UBD to Offer Islamic Governance Summer Programme in 2017
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UBD will be offering a summer practicum in Islamic Governance in 2017. The practicum is part of UBD’s flagship Global Discovery Programme (GDP), which invites international students to experience the local culture and understand the history of Brunei Darussalam and its neighbours.

The Islamic Governance Summer programme is a specialised track of the GDP, which provides a broad understanding of the history of Islam as a major religion, community (ummah) and civilisation and its impact on the modern world. The programme is jointly coordinated by Professor Amin Abdul Aziz from the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Dr Azmi Mohamad from the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS). 

Throughout the four-week course, participants will explore the role of the Holy Quran and Sunnah in providing guidelines for a holistic and balanced societal development and develop awareness of the contributions Islam has made to civilisation and the modern world for the betterment of the human race. Participants of the programme will gain valuable insights on “good governance” from an Islamic perspective, and learn to develop new and innovative ideas on how to improve/develop systems of governance.

Through an exposition of Islam’s tauhidic epistemology as well as Islam’s theoretical and practical teachings, spiritual and moral-ethical value system, the programme aims to raise understanding of the Islamic teachings and beliefs, and how they are incorporated into systems of governances within the stated framework. It also aims to strengthen the student’s sense of a Muslim’s responsibility and identity formation processes, and show how to live an integrated, balanced, and progressive life in the modern world.

The Islamic Governance summer programme is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from UBD and overseas universities. Over the duration of the programme, students will spend their time at The Core Residential College and assigned a local student buddy, who will provide support throughout their stay in Brunei Darussalam and ensure participants get a strong sense of belonging to the local community.

UBD’s Global Discovery Programme (GDP) is a short-term programme that brings together participants from all around the globe to experience culture, traditions and natural heritage in Borneo. This distinctive programme offers participants the unique experience to learn and immerse themselves in the diverse language, culture and history of Brunei Darussalam.

Aside from the Islamic Governance Practicum, GDP offers three other courses; Discover Brunei Course, UBD-English Summer Course, and Discover Malay Culture, which carry up to four modular credits. UBD also organises the Islamic Governance Symposium annually, which brings together Islamic scholars and students to discuss stimulating topics around contemporary Islam and an Islamic system of Governance.

UBD is known for its specialisation in Islamic-related studies. UBD, through IPS, is currently the only university in the world that offers a Masters and PhD programme in Islamic Governance, and it has a concentration on Islamic Governance in its Masters of Public Policy and Management (MPPM). SOASCIS, too, is known for its programmes in Islamic Studies taught by world-class professors in Islamic Civilisation and contemporary issues. Additionally, the university specialises in Islamic Banking through the School of Business and Economics (UBD SBE) as well as research in halal foods by its various research institutes.

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