Three Shenzhou-14 Chinese astronauts (Taikonauts), who are currently in space, took part in a dialogue with students from ASEAN countries via video link. The event was held in the Lecture Hall of School of Aviation, IBTE SSRC, Jalan Utama Berakas on the 1st of November 2022.
100 students from IBTE, PB, UBD, UTB, and UNISSA were selected representing Brunei to be part of the event, co-hosted by The People’s Republic of China Embassy and IBTE, this was the first time that the Taikonauts had a direct dialogue with ASEAN teenagers.
Teenagers from the ten ASEAN countries had the opportunity to ask the three Taikonauts questions. Taikonauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang, and Cai Xuzhe are currently on a mission at the Tiangong space station, and the trio answered questions on life in space, scientific experiments, and the growth that they have experienced.
Simultaneous interpretation between Chinese, English and local language of participating ASEAN countries allowed everyone to express their ideas easily and better understand one another.
Opening remarks were made by Her Excellency Yu Hong, Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to Brunei, the guest of honour for the event was Yang Berhormat Dr Datin Hjh Romaizah Hj Md Salleh, Minister of Education. In attendance were also senior officials from Ministry of Education, and IBTE senior management, as well as the vice chancellor, rector, director of the participating students institutions.