UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) will be hosting the inaugural Borneo Studies Network Governing Council meeting on October 27-28. UBD was appointed as the secretariat for the Borneo Studies Network (BSN) during the establishment of its governing board in 2013.
According to a press release, the opening ceremony will be held on October 27 at The Core, UBD, and will be attended by all 13 members of the BSN. These include Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Universitas Borneo Tarakan, Universitas Palangka Raya, Universitas Islam Kalimantan, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universitas Mulawarman, Universitas Lambung Mangkurat, Universitas Balikpapan, Universitas Tanjungpura, Institut Dayakologi, Sekolah Tinggi Pastoral Keuskupan Agung and Mata Enggang Institut.
The ceremony will witness the signing of the BSN charter and the launch of the BSN website. The charter will mark the official beginning of collaborative and cooperative efforts by its member institutions. It is also hoped that the website will facilitate communications and resource-sharing across institutions as well as foster recognition of important works being done by the institutions in the network across international circles.
The opening ceremony will also feature a keynote address by philologist Professor Hendrik J Maier who is currently a visiting professor at UBD’s Institute of Asian Studies.
The Governing Council meeting will run concurrently with a Graduate Student Workshop for postgraduates from each of the member institutions, featuring presentations by participating postgraduates on their ongoing research across disciplines in Borneo Studies and academic training sessions run by UBD faculty. The workshop is part of the network’s efforts to foster research competitiveness and is indicative of its commitment to the capacity building of young Borneo Studies scholars.
The Borneo Studies Network aims to establish a conducive and systematic environment for researchers from member institutions and affiliates. It was founded in 2012 to address the need for research in and of Borneo, which is the third largest island in the world as well as one of the most important biodiversity hotspots worldwide.