Bruneian among 7 selected for Fulbright US-ASEAN tour

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AMONG seven selected scholars from around the ASEAN region, Siti Salwah Hj Saim, Senior Special Duties Officer with the Government of Brunei Darussalam, will take part in the first-ever Fulbright US ASEAN Visiting Scholars Initiative as a grantee.

On November 22, 2013, US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Daniel Shields offered his congratulations as she represents Brunei Darussalam. “The Fulbright Programme is widely acclaimed as one of the premier and most esteemed academic exchange programmes in the world,” he stated. “Her project is a representation of a current and increasingly important area of focus in ASEAN,” Ambassador Shields stated, wishing her luck in her research in the United States.

Siti Salwa will be conducting her research at the University of California, Berkeley, on the challenges and impacts of climate change. She hopes “the research findings can be shared among the relevant departments, ministries here and also can be shared among other ASEAN countries.

“This is to enhance the mutual understanding and cooperation between US-Brunei and the other ASEAN countries.”

She continued by thanking the US Department of State “for giving me the opportunity to contribute on behalf of Brunei Darussalam and give back to the global community and especially to the ASEAN community.”

Other Visiting Scholar’s areas of research include food security, public health, US ASEAN political relations, monetary policy, and law. The program is sponsored by the Department of State. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late US Senator J William Fulbright, the sponsorship by the Department of State is in partnership with governments around the world.

It is the US flagship international educational exchange programme designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and the people of other countries.

Currently, the American Embassy is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Fulbright US ASEAN Visiting Scholars Initiative.

It is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGO’s in Brunei Darussalam. The programme includes travel to the US for scholarly and professionial research for three-four months on issues relevant to member nations and central to the US-ASEAN relationship. The closing date of applications is December 5th, 2013.

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The Brunei Times