemic and in economic development.”
Her Excellency believes that with the deepening of bilateral relations, cooperation between UTB and the Chinese universities and enterprises will be further strengthened and will make greater contributions to Brunei’s economic development.
Professor Dr Dayang Hjh Zohrah binti Hj Sulaiman said the university is pleased to receive the books and hoped it would be well utilised by the university’s students and staff. “These selections of books can help to promote the understanding between two cultures and bringing the bilateral cooperation forward to a higher level.” The Vice-Chancellor of UTB also mentioned that UTB and the People’s Republic of China has enjoyed a good relationship through students and staff cultural exchange and industrial collaboration, which they hope to maintain and establish more collaboration in the future.