| Hakim Hayat |
UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is now the main academic provider for the Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ (DA RBAF) Command and Staff Course (CSC) following a contract signing yesterday.
The three-year contract marks the beginning of a training collaboration between the DA RBAF’s Staff College and UBD’s Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), replacing the partnership with New Zealand’s Massey University, which has worked with the Defence Academy for the past eight years.
The signing ceremony at DA RBAF in Kampong Tanah Jambu was witnessed by Commander of the RBAF Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Vice-Chancellor of UBD Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz.
Signing on behalf of the RBAF/Ministry of Defence, Brunei Darussalam was Commandant of DA RBAF Colonel Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan, while UBD was represented by its Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Pengiran Dr Mohammad Iskandar bin Pengiran Haji Petra.
In her address at the event, Director of the IPS, UBD Dr Mahani binti Haji Hamdan said the collaboration is an important strategic milestone for both organisations, enabling a bridging link to be built between the military focus of the RBAF and UBD, Brunei’s premier research institution of higher learning.
“This bridge is essentially the fostering of knowledge collaboration, influenced by transformational leadership from both UBD and RBAF that encourages participants on both sides to expand connections beyond typical boundaries and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes,” she said.
Dr Mahani added that the collaboration is also a demonstration of socio-political maturity, in the sense that the two organisations are able to place their trust in each other’s capabilities for the common good of national interest via a whole-of-nation approach.
The CSC is a 40-week course held annually, and this year’s programme is the ninth edition since its inception in 2010. It aims to broaden officers’ perspectives and professional knowledge using a tactical and academic approach and disciplines, focussing on the study of the contemporary strategic environment and the implications of this environment on the officers’ practice as defence and security specialists.
Course participants who meet the requirements will be awarded UBD’s Graduate Diploma in Defence and Security Studies, and get the opportunity to continue their studies with the Master of Defence and Security Studies programme.