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					His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni
Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien,
Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam honoured
for contributions to lifelong learning and international cooperation
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    2    Welcoming Message
    3    Discover Feature                             Message
         Discover News                                Welcome to the second issue this year of discover
    4    eG.InC Opening Ceremony                      ubd. It has been another hectic few months for UBD
    5    Brunei’s School Leadership Programme         as we come to the close of our academic year.
                                                      Academic staff and students alike have pushed
    6    MOU Signings
                                                      themselves to achieve excellence in various fields –
    7    BSP Retiree Undergoes PhD Programme          BSP retiree Mr Ang Sik Liong perhaps exemplifies this
         Muslim WorldBiz 2011                         spirit of achievement best as he embarks on a PhD
    8    16th International Conference on Education   programme here at UBD (pg 7).

    9    Service Medals                               UBD continues to expand and extend its hand out to
         SHBIE Retreat                                other institutions of higher education in the spirit of
    10   UBD Army Platoon                             cooperation and collaboration by signing MoUs with
                                                      various universities, including the Alexandria and Ain
         May Examination Hajat Prayers
                                                      Shams Universities in Egypt (pg 6). Infrastructurally,
         Voices From The Graduate Programme           details of ongoing construction projects to ensure
    11   Help Japan                                   that UBD’s facilities are second to none, can be
                                                      found on page 17.                                                                                                                             His Majesty addresses
         UBD Sharks
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the crowd at Universitas
    12   U.B.D Challenge                              These themes of lifelong learning and global                                                                                                  Indonesia’s Depok campus.
    13   Pesta Sukan Remaja                           cooperation are brought together in our feature
                                                      article, in which we are honoured to showcase the
                                                                                                                Honorary Doctorate Honorary Doctorate
         UBD Intl. Students Visits Labi
                                                      achievements of His Majesty, who was awarded
    14   UNC Students Visits Brunei                   Honorary Doctorates by Universitas Indonesia

         Thai Students Visits UBD
         UBD Jogathon
                                                      and Kings College London, for his remarkable
                                                      contributions nationally and internationally to           from King’s College from Universitas
         9th Asean Youth Cultural Forum
         iCUBE Meeting
                                                      education and international affairs.

                                                      Although this issue marks the end of our academic
                                                                                                                London              Indonesia
         The WorldMUN Experience                      year, the next few months promises to be just as          His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin    His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
                                                      busy as we prepare for a brand new semester and           Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali          Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali
    17   Faculty Extension
                                                      continue to work towards lifting UBD into the global      Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang      Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang
         The CORE                                     arena. We hope you enjoy this issue and we welcome        Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, was awarded        Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, was awarded
    18   Energy Exhibition                            your feedback.                                            the Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Doctor of Laws          the Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy and Civilization
    19   News from GSR Office                                                                                   Honoris Causa) by King’s College London on the 14th     by Universitas Indonesia on the 21st of April 2011.
                                                      Best wishes,                                              of April 2011.
    20   Earth Hour                                                                                                                                                     The ceremony took place on the Balai Sidang, Depok
         Ranoadidas 8th Anniversary                   Hjh Anis Faudzulani Hj Dzulkiflee                         The ceremony took place on the Strand Campus,           Campus, Universitas Indonesia, in Jakarta.
         New UBDfm Studio                             Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor                          King’s College London.
                                                      (Corporate and Administration)                                                                                    Prof. der Soz. Dr. Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, Rector
                                                                                                                Honorary degrees of King’s College London               of Universitas Indonesia, highlighted three of the
                                                                                                                are awarded in recognition of an individual’s           monarch’s achievements which had led to the

         Discover Research
         Obesity Research Cluster
                                                      Editorial                                                 conspicuous merit as demonstrated by their
                                                                                                                outstanding distinction. His Majesty the Sultan was
                                                                                                                                                                        conferment of the honorary doctorate: His Majesty’s
                                                                                                                                                                        success in improving human welfare through
                                                                                                                awarded for his efforts in stressing the importance     economic development, education and civilization,
         Cancer Research Takes Off at UBD             Contact                                                   of education. His Majesty has done much to              His Majesty’s support for ASEAN regional cooperation
    22   His Excellency The Spiderman                 International and Public Relations Office                 promote education at all levels. He has not only        and international politics, and His Majesty’s wise
                                                      office.ipro@ubd.edu.bn                                    made it possible for Brunei students to pursue higher   leadership which has increased the physical and
    24   Self Configurable Eco-Home
                                                                                                                education abroad, but has also established in Brunei    spiritual welfare of his people.
                                                      Editorial Board                                           two new universities and a university college to meet
                                                      Hjh Anis Faudzulani Hj Dzulkiflee, Dr Teo Siew Yean,      the increasing demand for higher education.
                                                      Dr Kathrina Hj Mohd Daud, Hjh Nuairah Afiifah Hj
         Discover Converences
                                                      Abdul Wahab, Wardah Hakimah Hj Sumardi                    Lord Duoro, Chairman of the College Council,
    25   UBD Roadshow to Universities in the US
                                                                                                                presented the scroll of Honorary Doctorate of Laws to
    26   Science, Technology snd Society workshop                                                               His Majesty.
         V-Sigma 2
    27   Executive Development Programme
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    eG.InC Opening Ceremony                                                                                             Brunei’s School Leadership Program (SLP)
                                                                                                                        The School Leadership Program (SLP) is an                                         leaders in government schools in Brunei by the end of 2011.
                                                                                                                        initiative of Universiti Brunei Darussalam                                        A number of factors contributed to the development
                                                                                                                                                                                                          of the SLP in Brunei and these factors include the
                                                                                                                        through its Institute for Leadership,                                             changing economic landscape in Brunei, SPN 21,
                                                                                                                        Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) in                                              Brunei’s Vision 2035 and the McKinsey Report.
                                                                                                                        collaboration with the Ministry of Education.                                     The SLP Brunei was first launched in March 2010. Since
                                                                                                                        The SLP aims to equip leaders in Brunei‘s education                               its inception, the SLP has worked with schools in Brunei
                                                                                                                        system with the capacity to lead an emerging body                                 through a series of action learning based workshops.
                                                                                                                        of reform initiatives and help establish a new culture                            In addition to these workshops, participating school
                                                                                                                        of proactive, entrepreneurial school leadership. This                             leaders and teams are required to implement
                                                                                                                        collaboration is supported by the Action Learning                                 transformational projects that will help to raise their
                                                                                                                        Associates (ALA) team led by the esteemed Professor                               students’ academic achievements. The program
                                                                                                                        in Management and Organisation from the Ross                                      is designed by the ALA to simultaneously develop
                                                                                                                        School of Business, Professor Noel Tichy.                                         leadership capabilities while driving significant school
                                                                                                                                                                                                          performance improvement.
                                                                                                                        The mission of the program is to help develop more
                                                                                                                        effective leadership capable of meeting the social,                               Since March 2010, a total of 193 schools in Brunei
                                                                                                                        technological, and political challenges of creating                               have participated in the School Leadership Program.
                                                                                                                        change in Bruneian education. Graduates of the                                    The 6th Cohort, launched in April 2011, was graced
                                                                                                                        SLP are expected to have the skills to implement                                  by the participation of SEAMEO and CLMV countries.
    On the 4th of June 2011, the e-Government Innovation Centre or eG.InC at Universiti Brunei Darussalam               transformational projects in their respective schools.                            It is hoped that the participation of these countries
    (UBD) was officially launched by Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Duli Pengiran Muda Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim ibni           The Ministry‘s goal is for the SLP to train all school                            will create a productive network within which
    Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.                                                                                                  collaboration on school developments can be fostered.
    The opening ceremony was also attended by Dr Hj Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Vice Chancellor of UBD,
    Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (L) Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar,                                                                                                    Since the implementation of the SLP, a number of
    the Minister of Energy and Chairman of Brunei’s e-Government Leadership Forum, senior officials from the                                                                                              achievements in the area of numeracy, literacy,
    government, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and several international agencies.                                                                                                                          parental involvement and other collaborative
                                                                                                                                                                                                          engagements have been observed and recorded.
    Opening remarks were given by Dr Hazri Kifle, the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy                                                                                               The SLP has become a catalyst in helping school
    Studies, UBD and Professor Soung Hie Kim, Director of e-Government and the Green IT Research Centre, KAIST                                                                                            leaders make quantum changes in their respective
    (Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology) . A keynote address was delivered by Mr Seoung                                                                                                 schools and produce results, particularly in raising
    Ju Kang, Minister Counselor, Permanent Delegation of Korea to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-                                                                                                 students’ academic achievements.
    operation and Development).
                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is hoped that the SLP will be able to address
    eG.InC was established by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office                                                                                        identified challenges and limitations and produce
    and KAIST. eG.InC aims to inspire e-government innovation through research and education by:                                                                                                          better results in helping to improve the quality of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brunei’s future generation of leaders. The SLP hopes
    •   Facilitating e-government research through building of a comprehensive and extensive knowledge base                                                                                               to further strengthen its collaboration with various
        and a network of experts.                                                                                                                                                                         departments in the Ministry of Education to ensure
                                                                                                                        The Minister of Education, Pehin                                                  the success of the program, particularly in providing
    •   Developing global thought leadership capability for e-government and to contribute to implementing              Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia                                             quality education for all children in Brunei through
                                                                                                                        Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Apong,
        e-government successfully through training and educating civil servants, the public sector and industries;      answering questions raised during a                                               School Leadership.
        recommending directions for e-government; and assessing and evaluating e-government policies and                Q&A session with participants of SLP
                                                                                                                        Cohort 6.

