Innovation should tackle emerging issues: IPS director

Izah Azahari

Innovation for creating a smart future must search for intelligent solutions to tackle and respond to emerging societal and organisational issues and demands; and promote new or adaptive tools and mechanisms in governance.

This was said by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Director Dr Mahani binti Haji Hamdan during the 6th Islamic Governance Symposium (IGS6) yesterday at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) Building, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

The annual symposium was organised by the IPS at UBD in collaboration with ILIA and Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS).

The director added that innovation that is largely driven by technology has affected not only the way we live, learn and communicate, but also how we operate at work.

“Innovation and technology have been around for decades and their development have expanded at a phenomenal rate,” said the director. “In the face of digital economy, information society and social challenges, there are calls for innovation and technology to bring positive change across society and enhance operational excellence in Islamic system of governance.”

Institute of Policy Studies Director Dr Mahani binti Haji Hamdan. PHOTO: SIM YH

Dr Mahani said that while paving ways to resolve challenges from various sources, Islamic nations and Muslims have created spaces for new spectrums to be integrated into an Islamic system of governance to stay relevant but without compromising the basic tenets of Islam.

“As in previous years, IGS6 gathers academics, researchers, students and practitioners to share their experiences and knowledge on various issues. It has been our primary objective that this educational platform will bring everyone together to contribute ideas and new insights related to the discussion topics.”

UBD Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Enterprise) Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Ayub Sadiq @ Lin Naing was the guest of honour.

Director of ILIA Dr Jainatul Halida binti Haji Jaidin was also present.

IGS6, themed ‘Innovation & Technology in an Islamic System of Governance’, featured presentations by eight speakers, comprising six local speakers and two international speakers – Muhammed Shaahid Cassim, Dr Lim Ren Chong, Professor Amin Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Adi Iqbal, Norsarizah Sarbini, Noor Azri Mohammad Noor, Dr Salman Khan and Fatima Jakoet.

The symposium saw local speakers presenting in-person talks, and international speakers joining the event online. Participants also joined the virtual option via Zoom.