13 Borneo varsities to meet at UBD

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UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) will host the inaugural Borneo Studies Network Governing Council meeting on October 27-28, it said in a statement yesterday.

UBD said the opening ceremony will witness the signing of the Borneo Studies Network Charter and the launch of its website.

“The charter will mark the official beginning of collaborative and cooperative efforts by its member institutions,” the statement read.

“It is also hoped that the website will facilitate communications and resource-sharing across institutions as well as foster recognition of important work being done by the institutions in the network across international circles,” it added.

UBD stated that the Governing Council meeting will also run concurrently with a Graduate Student Workshop for postgraduates from each of the education institutions.

“The workshop will feature presentations by participating postgraduates on their ongoing research across disciplines in Borneo Studies and academic training sessions run by the UBD faculty.”

The workshop is another part of the network’s efforts to foster research competitiveness and demonstrate its commitment to build the capacity of young Borneo Studies scholars, it added.

The opening ceremony will also feature a keynote address by renowned philologist, Professor Hendrik J Maier, a visiting professor at UBD’s Institute of Asian Studies.

Thirteen member universities will attend the meeting at UBD’s The Core including Universitas Borneo Tarakan, Universitas Palangka Raya, Universitas Islam Kalimantan, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

Other universities are Universitas Mulawarman (Samarinda-Indonesia), Universitas Lambung Mangkurat (Banjarmasin-Indonesia), Universitas Balikpapan (Indonesia), Universitas Tanjungpura, Institut Dayakologi, Sekolah Tinggi Pastoral Keuskupan Agung, and Mata Enggang Institut in Pontianak.

UBD became the meeting’s host after it was appointed as secretariat for the Borneo Studies Network during the establishment of its governing board in 2013.

The Borneo Studies Network was aimed at establishing a conducive and systematic environment for researchers from member institutions and affiliates.

It was founded in 2012 to address the need for further research on the Borneo Island, the third largest island in the world and one of the most important biodiversity hotspots worldwide.

Last October, UBD had hosted the first meeting for the proposed establishment of the Borneo Studies Network, which involved 10 tertiary education institutions.

The Brunei Times