| Achong Tanjong |
INSTITUT Teknologi Brunei (ITB) through its School of Computing and Informatics and the Brain Science Research Centre (BSRC) of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday at Lecture Theatre 2 of ITB.
The MoU was signed by the Acting Dean of School of Computing and Informatics, Dr Au Thien Wan, and the Director of BSRC, KAIST, Professor Dr Soo-Young Lee. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the guest of honour, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam, Cho Won-myung.
Also present were the Acting Vice Chancellor of ITB, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman and the Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT and E-Government) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Adi Shamsul bin Haji Sabli.
The MoU will establish a basis of cooperation as well as working relationship in the fields of education and research. This includes the exchange of students and academics, as well as joint research in the areas of Intelligent Learning Systems: Students’ Performance Evaluation & Students’ Modelling, Active Learning and Intelligent Learning Management Utilities.
ITB has also engaged Professor Dr Soo-Young Lee as one of the visiting professors at the university.
Professor Dr Soo-Young Lee is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and a professor in the Department of Bio & Brain Engineering, KAIST.
The former Faculty of Business and Computing in ITB was dissolved in July 2014 to form the School of Computing & Informatics and the ITB School of Business. The School of Computing & Informatics now comprises three programmes, namely Creative Computing, Computer Information Systems and Computer Network Security.
Dr Au Thien Wan in his welcoming speech said the signing of the MoU between the Brain Science Research Centre of KAIST and ITB is the result of a short but valued friendship.
“It marks the beginning of our collaboration and I am sure we will explore and exchange academic and scientific knowledge for the benefit of both parties and the betterment of Brunei,” he said.
“We see many opportunities for our staff and students in this new relationship in research and training, teaching and the development of our academic programmes. We have already agreed for ITB students to be attached with the BSRC at KAIST in January 2016,” he added.
“Based on the principles of mutual benefit and sharing resources, these strategic collaborations will serve as a general framework for the establishment of new cooperation between both parties. And we will work to ensure these collaborations bring success that we can all be proud of and will enhance ITB’s capabilities and international credibility,” he said.
Since ITB became a university in 2008, it has worked hard and achieved many milestones in its continuing journey to become one of the leading engineering and technology universities, conducting high calibre research in the region.
ITB hopes to hold more such occasions with other prestigious universities in the future. A speech was also given by Professor Dr Soo-Young Lee.