Brunei Darussalam’s strategic location at the hub of Asia, along with its political stability and growing national emphasis attached to research and development have given Universiti Brunei Darussalam an opportunity to establish the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) which is a research centre with the objective of undertaking cutting-edge research in the study of Asian affairs with a particular focus on Borneo Studies, South China Sea Studies, Popular Culture, Economic and Financial Integration in Asia and Human/Capital Movements in Asia.

The first-ever Borneo Studies Workshop organised by IAS on ‘The State-of-the-Art and Future Directions’ was held from 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2012 in Bandar Seri Begawan. Among the invited speakers were Emeritus Professor Victor T King, who is also an Eminent Visiting Professor to IAS; and Professor Che Wan Ahmad Zawawi of UBD, Professor Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan of Universiti Malaysia Sabah; Dr Robert Menua Saleh of Tun Jugah Foundation, Sarawak; and Professor Dimbab Ngidang of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Source: Borneo Bulletin, 1 Dec 2012


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