September 9, 2021

The Brunei Shell Joint Venture  (BSJV) Companies awarded scholarships to twenty-nine (29) 
exemplary  students  under  the  BSJV  Scholarship  Scheme  this  year.  The  BSJV  companies 
awarding the scholarships are Brunei Shell Petroleum Co., Brunei LNG (BLNG), Brunei Shell 
Marketing Co. (BSM). The scholars will pursue higher education in local universities such as 
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) as well as abroad in the 
United Kingdom.

Traditionally, the scholars’ achievements are feted in a contract signing ceremony. However, 
this year a virtual awards ceremony was held instead. This is to ensure that we keep everyone 
safe  and  comply  to  the  guidelines  put  in  place  by  the  Ministry  of  Health  in  managing  the 
country’s second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual ceremony was attended by Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis, Shell Country Chair in Brunei 
and  Managing  Director  of  BSP;  Hjh  Farida  binti  Dato  Talib,  Managing  Director  of  BLNG, 
Muhammad Norshafiee bin Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Managing Director of BSM; as well 
as the scholarship recipients.

In her opening remarks, Hajah Zainab binti M.A. Omar, BSP’s Human Resources Director, 
stated that it is BSP’s vision that the company is led by competitive and capable Bruneians as 
part of the cadre that drives Brunei’s industries beyond oil and gas. The strategy is to nurture, 
develop and support the generation of Bruneian talent in order to have a robust and high-
quality pipeline for the company and the nation.

“We aim to invest in and develop people with a broad range of capabilities and skills to lead 
the organisation, and ultimately contribute to Wawasan Brunei 2035. The BSJV Scholarship 
Scheme is a great example of BSJV’s commitment to nurture our local talents.  Since  1972, 
BSJV  has  sponsored  more  than  800  students  for  scholarships.  Through  this  scheme,  many 
young  Bruneians  have  been  able  to  pursue  higher  education  locally  and  abroad,” Hajah 
Zainab stated.

Nur  Afini  binti  Ali  is  a  BSP  scholar  who  will  be  studying  Geology  at  the  University  of 
Edinburgh. Speaking on behalf of the cohort of scholars this year, Nur Afini said that she is 
ready  to  tackle  the  challenges  of  studying  and  living  abroad,  even  amidst  the  COVID-19 pandemic. Thanking BSP for the scholarship and the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong dream of 
becoming a Geologist, she looks forward to join the company once she completes her studies.

“This is truly what’s special about the BSJV scholarship - the guaranteed job position and a 
progressive career path as long as you are successful in  your studies. I am thankful for the 
opportunity! I promise to work hard in my studies and most importantly, I will try my best to 
stay safe always,” she continued.

Highly coveted, the BSJV Scholarship Scheme is for post ‘A’ level/International Baccalaureate 
Diploma/Advanced  Diploma  school  leavers  and  is  awarded  to  highly  selected  students  to 
pursue their Degree studies locally and overseas. Upon successful completion of their studies, 
the scholars will join the BSJV companies as young professionals. In addition to job creations 
and direct employment to BSJV companies, BSP also contributes to the needs of our business 
in the energy industry, through growing and developing our local Bruneian talent funnel in 
diverse disciplines which include petroleum, mechanical, process engineering, environmental 
science, legal and aviation.