UBD continues to draw foreigners studying Islam
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) continues to attract foreign students each year, mainly due to the varsity’s world-class Islamic faculty members.
SOASCIS Director Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar said recently that at least five foreign students enroll at the university each year.
According to him, the international students come from countries within Southeast Asia and beyond, such as Ghana and Germany.
Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Osman said that many international students were attracted to SOASCIS due to its pool of world-class professors in Islamic civilisation and contemporary issues.
Brunei Darussalam and UBD also provide very attractive scholarships to international students, he said.
“And of course, Brunei itself is a nice and peaceful place to study,” he said.
He stressed that combining all those factors gave the university an edge over others in the eyes of international students.
The SOASCIS director said that UBD had a good international network of scholars across the world, partly because of the annual SOASCIS International Conference (SICON) organised by the centre, which draws the participation of international academics from all over the world.
“We always attempt to contribute to enhancing the reputation of UBD internationally through our workshops, seminars, and of course, our publications,” he said.
He noted that SOASCIS publishes four or five books each year.
Singaporean Muhammad Mubarak Habib Mohamed, who is a postgraduate student carrying out research in Islam and science education at SOASCIS, said that he decided to study in UBD because it “houses internationally-renowned scholars, which is a great asset to the university and also to Brunei Darussalam”.
“SOASCIS is the postgraduate centre for students and researchers who are interested in looking into the intellectual heritage of Islamic civilisation because of the availability of its experts,” he said.
Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr Osman said there are currently 28 local and international students enrolled at SOASCIS.
The Brunei Times