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TANAH JAMBU, Thursday, 14 January 2021 – The opening ceremony of the Command and Staff Course (CSC) 11/2021 took place today at the Auditorium of the Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces (DA RBAF). Present to officiate the opening ceremony was the Guest of Honour, Major General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).
Also present at the ceremony were Pengiran Dr Mohammad Iskandar bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Acting Vice Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), RBAF Service Commanders, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Director of Internal Security Department, Senior Officers as well as the Defence Advisers/Attachés to Brunei Darussalam.  
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Surah Ali Imran (Verse 7-13) led by the representative of the course participants, Major (U) Wan Muhammad Azem bin Haji Md Aminuddin, followed by the opening remarks of the guest of honour and continued with flag unfurling ceremony. The flag unfurling symbolises excellent cooperation between countries taking part in the course and emphasised the importance for Staff College students to forge strong friendships throughout their learning journey.
A total of 33 officers are attending the course this year including 18 officers from the RBAF, one officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force, one officer from the Internal Security Department and other 13 international military officers from 10 countries; People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Singapore, Thailand and the United States of America.
The Command and Staff Course 11/2021, aiming to expand professional and academic knowledge towards a contemporary strategic environment and its implications on their works being the defence and security specialists, is a 40-week course delivered in partnership with UBD for the third year as its primary academic provider.
By the end of the course, successful course participants will be awarded the UBD Graduate Diploma in Defence and Security Studies with an opportunity to pursue their Master’s degree in Defence and Security Studies.