    •   Promoting international and regional e-government cooperation.

    The opening ceremony also marked the beginning of a 14-week e-Government training programme attended
    by senior government officials mainly the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from various ministries. The Guest of
    Honour also had the opportunity to meet the participants before touring the exhibitions displayed by eG.InC,
    e-Government National Centre (EGNC), KAIST, Samsung, the Authority for Info-communications Technology
    Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) and IT Protective Security Services (ITPSS).

                                                                                                                                                                      SLP participant presenting to his
                                                                                                                                                                colleagues his school’s achievements
                                                                                                                                                                         carried out after Workshop 1.
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    UBD signs MoU with Alexandria University                                                                            BSP retiree undergoes PhD programme
    and Ain Shams University, Egypt                                                                                     after obtaining his MBA at UBD
                                                                                                                        On the 13th of April 2011, in the FBEPS (Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies)
                                                                                                                        Boardroom, a 58 year old PhD candidate, Mr. Ang Sik Liong, conducted his second research
                                                                                                                        progress presentation for a panel of FBEPS faculty members. The panel consisted of Dr. Hj.
                                                                                                                        Mohammad Habibur Rahman (Programme Leader in Graduate Studies), Professor Dr. Patrick Low
                                                                                                                        Kim Cheng (Supervisor), Dr. Hj. Mohammad Nabil Almunawar, Dr. Saad Al-Harran, Dr. Zahidol Islam,
                                                                                                                        Dr. Habrizah Hussin and Mr. Hashim Hj Yaccob.
                                                                                                                        Mr. Ang’s research study was entitled, “Confucian leaders and Managers amongst the Chinese in Brunei
                                                                                                                        Darussalam”. It is common practice for a research student to obtain comments and feedback for the
                                                                                                                        improvement of his or her research study after a presentation. Mr. Ang presented a literature review on values
                                                                                                                        which included a schematic diagram - using this review the candidate explained his understanding of values
                                                                                                                        and its importance to the study. The PhD candidate also established a set of Confucian values for his study
    Universiti Brunei Darussalam signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alexandria University, Egypt, on the         on Confucius leadership and management in Brunei. Some of the Confucian values he mentioned were
    2nd of May 2011. Present to sign the agreement was the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Hj Zulkarnain bin Hj Hanafi and         thriftiness, frugality, perserverance, hard work and continuous learning. Mr Ang then proposed his research
    the President of Alexandria University, Professor Dr. Hind Mamdouh Hanafy. The MoU marks an agreement to            methodology including a pilot study followed by qualitative and quantitative research. The panel advised
    build a framework which will facilitate, encourage and promote cooperation through student exchanges, as            the PhD candidate to proceed with interviews of prominent Chinese leaders and managers through the use
    well as collaborations between faculty members, publications and research.                                          of open-ended questions regarding Confucian values and to establish a list of Chinese Bruneian Confucian
                                                                                                                        values for the survey study. After further discussion and guidance from his supervisor, the PhD candidate
    During the trip to Egypt, a second MoU was signed between UBD and Ain Shams University, following a                 accepted the feedback and proceeded accordingly.
    discussion between the President of Ain Shams University, Professor Dr. Mageed, and the Vice Chancellor. The
    MoU, which was an expression of hope of cooperation between the two universities, was followed by a tour of         In his early years, Mr. Ang Sik Liong obtained a BSc and MPhil degree from Queen Mary College and the
    the Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine.                                                                       University of London respectively, and joined Brunei Shell in 1979. After 29 years of service with Brunei Shell,
                                                                                                                        he retired from the company when he was the Head of Production Chemistry in 2008. He was keen to keep
                                                                                                                        learning, however, and subsequently successfully pursued an MBA at UBD. He then embarked on the PhD
    MOU Signing Ceremony Between                                                                                        programme in 2010. He said that he wanted to live up to the Confucian value of continuous learning. He
                                                                                                                        remarked on a Chinese saying, “活到老﹐學到老” (Hanyu Pinyin: huo tao lau xie tao lau) which means that as

    Universiti Brunei Darussalam and                                                                                    one matures one continues to learn without stopping. With the knowledge and experiences he has gathered
                                                                                                                        so far, he wishes to further serve the Bruneian community.

    University of North Carolina
                                                                                                                        The 2nd Muslim World BIZ 2011
                                                                                                                        The 2nd Muslim World BIZ 2011 was held in Kuala Lumpur from the 8th to the 11th of June this year.
                                                                                                                        The event aims to promote economic cooperation and the intra trade among the massive global
                                                                                                                        Muslim market, which extends over 1.6 million people. With the theme “The Forces of Many, the
                                                                                                                        Vision of One”, the event aimed to create an integrated business platform for government officials,
                                                                                                                        corporations, investors, businessmen and entrepreneurs from all over the the world to congregate
                                                                                                                        and explore trade opportunities available in the Muslim world.

