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
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
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
and Kings College London, for his remarkable
contributions nationally and internationally to from King’s College from Universitas
9th Asean Youth Cultural Forum
education and international affairs.
Although this issue marks the end of our academic
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
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
email@example.com 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
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.
27 Executive Development Programme
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
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
• 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
prepare students for Recently DiscoverUBD caught up with three of UBD’s
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
“experiment”, as Naeem put it, with Abdulwasiu
commenting on the high quality facilities and
Munshi saying that it provides a good environment
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.
U.B.D. (Universities of Brunei Debate) Pesta Sukan sukan serta diikuti oleh kontinjen-kontinjen yang
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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]
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
HIS EXCELLENCY THE SPIDERMAN
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.