By Waleed PD Mahdini, BB 9 Oct 2010
Following the announcement by its Chancellor, His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Universiti Brunei Darussalam has formally introduced the Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS).
According to Dr Anita Abdul Aziz, Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor (Education and Internationalisation) of UBD and Dean of the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences, “it is a prestigious scheme to promote graduate students of excellence”.
Initiated this year, nearly 40 scholarships were awarded, selected from several hundred local and foreign applicants. The GRS, despite having just commenced in September 2010, has already received fresh applications for the second intake that is due to commence in January 2011.
The GRS is for a Masters by research and PhD. Students will receive an allowance of $1,500 per month and up to a further $600 for teaching six hours per week at UBD. More importantly, this scheme also allows the research students to conduct fieldwork abroad.
One objective of this research programme is to facilitate the graduate students to study Applied Shari’ah in contemporary fields such as Islamic Banking, Finance, Medical Ethics, Political Science, Islamic Governance, Management, Public Administration and others.
This objective is in line with the aspirations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to enhance and broaden research activities at UBD, which the monarch stated in his titah during the recent convocation that was held at Brunei’s premier tertiary institution.
In this regard, the soon to be established Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddin Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) would serve as an intellectual arena for UBD to collaborate with other advanced research centres in various fields, thus contributing towards launching UBD as a leading international centre for advanced Islamic studies.