                                                                                                                        As one of the keynote speakers, Dr Zulkarnain Haji Hanafi, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam
                                                                                                                        (UBD) in his presentation titled ‘Transition and Transformation’, highlighted the importance of transformation in
    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the University of North           today’s age of constant change. Specifically, he emphasized the need for change in the role of universities
    Carolina in the United States on the 14th of May 2011. The MoU was signed by Dr Hj Zulkarnain bin Hj Hanafi,        in order to remain relevant while still upholding Islamic values. Specifically, he emphasized that students need
    the Vice Chancellor of UBD and Professor Peter Coclanis, Director of the Global Research Institute, University of   to be given the skills of ‘learning to learn’. This is to ensure that they are equipped to assess, understand, and
    North Carolina.                                                                                                     adapt to the changes that the world is facing today as well as what the future may bring. In response to this
                                                                                                                        belief, Universiti Brunei Darussalam introduced the GenNEXT programme which emphasizes broad-based
    Present to witness this auspicious event was His Excellency Mr Daniel Shields, Ambassador of the United States      education and requires students to engage in multidisciplinary programmes and experiential learning. One of
    of America.The MoU will serve as a general framework for cooperation between the two institutions and is            the initiatives introduced under GenNEXT was the Discovery Year, where students have the options to embark
    intended to facilitate discussions for more specific programmes of collaboration.                                   on 4 different types of learning activities: Study Abroad, Internships, Community Service, and Innovation or
                                                                                                                        Incubation Projects. UBD has also spearheaded several exciting collaborations. Recent initiatives introduced
    The University of North Carolina is already a member of the International Consortium of Universities for the        by UBD include the launching of i-CUBE, the UBD-IBM Centre, eG-Inc and the SOASCIS.
    Study of Biodiversity and the Environment, or “iCUBE” which was formed by Universiti Brunei Darussalam. iCUBE
    aims to promote collaboration and cooperative activities in research, teaching and learning in the areas of
    global biodiversity and environmental challenges, among the participating institutions. Two batches of UNC
    students have also visited UBD over the last few months, as part of UBD’s new Global Discovery programme, as
    well as the Carolina SEAS and UNC Southeast Asia semester programmes.
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    16th International Conference on                                                                                   Six Service Medals for
    Education 2011                                                                                                     UBD Library Officers and Staff
                                                                                                                                                                                  Six library officers and staff were bestowed with
                                                                                                                                                                                  Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (PIKB) or Excellent Service
                                                                                                                                                                                  Medals and Pingat Kerja Lama (PKL) or Long Service
                                                                                                                                                                                  Medals, in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan
                                                                                                                                                                                  and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s birthday
                                                                                                                                                                                  anniversary at a ceremony held at Balai Singgahsana
                                                                                                                                                                                  Indera Kenchana, Istana Nurul Iman on the 13th of
                                                                                                                                                                                  April 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                  His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee ibni His
                                                                                                                                                                                  Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
                                                                                                                                                                                  Waddaulah, the Deputy Sultan consented to present
                                                                                                                                                                                  the awards on behalf of His Majesty the Sultan
                                                                                                                                                                                  and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to the
                                                                                                                                                                                  recipients. The recipients were Haji Awang Mohd
                                                                                                                                                                                  Yussop bin POKIDDP Haji Awang Musa, the Acting
                                                                                                                                                                                  Assistant Chief Librarian, Haji Abdullah bin Hj Tahir,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Hajah Kamsini binti Hj Mohd Hussin, Dayang Rehimah
    The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE) once again successfully organized the 16th                                                                         binti Haji Hambali, Dayang Norsinah binti Jainuddin,
    International Conference on Education, which was held from the 23rd to 26th of May 2011, at The Chancellor                                                                    and Dayang Kalsom binti Haji Anuar.
    Hall, UBD. The theme for this year’s conference was Design Research in Education: Empowering Teachers,
    Learners and Researchers. Design-based research focuses on the interaction between resources, learners
    and teachers in natural situations. Results from design research can be used to develop designs, to refine the
    theories of learning from which they are derived and to empower teachers, learners and researchers. It is

                                                                                                                       SHBIE Retreat
    different from other forms of research in that it focuses on enactment as an outcome when investigating the
    effect of educational interventions.

    The conference was officially declared open by the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang                Between March 14th-15th and 16th-17th 2011, two separate groups of SHBIE staff took over Levels 4 & 7 at the
    Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Hj Abu Bakar Bin Hj Apong. In his speech, Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar said the         Rizqun International Hotel and entertained passing members of the public with team building activities, video
    conference was especially relevant to Brunei as the ministry has embarked on a number of initiatives in its        recording antics and even a faculty aerobics session! Much fun was had by all and, more importantly, the
    commitment towards attaining excellence in education. These include the development of 21st century skills         retreat provided valuable opportunities for connecting and reconnecting with wonderful colleagues in what
    through the national curriculum under the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21), the training     has been described as ‘the friendliest Faculty in UBD’.
    of the nation’s teachers for School-based Assessment for Learning, the development of technology mediated
    teaching and learning through the e-Hijrah project and the proposed establishment of model schools at              On a more serious note, the retreat outlined UBD’s Vision 2015 along with suggested strategies for achieving
    both primary and secondary levels. The minister also highlighted that in each of the above mentioned               our goal of becoming one of Asia’s top 50 universities within the next five years. SHBIE staff discussed various
    initiatives, design research education has an important role to play. This inquiry-based approach carried          possibilities for building on our research strengths and supporting UBD in meeting QS world university
    out in classrooms with and by teachers to improve teaching and learning has the potential of transforming          ranking criteria.
    education in powerful ways as it will support the teaching and learning that is ongoing in the various contexts
    of learning. Through design research projects, communities of educators will actively collaborate and              Despite some healthy uncertainty about being able to step into the shoes of the likes of PepsiCo CEO’s, SHBIE
    communicate with one another as they work through continuous cycles of design, enactment, strategies and           members at all levels of seniority embraced many of the leadership and teamworking ideas presented at the
    tools for teaching and learning.                                                                                   retreat with enthusiasm and participated wholeheartedly in all activities. Indeed, energy levels were so high at
                                                                                                                       the close of the second day that we celebrated with a (very memorable) aerobics session lead by one of our
    The keynote speakers for this year conference were Professor Dr. Anthony E Kelly from                              talented senior members of staff!
                                                                                                                       The retreat also provided an opportunity for SHBIE to discuss and find solutions to some of the challenges
    George Mason University and Professor Dr. MA Clements from Illinois State University.                              posed by becoming a graduate school of education. Since the retreat, we have been working closely with
                                                                                                                       the Ministry of Education to find pathways for teachers in Brunei to enter into our Masters programmes. A
    The conference attracted more than 200 abstract submissions for the presentations from 20 countries. There         proposed pathway that addresses most concerns raised by staff and colleagues has been recently presented
    were 290 participants from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Brazil, Botswana and Brunei        and endorsed.
    Darussalam attending the conference with a total of 86 papers presented and three workshops held. The
    paper presentations were both in English and Malay.                                                                SHBIE values – Accountability; Connectivity; Excellence; integrity; Inclusiveness (otherwise known as ACE I2)
    Dr Chng Eng Siong, from NTU, Singapore, commented that “ICE2011 was not only a vibrant conference with
    insightful and refreshing presentations in design research over 3 days, the thing that I took home most, is the
    memory of the Bruneians’ gentle hospitality and warmth that have endeared me and many other foreign
    delegates,” and thanked Brunei for its hospitality. His sentiments were echoed by other international delegates.
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     UBD Army Platoon                                                                                                  “Help JAPAN”
     Cadet Promotions                                                                                                  On the 11th of March 2011, the strongest earthquake in recorded history struck off the coast of Japan. The
                                                                                                                       aftereffects caused a devastating tsunami that swept away buildings, boats, cars and lives. It also triggered
     The UBD Army Platoon Cadet was officially formed                                                                  one of the worst nuclear disasters of the century and resulted in an upheaval in nuclear policies. The
     under SAS UBD in February 2009. 3 cohorts of UBD                                                                  earthquake was 8,000 times stronger than the quake that struck New Zealand just a month before. The tsunami
     students have since joined the Cadets under the                                                                   claimed thousands of lives, devastating the land and helped trigger one of the worst nuclear crises of the
     supervision of the Army Cadets of the Ministry                                                                    century. With the cold winter, the wet conditions and disruption to power and public transport routes, even
     of Defense.                                                                                                       one of the most advanced countries in the world could not hope to manage a disaster of such an enormous
                                                                                                                       scale without aid.
     The promotion ceremony for 25 UBD army cadets
     from all 3 cohorts was held on the 18th of May, 2011                                                              The “Help JAPAN” Project was a response to this call for aid. A charity fund-raiser for the earthquake victims
     at the Multipurpose Hall in the Male Residential                                                                  of Japan was organized by members of the Brunei Japan Friendship Association – UBD Chapter (BJFA-UBD
     College. One of the recipients was Her Royal Highness                                                             Chapter), teachers of the UBD Language Center, and the Japanese language students. All donations and
     Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah                                                              proceeds were then presented to the Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.
     who was promoted to Sergeant.
                                                                                                                       The fund-raiser was held over three days at UBD, with the last day accomplished in collaboration with students
     Among those present to witness the ceremony                                                                       holding the 2011 Earth Day event. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the UBD students and lecturers
     were the parents of Her Royal Highness Paduka             The guest of honour for the ceremony was the            and visitors for their contributions. All the support made the “Help JAPAN” Project successful beyond our
     Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti       Commanding Officer of the Royal Brunei Malay            expectations. It was humbling and wonderful to find the Brunei heart beating so strongly for so worthy a cause.
     Pengiran Salleh Ab. Rahaman, and YAM Pengiran             Army Reserve, Lt Col (L) Norsharinizam Hj Talib. The
     Anak Hj Abd Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela              Deputy Vice Chancellor, Associate Prof. Dr. Zohrah Hj   If anyone would like to add their personal donations, there are two ways that they can donate to the Japan
     Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul         Sulaiman was the special guest from UBD.                Red Cross Society:
     Aziz, whose wife, Pengiran Seti Aminah Pengiran
     Othman was also promoted to Sergeant.                                                                             Through the Embassy of Japan
                                                                                                                       Current Account No: 001-647700-001

