About 140 researchers mobilised through iCUBE

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ABOUT 140 researchers from eight renowned universities, including Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), have been mobilised through the Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE) to date.

UBD Director at the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) Associate Professor Dr Kushan Tennakoon said this shows iCUBE is “not a static consortium, but that many students, staff and researchers are moving within these universities.”

“The most important thing is that we complement our capabilities and expertise and, within this platform, we disseminate the knowledge to our younger generation,” he told The Brunei Times yesterday.

Today iCUBE will be launching a virtual teaching and learning platform called the massive open online courses (MOOCs), where iCUBE member universities can contribute to the education platform, said Professor Dr Kushan.

“For example, for overseas students who want to visit the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, they can now go online and (partake) in an online module first to get themselves trained in certain techniques and be well-prepared prior to going to the centre,” he explained.

Over these next two days, he said iCUBE members will be taking certain policy decisions which will enable iCUBE to move forward with a much broader scope over the coming years.

Apart from the biennial governing board meetings, Professor Dr Kushan said scientific committee meetings will also be held.

“The scientific meetings will ratify the activities at the governing board meetings. As a consortium, we are moving ahead of bilateral cooperation into multilateral cooperation by bringing in resources from these eight universities consortium into one platform,” he said.

“We complement our capabilities by bringing in experts from these universities. We have successfully conducted four international workshops and training programmes related to climate change, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and social aspects,” he added.

In addition to the workshops and training programmes, Dr Kushan said they successfully launched an expedition to Bukit Pagon.

“(Today), the Bukit Pagon Coffee Table book will be launched, and it was conducted in close collaboration with the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and its Forestry Department,” he said.

The Brunei Times