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    Borneo educational institutions join two-day conference

    Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is holding a two-day UBD-Borneo Studies Network (BSN) Conference.

    UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz officiated the opening ceremony at Mawardi Global Classroom, Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) Building, UBD yesterday.

    The conference was themed ‘Borneo Within, Borneo Beyond’.

    She mentioned the establishment of BSN in October 2013 with 12 founding member institutions. The main objective and key role of BSN is to encourage and promote collaboration across different higher education institutions and research centres in Borneo.

    The vice chancellor highlighted that the event includes discussion and knowledge exchanges on the potential contribution that Borneo can offer in areas such as health and medicine, language, cultural heritage, energy, population studies, entrepreneurship as well as environmental challenges.

    ABOVE & BELOW: Participants at the conference; and Chair of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam-Borneo Studies Network Organising Committee UBD Assistant Vice Chancellor (Global Affairs) Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean. PHOTOS: UBD

    BSN currently has five research groups – Borneo Energy and Advanced Material; Borneo Cultural Heritage; Borneo Sustainable Community and Transformation; Borneo Economy and Banking; and Borneo Biodiversity.

    The Chair of the UBD-BSN Organising Committee UBD Assistant Vice Chancellor (Global Affairs) Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean shared that many initiatives, programmes and activities have been carried out in the past eight years under BSN umbrella which includes active research collaboration, student mobility and short term programmes.

    Recently, the 12 BSN institutions came together to initiate a new project on ‘BSN Online Learning Space’ to enable BSN students to enrol for virtual modules in BSN partner universities related to Borneo themes. The conference seeks to explore the different paths and ways in promoting and developing the beneficial connectivity of the Borneo region within and beyond it, explore the practices and experiences on various aspects about the region and about connecting the region.

    The first keynote speech titled ‘A Contextualisation and Deconstruction of Borneo Studies Over the Last 50 Years’ was delivered by UBD Professor of Borneo Studies at the Institute of Asian Studies Professor Emeritus Victor T King.

    The second keynote speech titled ‘Climate Change and the Meantime: Borneo in Asia Context’ was delivered by University of Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment Chair in Human Geography Professor Jonathan D Rigg.

    The conference saw six panels yesterday and will have another six today.

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