     Hajat Prayer and     Voices from the
                                                                                                                       Directly to the Red Cross Society
                                                                                                                       Their website address is

                          graduate programme
     Motivational Talk
     prepare students for                                      Recently DiscoverUBD caught up with three of UBD’s

     May Examinations
                                                               doctoral candidates: Muhammad Naeem Khan,
                                                               Abdulwasiu Isiaq Nasirudeen (Education), Munshi
                                                               Naser Ibne Afzal (Economics) to see what they had to
     The Religious and Spiritual Unit of the Student Affairs   say about their UBD experience so far.
     Section organised a Hajat Prayer and a motivational
     lecture in conjunction with the May examinations. The     All three students were positive about their UBD        UBD Sharks rugby team
     event took place at the UBD Mosque on the 20th of
     April 2011.
                                                               “experiment”, as Naeem put it, with Abdulwasiu
                                                               commenting on the high quality facilities and
                                                               Munshi saying that it provides a good environment
                                                                                                                       receive contribution
     The lecture entitled “Untuk Berjaya mesti ada             for study. However, Munshi did suggest that family      The Student Rugby Team, popularly known as the
     D.U.I.T ” was delivered by Dr. Wan Mat bin Sulaiman       accommodation in UBD could be improved. All             UBD Sharks, received a jersey contribution from
     from SHBIE. Over 300 students attended this event,        three of them were keen to start a UBD International    two private companies on the 11th of May 2011.
     including members from the Muslim Youth Club and          Students Alumni Club, with Munshi and Naeem             The jersey contributions were for the team to use in
     executives of the Religious and Spiritual Unit.           personally offering to begin spreading the word, and    competition locally and regionally.
                                                               Abdulwasiu putting forward the idea of a knowledge
     Later in the day, the counseling unit of SAS, with the    forum where doctoral candidates could pool their        Present at the handover ceremony were Dr. Hj
     support of SHBIE lecturers, organised a motivational      resources and share their research with each other.     Ramlee bin Hj Tinkong, the Deputy Dean of Students,
     session at the Chancellor Hall. A talk was delivered                                                              the UBD Sharks advisors/coach, the UBD Sharks
     by Dr. Ee Ah Meng of SHBIE, followed by a session         When asked about how they themselves had been           themselves and representatives from the two
     on ‘Psychological Preparation,’ given by Dyg Hjh          attracted to UBD, all three students cited different    contributing companies.
     Suhaina Hj Mat Ludin, a Student Counsellor.               sources – friends, government agencies, the Internet.
                                                               Abdulwasiu and Munshi praised the multicultural
                                                               environment and dedicated staff, while Naeem
                                                               remarked on UBD’s conducive research atmosphere.

                                                               DiscoverUBD looks forward to highlighting and hearing
                                                               from more voices from the graduate programme.
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     U.B.D. (Universities of Brunei Debate)                                                                               Pesta Sukan                                               sukan serta diikuti oleh kontinjen-kontinjen yang
                                                                                                                                                                                    menyertai pertandingan.

     Challenge                                                                                                            Remaja Ke-V 2011                                          Kontinjen Daerah Brunei dan Muara mendahului
                                                                                                                                                                                    kontinjen-kontinjen lain dengan keramaian 319
     23rd April 2011, 9.00am-4.30pm                                                                                                                                                 peserta diikuti oleh kontinjen Daerah Belait yang
                                                                                                                                                                                    membawa keramaian kontinjen 276 peserta dan
     The Core, Residential College,                                                                                                                                                 disusuli kontinjen Daerah Tutong dengan keramaian
                                                                                                                                                                                    306 peserta.

     Universiti Brunei Darussalam                                                                                                                                                   Daerah Temburong menghantar 232 peserta, Majlis
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Brunei Darussalam (MSSSBD)
                                                                                                                                                                                    seramai 191 peserta dan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi
                                                                                                                                                                                    (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UNISSA, ITB dan KUPUSB)
                                                                                                                                                                                    seramai 113 orang.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sejurus selepas itu, ikrar sukan PSR Ke-V 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                    dibacakan oleh Atlet Olahraga, Dayang Maziah binti
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mahusin yang memperolehi pingat gangsa dalam
                                                                                                                                                                                    acara Lari 400 Meter Berhalangan di Kejohanan
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sukan Arafura lalu.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Menteri Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan kemudiannya
                                                                                                                                                                                    diperkenalkan kepada ketua-ketua kontinjen dan
                                                                                                                          Pesta Sukan Remaja (PSR) Ke-V 2011 diadakan 2             seterusnya menyampaikan cenderamata.
                                                                                                                          kali setahun. Kontigen IPT yang terdiri daripada          Kontigen IPT telah berjaya mengutip 4 pingat emas,
                                                                                                                          mahasiswa/i daripada UBD, ITB, UNISSA dan KUPUSB          3 pingat perak dan 12 pingat gangsa dalam acara
                                                                                                                          telah dijemput untuk mengikut temasya tersebut kali       Ping Pong, Karate-do dan Olahraga.
                                                                                                                          yang pertama dan menghantar seramai 113 orang
                                                                                                                          atlet. Temasya sukan dwitahunan ini dianjurkan
                                                                                                                          oleh Jabatan Belia dan Sukan (JBS) dan dikelolakan
     The inaugural university-level debate competition         winning team being the one with the most votes             oleh Persatuan-persatuan Sukan Kebangsaan
     among the local higher education institutions in          from the three judges. UBD Team 1 and UBD Team             dengan mempertandingkan sebanyak 465 pingat
     Brunei Darussalam took place on the 23rd of April         2 therefore advanced to the final session in the           keseluruhan, 141 pingat emas, 141 perak dan 183
     2011, at The Core, Residential College, Universiti        afternoon. The three judges were Christopher Ng            gangsa.
     Brunei Darussalam (UBD).                                  Ming Yew from the Attorney-General’s Chambers,
                                                               Kevin Lo Jin Song from Pengiran Izad and Lee, and          Majlis Perasmiannya disempurnakan oleh Menteri

                                                                                                                                                                                    UBD International
     The Universities of Brunei Debate (U.B.D) Challenge       Genevieve Lai from Toastmasters.                           Kebudayaan Belia dan Sukan, Yang Berhormat Pehin
     carried the theme “Embracing our legacy, empowering                                                                  Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka

