UBD signs MoU with top Japanese university

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kyoto University to collaborate in research activities and promote student exchanges.

The two universities, which previously collaborated through the Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences and the Institute of Advanced Energy, added that the agreement would “enable more such efforts not only in research, but also in teaching as well as staff and student exchanges.”

UBD Vice-Chancellor Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi and President of Kyoto University Professor Hiroshi Matsumoto signed the MoU last week, a press release from UBD stated.

The vice-chancellor hoped that UBD’s strengths in “biodiversity, energy, Asian Studies and Islamic Studies” would make it a valuable partner to Kyoto University.

Both institutions are founding members of the Consortium for the Study of Southeast Asia in Asia (SEASIA), which will hold an inaugural conference in 2015, bringing together “renowned and emerging scholars working on all aspects of Southeast Asia.”

He added that UBD’s “relative youth and size” have enabled it to implement institutional changes such as the GenNEXT undergraduate system and its Discovery Year programme, whereby third year students choose one or a mix of student exchange, incubation, community outreach or internships.

As this year represents the 30th year of diplomatic relations between Brunei and Japan, the vice-chancellor extended an invitation to the president of Kyoto University to visit UBD next year, which will also mark UBD’s 30th anniversary.

Kyoto University is ranked among the top 10 universities in Asia, and is regularly ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.

The Brunei Times