Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi, Minister of Health, and Council Member of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) officially launched the Oman Publication Corner at UBD Library on 9th May 2017.
The event took place on the third floor of the UBD Business Library, showcasing over 700 books and multimedia covering various aspects of Oman's history, economy, culture, Islamic jurisprudence, arts, and literature which were were donated by the Oman Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.
Present to oversee the launching was His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Hashil Al Maskari, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam, invited ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council, UBD's Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz, and principal officers of the university.
The launch symbolises the friendly and close relationship and cooperation in education, culture, and arts between Brunei and the Sultanate of Oman. UBD has active student exchanges with top Oman Higher Education institutions including Sultan Qaboos University and University of Nizwa.
His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Hashil Al Maskari described the launch of the Oman Publications Corner as "another building block on strengthening the already strong cross-cultural bridges" which would enhance engagement in people-to-people dialogues based on mutual understanding of cultural interests. The ambassador pointed out the book launch is in support of the government of His Majesty the Sultan and yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's initiative in building a nation of readers and a knowledge-based economy.
"It can subsequently help Bruneians who are keen to learn about Arabian society, history and culture," he added. "We have every reason to be optimistic that the launching of this publication corner will serve as a stepping stone for greater academic and technical collaboration programmes that will involve students' exchange and Curricular Practical Training between the esteemed UBD and its counterparts in Oman."
UBD library has built its collection based on the teaching, learning and research needs of the university and have the largest collection in the country with over 600,000 items in print and electronic formats.
UBD Library has recently joined a Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme (RBS) which is a new cooperative borrowing arrangement among 12 academic libraries in Brunei Darussalam. Under the arrangement, academic staff, non-academic staff, students and UBD library members from the participating institutions who are in good standing at their home libraries qualify for onsite borrowing privileges at their respective libraries.
The UBD Library welcomes book donations from individuals as well as government and the private sector to support learning and teaching for UBD students and the community.
UBD library is opened to the public from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 10pm and Friday from 8am to 5pm with a break for Friday prayer from 12pm to 2pm. UBD Library is closed on public holidays. For more information, visit http://library.ubd.edu.bn or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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