                                                                                                                                                                                    students visits Labi
     new frontiers” and was organised in conjunction with      Present as guest of honour in the afternoon session        Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah di Stadium
     the 25th anniversary of UBD’s establishment.              was Permanent Secretary of Higher Education at the         Tertutup, Kompleks Sukan Negara Hassanal Bolkiah,
                                                               Ministry of Education, Dr. Hj Junaidi bin Hj Abd Rahman.   Berakas di sini.
     The one-day event featured two teams from UBD             The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Zulkarnain, was also present.
     and one team each from the Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic                                                                 PSR ini merupakan asas ke arah memenuhi kehendak
     University (UNISSA) and the Seri Begawan Islamic           The final debate carried the motion, “This House          dasar sukan negara ke arah pembangunan sukan
     Religious Teachers’ College University (KUPUSB). The      believes that leaders are born and bred, not made          dan kecemerlangan sukan. Temasya ini berlangsung
     second UBD team was incorporated as a result of           and trained.” UBD Team 2, which took the opposition        selama lapan hari bermula 11hb hingga 18 hb Jun
     Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) having to unfortunately   stance, carried the honours after a lively and             dihasratkan sebagai landasan untuk mengenal pasti
     withdraw from the competition.                            informative debate, winning the inaugural U.B.D            dan mencari bakat-bakat yang berpotensi untuk
                                                               Challenge for UBD. After the debate, all teams were        diketengahkan bagi mewakili negara di kejohanan
     The event started with preliminary sessions in the        generously invited by the panel of judges to consult       serantau dan antarabangsa.
     morning. The first debate, with the motion ‘This House    them for more detailed feedback to help them
     believes that censorship is necessary for stability and   improve their analytical skills and speaking styles to     Temasya yang diperkenalkan oleh JBS sejak tahun
     economic development’, saw proposition team UBD           foster a greater quality of debate in future challenges.   2002 ini melibatkan seramai 1437 orang atlet, jurulatih
     Team 1, who were in favour of the motion, edge out                                                                   dan pegawai teknikal dengan mempertandingkan              A contingent of 25 from the International Students
     UNISSA, the opposition.                                   The U.B.D. Challenge, organised by UBD’s Faculty           14 acara sukan seperti Badminton, Bola Jaring, Bola       Club of Universiti Brunei Darussalam visited the Long
                                                               of Arts and Social Sciences, has the objectives of         Keranjang, Bola Sepak, Catur, Futsal, Hoki, Karate Do,    House of Mendaram Village led by Haji Mohd Faisal
     The second preliminary debate was taken by the            promoting a lively debating culture among university       Olahraga, Pencak Silat, Pingpong, Renang, Sepak           bin Haji Salleh, from Student Affairs. The visit was part
     second UBD team, who successfully argued against          students in Brunei, to foster closer relations among the   dan Rugby 7 Side.                                         of the annual programme arranged by the Student
     the motion “This House believes that the principles       local universities and to eventually showcase local                                                                  Affairs Section which aims to introduce students to
     and actions of Wikileaks cause more harm than             debating talent regionally and internationally.            Majlis Perasmian bermula dengan perbarisan lalu           places of interest in Brunei. The international students
     good,” against a valiant and dynamic KUPUSB                                                                          pasukan pembawa bendera logo PSR dan diikuti              also visited the Sungai Liang and Luagan Lalak
     proposition team.                                                                                                    dengan pasukan pembawa bendera acara-acara                Recreation Parks.
     The debates followed a knockout format, with the
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     University of North Carolina                                                                                   UBD Jogathon 2011                                         UBD sends
     students visit Brunei                                                                                                                                                    representatives to
                                                                                                                                                                              9th ASEAN Youth
                                                                                                                    The UBD jogathon was organised by the Student
                                                                                                                    Affairs Section of UBD in collaboration with the PMUBD

                                                                                                                                                                              Cultural Forum
                                                                                                                    Student Association and the Physical Education
                                                                                                                    students for Sunday, the 17th of April, 2011 at the New
                                                                                                                    Residential College, The Core.

                                                                                                                    This biennial event aims to increase the students
                                                                                                                    fund to support various student activities locally and
                                                                                                                    internationally, to promote healthful living in the UBD
                                                                                                                    community, and to increase unity and ties between
                                                                                                                    staff and UBD students.

                                                                                                                    The jogathon is also a charitable event - 10 per cent
                                                                                                                    of the proceeds were donated to SMARTER Brunei
                                                                                                                    and the National Welfare Fund.

                                                                                                                    The jogathon this year was divided into 10 separate
                                                                                                                    male and female categories. These included
     Under the University of Carolina’s SEAS and Southeast Asia semester programmes, and under the aegis of         the categories of staff above the age of 41, staff
     UBD’s new Global Discovery programme, two groups of UNC students made their way to Brunei for the first        between the ages of 31 and 40, staff under the age
     time in May and June.                                                                                          of 30, students and the open run category.
                                                                                                                                                                              A delegation from Universiti Brunei Darussalam
     As part of a packed itinerary drawn up by the director of the Continuing Education Centre (CEC), Dr. Yabit     The male participants’ course was estimated to            participated in the 9th ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum in
     bin Alas, the students were accompanied by UBD student “buddies” during their excursions around Brunei         be around four to five kilometres while the female        Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which was held on the 23rd to
     and Temburong. These excursions included field trips out to the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, and a     participants’ course was estimated to be between          the 28th of May 2011. Six UBD students were selected
     homestay at the Kampong Amo longhouse in Temburong.                                                            three and four kilometres.                                to represent UBD in this forum.

     While at the KBFSC, the students were treated to a brief introduction to Temburong and the vital role that     About 300 Universiti Brunei Darussalam staff and          The forum, whose theme was ‘Arts, Identity and
     the KBFSC plays in understanding Brunei’s rainforests. They were also taken on a guided forest walk along      students turned up in support for the event.              Unity’, was hosted by Universitas Gadjah Mada for
     the Ashton trail, and were able to ascend the Canopy Walk. During the trip to the longhouse, the students                                                                all AUN member countries. Apart from cultivating the
     were fortunate enough to help with traditional cooking for the evening meal, take a swim in a nearby river,    The prizes were presented by Associate Prof. Dr.          spirit of friendship and togetherness between ASEAN
     learn basket weaving and participate in some traditional games. The highlight of the stay at the longhouse,    Zohrah binti Hj Sulaiman, Acting Vice Chancellor.         University Network (AUN) member universities through
     however, was the re-enactment of a traditional Iban wedding, complete with a ceremonial parade through                                                                   their unique performance art, the forum also aimed
     the longhouse, and a traditional dance performance.                                                            Winning the first prize in the Male Student Category, a   to capture the essence of ASEAN cultural heritage,
                                                                                                                    return plane ticket to Kuala Lumpur, was Aminuddin        influences and development in order to promote better
     The UNC students were also taken around Brunei’s major historical and cultural landmarks by the UBD buddies.   Zakaria. Fui Tze Tan, who won the corresponding prize     understanding and appreciation of ASEAN culture.
     These trips were given more depth and punctuated by vibrant and energetic seminars on Brunei culture and       in the Female Student Category, received a two-day,
     tradition that were given by UBD academics.                                                                    one-night stay at Empire Hotel.                           The forum consisted of lectures, workshops,
                                                                                                                                                                              cultural performances and a cultural trip. A total
     UBD’s new Global Discovery Programme is set to see many more of these visits, as well as participation in      Prizes and medals were awarded to the top five in         of 26 universities from AUN’s 10 member nations
     programmes of a longer duration, from overseas universities.                                                   each category.                                            participated in the forum. The experience from the
                                                                                                                                                                              forum will help UBD as it prepares to host the 10th
                                                                                                                                                                              ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum next year.

                         Thai Students
                              visit UBD
         A group of six students from Chiangmai University,
       Thailand arrived in Brunei Darussalam on the 12th of
       April 2011 for a week-long friendly visit. The students
            were the liaison officers at the ASEAN University
       Games 2010 in Chiangmai and were welcomed by
         the UBD Contingent from the Games, as well as a
                                      PMUBD representative.
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     1st iCUBE meeting paves the way for                                                                                                     New Faculty of                          The construction of the new extension to the Faculty
                                                                                                                                                                                     of Science Building commenced on Saturday, the

     international collaboration between                                                                                                  Science Extension                          30th of April 2011. The expected date of completion is
                                                                                                                                                                                     the 1st of March 2013 over a construction period of 22

     universities                                                                                                                            breaks ground                           months. The project will cost just over B$21 million and
                                                                                                                                                                                     the extension will be located next to the University
                                                                                                                                                                                     Mosque, in front of the New Residential College. This
     The Scientific Committee of the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the                                                                  is the second of six projects to be rolled out under the
     Environment (iCUBE), met for the first time on the 4th of June 2011, at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation                                                                National Development Plan.
     and Advancement (ILIA), UBD. iCUBE is a global initiative spearheaded by UBD which serves to internationalise
     the campus and its programmes, and to develop the research agenda and elevate it to a higher level.                                                                             Team of Consultants:
                                                                                                                                                                                     Architect HAZA [Lead]
     The inaugural Scientific Committee Meeting hosted by UBD was attended by members from King’s College                                                                            Jurutera Tempatan [Civil and Structural]
     London, Korea University, Monash University, University of Auckland, University of Bonn, and the University of                                                                  HZ Associates [Quantity Surveyor]
     North Carolina.                                                                                                                                                                 Jurusy Perunding [Mechanical and Electrical]

     The Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting, Associate Professor Dr Azman Ahmad, Assistant Vice-                                                                              Main Contractor:
     Chancellor for New Initiatives and Innovation, expressed his delight over the success of the meeting, and at                                                                    Tobishima Sdn Bhd
     the profound interest of iCUBE partner universities in collaborating with UBD and each other. One Scientific
     Committee member from the University of Auckland expressed her admiration of Brunei Darussalam’s
     peatswamp forest which has been left in pristine condition and deserves to be given special attention in
     view of its potential to play a significant role in today’s concerns over climate change. After the meeting,
     researchers and scientists in UBD were given an opportunity to interact with the iCUBE overseas delegates,                   Construction begins for                            The construction of the new extension to the University
                                                                                                                                                                                     Library started on Thursday, the 12th of May 2011. The
     where they explored areas of potential collaboration and discussed specific cooperative projects.
                                                                                                                               University Library Extension                          expected date of completion is the 11th of August
                                                                                                                                                                                     2012 over a construction period of 15 months. The
     Prior to the meeting, the iCUBE Scientific Committee members were taken to UBD’s Kuala Belalong Field                                                                           project will cost approximately BND5.7 million, and
     Studies Centre (KBFSC) in Temburong for an overnight stay, where they toured the facilities provided at the                                                                     the construction will be undertaken by LCY Sdn Bhd.
     research centre, and learned about the forest dynamics found along the Ashton Trail. At KBFSC, the overseas                                                                     The new extension building is located next to the
     delegates also learned about the various research endeavours carried out by UBD’s scientists including                                                                          ICTC area, and is adjacent to FASS. This is the third
     research on flora and fauna at the centre. The delegates expressed their fascination with the richness of the                                                                   of six projects to be rolled out under the National
     biodiversity found in Brunei Darussalam’s rainforest, and their admiration for the facilities available at the KBFSC.                                                           Development Plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Team of Consultants
                                                                                                                                                                                     ALD Consultants [Architect]
     The WorldMUN                                                                                                                                                                    Lah Consultants [Quantity Surveyor]

                                                                                                                                                                                     Jurutera OMC [M&E]
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jurutera MWHC

     WorldMUN has grown remarkably in the last 20 years. It started as a conference in Miedzyzdroje, Poland with                                                                     Main Contractor
     300 delegates in 1992, and has now developed into a conference for over 2,200 university students from all                                                                      LCY Sdn Bhd
     over the world. This year, more Asian students than ever flocked to Singapore to take part, united in their drive
     to make this world a better place to live for everyone.

     This year’s opening ceremony was held in the theatre of the National University of Singapore’s Cultural Centre.
     Mr Geoge Yeo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an opening speech and Prof. Ibrahim Agboola
     Ganbari, the United Nation’s Under-Secretary-General/Special Adviser on Africa, delivered a striking keynote

     For many of the delegates, WorldMUN was a very new experience, and the four-day event was filled with                                                                                          The CORE
     vigorous discussion. Bruneian delegates were in the thick of things, as they debated, discussed, argued and
     shared insights with the other delegates on topics as wide ranging as women’s rights and food security.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tattoo delegates
     WorldMUN represents a model of effective networking and bridge-building between nations, affording
     university students a critical opportunity to have their ambitions fueled by a global perspective, and                  The CORE received 296 Tattoo delegates from 4           Various meetings had been conducted between
     addressing honestly the political and cultural constraints that they face on a national and international level.        countries during the festivities. The first delegates   the management and Tattoo Secretariat to make
                                                                                                                             arrived from the Philippines, followed by delegations   sure that everything was ready for the arrival of
                                                                                                                             from Thailand, Oman and Malaysia. It was a busy         the delegates. Part-time UBD employees were
                                                                                                                             week for the CORE, whose staff was an alert around      hired to help with the extra work, including daily
                                                                                                                             the clock to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of     housekeeping and 24 hour reception.
                                                                                                                             their guests.
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     Energy Exhibition                                                                                                     News from the GSR Office
                                                                                                                           The Graduate Studies and Research Office (GSRO)              In the area of Graduate Admissions, January 2012
                                                                                                                           is pleased to announce that the Science and                  Applications are now open until the 31st of July
                                                                                                                           Technology (S&T) Round III Research Grant is currently       2011. There has been an increase in the number
                                                                                                                           undergoing selection after four phases that were             of graduate applications from last year and there
                                                                                                                           held from the 11th of April to the 16th of April 2011.       have been a total of 926 applications received as
                                                                                                                           This round is different from the first two rounds as it is   of 31st March 2011 for our August 2011 intake, more
                                                                                                                           classified into four main sections;                          than three times as many as applied for our January
                                                                                                                                                                                        2011 intake. Our August 2011 intake briefing for new
                                                                                                                           1.   Cancer                                                  graduates is tentatively to be held on the 27th of July
                                                                                                                           2.   Obesity                                                 2011 in the Senate Room at V8am. Graduate students
                                                                                                                           3.   Ageing                                                  who missed the last briefing are encouraged to
                                                                                                                           4.   Environment and Sustainable Development                 attend this session.

                                                                                                                           GSRO also held their URC Business Meeting on the             For more information, please contact extension
                                                                                                                           14th of April 2011. The URC Business Committee               2308/2311/2323 or email us at
                                                                                                                           evaluates new research grant proposals and any               office.psr@ubd.edu.bn.
     Universiti Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with the   couple of years, Germany now employs over 370               other matters pertaining to research matters such as
     German Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, hosted an            people in this sector and is a frontrunner and leader       research leave applications and extensions, amongst
     exhibition from 19 May – 3 June 2011 at the Institute     in renewable energy technologies. Germany has the           others. There were up to seven approved research
     for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA)         world’s second largest installed capacity for wind          grants in this meeting. Seed funding of up to $10,000
     UBD on “Renewables made in Germany – The Green            power at 24,000MW and is ranked 1st in the world            is available to new academic staff who have joined
     Energy Supply for Today and Tomorrow”. There was          for Photovoltaic installed capacity at over 8,000MW.        UBD within one year of their appointment. Interested
     also a lecture series on “Renewables - Made in            The rapid growth of this industry sector is owed to the     researchers can contact our Project Managers for
     Germany, the German contribution to sustainable           favourable conditions established by German Energy          more information.
     renewable energy supply in South East Asia” by Mr.        policies and the German Renewables Act(EEG) of 2000.
     Torsten Fritsche of German Agency for International
     Cooperation (GIZ) and “Energy Efficient Building          The exhibition travels to showcase German
     Design-the key for a low carbon future” by Mr.            engineering and technology. Since 2002, the
     Andreas Gursch M.A., the Managing Director of INEP        exhibition has reached the shores of more than
     Asia Ltd. in Taiwan.                                      120 countries. The exhibition has been successful
                                                               in raising awareness of the latest developments
     The 26-Panel Exhibition showcased today’s                 in renewable energy technology. The exhibition
     technologies and technological trends in renewable        clearly demonstrates the existence of technologies
     energy. The exhibition was designed to provide clear      capable of providing alternative energy resources to
     and concise technical explanations of renewable           fossil fuel, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and
     energy technologies, illustrated by graphs and photos     providing growth in a new economic sector.
     of their applications, showing not only the merits of
     each technology but also global outlooks and trends       The current updated version of the exhibition which
     in renewable energy deployment.                           can be viewed now only became available in
                                                               March this year. Brunei is the first country where the
     Why an exhibition from Germany?                           new exhibition can be viewed. Since it is a travelling
                                                               exhibit, this means that it will shortly move on to its
     Renewable Energy Technologies are a German                next destination. It is a point of pride, therefore, that
     success story. Today, Germany supplies almost 20% of      UBD in collaboration with the German Embassy was
     all its energy needs from renewable energy sources        able to make it possible for the Bruneian public to
     and is rapidly working towards the fulfilment of its      be the first in the world to see these professionally
     Energy Vision 2050, targeting 50% primary energy          designed new panels. Students from UBD and ITB,
     consumption from renewable energy sources. After          technical colleges and vocational and secondary
     experiencing rapid growth in this field over the last     schools were invited and encouraged to visit the
                                                               exhibition at UBD when it was from May 19 to May 25.
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     Earth Hour at                                             Upcoming                                                   Obesity Research                                          Cancer Research
     Brunei Hotel                                              new studio!                                                Cluster                                                   takes off at UBD
     On the 26th of March 2011, UBD FM was invited by          UBD FM is proud to announce that we will be moving         The increasing prevalence of obesity and its              Cancer is one of the main causes of death in Brunei
     the Brunei Hotel to their Earth Hour Celebration. In      to a new location at The Core. Renovation is taking        complications constitutes a major public health           Darussalam. It has been stated that the increase in
     order to increase awareness of Earth Hour, the Brunei     place over the semester holidays, and fans of UBD FM       problem in many countries worldwide, including            cancer risk is set to continue, as younger generation
     Hotel invited several local bands to enliven the night    can expect the new studio to be up and running by          Brunei Darussalam. The World Health Organization          of Brunei experiencing the most marked rise in
     and served a wonderful International Buffet dinner        the time the new semester starts. UBD FM is going for      estimates that Brunei has the highest prevalence of       number of cancer cases. The increase in levels of
     for their guests.                                         an “open-studio” concept where the public will be          obesity among ASEAN countries.                            lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and
                                                               able to watch the deejays in action. At the moment,                                                                  colorectal cancer are striking.
     UBD FM was given the opportunity to host the event,       we are still in operation in our current studio, and you   In response to this alarming trend, UBD’s Obesity
     and one of the activities was the ‘Pledge Tree’           can still tune in to us at http://ubdfm.blogspot.com       Research Cluster aims to generate evidence to             Universiti Brunei Darussalam established the cancer
     where people were invited to pledge their hopes                                                                      inform policy and practice related to the prevention,     research cluster network in order to begin to address
     and actions for Earth Hour. To show support for the                                                                  control, and management of obesity. To this aim,          these troubling changes. The cluster aims to integrate
     cause, UBD FM was off-air that evening from 8.30pm                                                                   ORC investigators are currently seeking funds for         basic and clinical research towards a better
     to 9.30pm.                                                                                                           proposed research projects. One project entitled          understanding of cancer in the Brunian community. In
                                                                                                                          ‘Polymorphisms in the leptin gene and obesity status      conjuction with this, the cancer research cluster looks
                                                                                                                          in Brunei Darussalam’ is designed to study the            to inform and empower the entire cancer research
                                                                                                                          influence of LEP G-2548A polymorphism on plasma           community by making discoveries in basic and
                                                                                                                          leptin and obesity-related traits in Bruneians and to     clinical cancer research and by developing them into
                                                                                                                          assess the pattern of obesity among child, adult, and     novel therapeutic interventions for patients afflicted
                                                                                                                          elderly participants in the project. Co-investigators     with cancer. Current research includes studies of lung
     Ranoadidas 8th Anniversary                                                                                           in this study are from the Ministry of Health; Jerudong
                                                                                                                          Park Medical Centre; and Drexel Univertiy, USA. This
                                                                                                                                                                                    and breast cancers in Brunei, as well as investigating
                                                                                                                                                                                    the construction of a cancer vaccine.
                                                                                                                          project will help to establish advanced research
     The 25th of May 2011 marked the celebration of the        out vouchers and handling Ranoadidas lucky draw
                                                                                                                          facilities for future projects on genetic applications
     8th Anniversary of Ranoadidas.com. An event was           for the public on the final day.
                                                                                                                          in other diseases and conditions. The project
     held at the International Convention Centre. The event
                                                                                                                          will also contribute positively to the prospects of
     was also in conjunction with the 8th Consumer Fair        UBD FM also had its own booth with Ranoadidas and
                                                                                                                          future projects on target gene therapy and the
     organised by Sunlit Advertising. UBD FM was invited to    to add to the festivities, we organised Extremix, in
                                                                                                                          identification of new biomarkers.
     the celebration as one of the official partners.          which the participants had to guess scrambled songs
                                                               to win prizes sponsored by Ranoadidas himself. In
                                                                                                                          Another project entitled the ‘Anti-obesity effect of
     The event lasted for four days and numerous activities    addition, UBD FM helped emcee the Talent Show and
                                                                                                                          traditional or medicinal plants of Brunei Darussalam’
     for the public to participate in were held, including     also participated in other games such as the Red Bull
                                                                                                                          aims to identify commonly used herbs in Brunei
     the Twitter Hunt, a Cosplay competition, a Sushi          Competition, the Komala and the 24/7 games.
                                                                                                                          Darussalam as anti-obesity agents and to evaluate
     Eating Contest and a Sloppy Joe Eating contest. UBD
                                                                                                                          and quantify their effectiveness on the inhibition
     FM was responsible for participant registration, giving
                                                                                                                          of digestive enzymes, lipid metabolism, and
                                                                                                                          thermogenesis in vitro. This project is expected to
                                                                                                                          identify anti-obesity herbs which can ultimately
                                                                                                                          eliminate the need for people to count calories to
                                                                                                                          reduce weight. This project also has the potential to
                                                                                                                          develop at least one local herb into a commercially
                                                                                                                          available anti-obesity drug. It is hoped that
                                                                                                                          local commercial partners can be identified to
                                                                                                                          manufacture the product in Brunei.
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       It is not too often that    This is precisely what His    He humbly describes himself as “just anther amateur          His Excellency is confident that more intensified          His Excellency is convinced that such positive
       you find a diplomatic       Excellency Joseph K H         arachnologist”, but he is actually an Honorary Research      taxonomic research in plants and animals will allow        institutional support will send a powerful signal to
      envoy literally beating      Koh, the Singapore High       Associate of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity              Bruneians to develop a more accurate inventory of          the international scientific community, entice more
            around the bush in     Commissioner to Brunei        Research of the National University of Singapore.            their natural heritage and lend credence claim to          foreign experts to work hand-in-hand with local
                                   Darussalam, has been                                                                       Brunei’s claim as a biodiversity hotspot.                  students and scientists, and build up a more detailed
      the Bruneian rainforest
                                   doing at UBD’s Kuala          His Excellency is excited by an emerging picture of                                                                     picture of the flora and fauna in Brunei. To His
            looking for spiders.   Belalong Field Studies        Brunei’s rich spider diversity from his research: well       He is highly appreciative of the fact that the KBFSC       Excellency, these are sure steps that will contribute to
                                   Centre (KBFSC) once or        over 500 “morphospecies” spanning across at least            has been granting local and visiting scientists easy       Brunei becoming one of the centres of excellence in
                                   twice each year over the      25 families, almost all are recorded for the first time in   access to protected rainforests, offering them “one        biodiversity research in the region.
                                   last five years.              Brunei, and many are completely new to science.              of the most comfortable facilities for field work in the
                                                                                                                              region”. He adds that the same can be said of the
                                   Outside his official work,    Stressing that the estimate is grossly conservative,         Research Centre at the Tasek Merimbun Heritage
                                   His Excellency has been       he confesses that he has accumulated a backlog               Park, which has also been very helpful in his research.
                                   collecting and studying       of “hundreds” of unsorted specimens from 5 years
                                   Bruneian spiders as part      of field work awaiting more thorough examination
                                   of a life-long project of     and categorisation.
                                   drawing up a broader
                                   inventory of the spiders of   His current priority is to develop an annotated
                                   Southeast Asia.               checklist, perhaps with a companion pictorial
                                                                 identification guide; he also hopes to sort out his
                                                                 collection quickly so that a set of voucher specimens
                                                                 can be deposited at the Brunei Museum in a national
                                                                 spider reference collection.

                                                                 He hopes that his preliminary work will encourage
                                                                 young Bruneian scientists to take up arachnology
                                                                 and attract the international arachnologist
                                                                 community to visit Brunei and study the spiders here.
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     The Faculty of Science designs a                                                                                                                  UBD Roadshow to
     self-configurable eco home.                                                                                                   universities in the United States 2011
     UBD’s Faculty of Science is currently carrying          monitoring and control with relatively low cost
     out cutting edge research related to smart              components. The sensors have been integrated into
     monitoring, control and communication.                  one central operation unit that can monitor room
     The main objective of this particular study is energy   temperature, humidity, human motion activity and
     efficiency, which resulted in a prototype design of a   so on to reduce energy consumption in a typical
     self-configurable eco-home. Recently the importance     home. Through this study, the necessary software
     of autonomous monitoring has become an essential        has been developed, and the integration of off the
     part of the society. Autonomous monitoring and          shelf component boards has resulted in the desired
     control in a home environment can lead to energy        outcome. The primary researchers involved in this
     savings and make a house into an eco-friendly home.     study are Associate Professor Dr. Chandratilak De
     Autonomous monitoring can also serve as an alerting     Silva Liyanage and Pg Dr. Mohd. Iskandar Bin Pg Hj
     mechanism when something is out of the ordinary         Petra, from the Faculty of Science, and they can
     so that the controlling mechanism can rectify the       be contacted at the following email addresses:
     problem. In this study, the Faculty has developed       liyanage.silva@ubd.edu.bn or iskandar.petra@ubd.
     a home monitoring central control unit that can         edu.bn
     read inputs from multiple sensors for autonomous

                                                                                                                  As part of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s ongoing          Among the universities visited were:
                                                                                                                  internationalisation efforts, a roadshow to universities
                                                                                                                  in the United States was conducted between                 • Yale University
                                                                                                                  April and May 2011. Various meetings took place            • Duke University
                                                                                                                  between senior management, faculty members                 • Harvard University
                                                                                                                  and researchers of leading American universities           • University of Michigan
                                                                                                                  and UBD. The meetings have resulted in various             • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
                                                                                                                  key outcomes that cover significant potential for          • New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                                                                                  research and teaching collaboration, as well as staff      • University of Virginia
                                                                                                                  and student exchanges.                                     • Old Dominion University
                                                                                                                                                                             • University of North Carolina
                                                                                                                  Two separate road shows were conducted:                    • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
                                                                                                                  Team 1 was led by Dr Anita Aziz (Assistant Vice            • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
                                                                                                                  Chancellor for Education & Internationalisation), who      • Penn State University
                                                                                                                  was accompanied by Dr Hazri Kifle (Dean of Faculty         • Northwestern University
                                                                                                                  of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, and Dr          • Babson College
                                                                                                                  Leong Vai Shiem (Liaison Officer for USA Region), who
                                                                                                                  visited universities on the East Coast and Mid-Eastern
                                                                                                                  states between 17 May to 25 May 2011.

                                                                                                                  Team 2 was led by Professor Tong Chee Kiong
                                                                                                                  (Special Academic Advisor), who was accompanied
                                                                                                                  by Professor Dato Mohamed Bin Abdul Majid (Dean
                                                                                                                  of Faculty of Science) and Dr Jimmy Lim (Head of
                                                                                                                  Energy Research Group), who visited institutions and
                                                                                                                  universities in Singapore (while in transit) and those
                                                                                                                  on the East and West Coast of the United States
                                                                                                                  between 15 April to 27 April 2011.
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     Science, Technology and Society                            V-Sigma 2: Essential Leadership Workshop,                   Executive Development Program for Senior Officers from Cambodia,
     Joint Workshop by Universiti Brunei                        Universiti Brunei Darussalam.                               Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (EDPSGO-CLMV)
     Darussalam (UBD) and the Center for
                                                                                                                            The Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) conducted the 9th EDPSGO-CLMV, which
     Development Research (ZEF),                                                                                            lasted a month, from the 18th of April 2011 until the 18th of May 2011. In this edition of the program, three
     University of Bonn                                                                                                     senior officers took part: Mr U Aung Kyaw Oo from Myanmar, the Director of the Training, Research and
     Brunei Darussalam, September 23-25, 2011                                                                               Foreign Languages Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mrs Seng Serevathana from Cambodia, Vice
                                                                                                                            Head of Administrative Office, ASEAN Resource Centre of State Secretariat for Civil Service; and Mr Vanhxay
                                                                                                                            Vannavong from Laos, the Director of the Training and Development Division, Department of Civil Services
     From September 23-25 2011, a workshop on Science,
                                                                                                                            Management, Public Administration and Civil Service Authority, Prime Minister’s Office.
     Technology and Society will be organised by Universiti
     Brunei Darussalam and the Centre for Development
                                                                                                                            The participants completed the month-long program by giving individual presentations on critical issues
     Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn. Under the
                                                                                                                            relating to their respective countries, demonstrating good analytical skills and knowledge by linking theoretical
     auspices of the Science, Technology and Society
                                                                                                                            concepts with practical problems that were relevant to their respective countries.
     Research Cluster, which has members from FASS,
                                                                                                                            During the closing ceremony, Programme Coordinator Frankie Ong expressed hopes that the programme
     SHBIE and FBEPS, the workshop will take a panel
                                                                                                                            had fulfilled its intention of enhancing the potential of CLMV officers to promote sustainable economic
     format where distinguished speakers will introduce a
                                                                                                                            development, raise the quality of life of their people, and accelerate the economic integration of the CLMV
     topic which will then be followed by discussion. The 3
                                                                                                                            into the ASEAN community.
     panels will discuss
                                                                                                                            The three participants underwent nine modules tailored to suit the needs of CLMV senior government
                                                                                                                            officers, based on current affairs and issues in public policy and business management, such as professional
     1.    Science and Technology Policy,
                                                                                                                            communication for diplomats and transformational leadership.
     2.    Knowledge Governance and Innovation                  The Institute for Leadership, Innovation and
           Diffusion, and                                       Advancement (ILIA), UBD, is currently conducting            The programme also included visits to various landmarks in the country such as the Royal Regalia Museum,
     3.    Science, Technology and Education.                   a ‘V-Sigma’ workshop. The workshop began on                 the Water Village and The Empire Hotel & Country Club, as well as visits to the CLMV embassies in Brunei, and
                                                                the 21st of May and will continue on until the 6th of       educational trips to the Sungai Liang Authority Park, Brunei Methanol Company, the Civil Service Institute and
     Speakers will come from Brunei, Asia and Europe, and       June, 2011. This workshop caters for junior to middle       the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This provided participants with an insight into the development of
     will include foremost experts in the fields concerned.     executives in the public and private sectors as well        Brunei and the life of its people.
     These include Prof. Dr. Peter Weingart (the keynote        as graduates from universities. The modules of the
     speaker), Prof. Dr. Thomas Menkhoff from Singapore         workshop aim to provide and equip the participants          EDPSGO-CLMV is part of the initiative aimed towards an ASEAN integration project and is Brunei’s
     and Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Evers, Visiting Professor from   with a sound foundation and understanding of                contribution to regional cooperation through building the capacity of human resources in the public sector
     ZEF. The workshop will be held at UBD and is open to       core leadership, negotiation skills, increase speaker       of CLMV countries.
     all, but will be of special interest to those who wish     confidence as well as other executive skills, which are
     to hear about and discuss the latest developments          essential tools in the modern 21st century workplace.       At the end of the program, UBD Assistant Vice Chancellor (New Initiative and Innovation) Associate Professor
     relating to science, technology and society and their
                                                                                                                            Dr. Azman Ahmad handed out certificates to participants acknowledging their achievement.
     impact on policy, innovation and education. Further        This 10-day workshop consists of 5 modules: Decision
     details may be obtained from Cluster Coordinator           Making For Leaders, Inspiring Change, The Fearless
     Dr Alistair Wood, alistair.wood@ubd.edu.bn.                Speaker, Strategic Value Creation and Strategic
                                                                Negotiation. Our top international and in-house UBD
                                                                expertise will provide facilitation for these modules. In
                                                                addition to lectures, participants will also be involved
                                                                in highly interactive workshop sessions. These include
                                                                case studies with small and full group discussions,
                                                                interactive presentations, role playing and video
                                                                case studies.

                                                                The V-Sigma 1 workshop will focus on General
                                                                Management and is scheduled to take place in
                                                                September. A second V Sigma workshop (V Sigma
                                                                2) will address Essential Leadership and will be held
                                                                sometime in November this year.

                                                                For more information on these workshops, please visit
                                                                the UBD web portal at http://www.ubd.edu.bn.

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