The national values of Malay Islam Monarchy (MIB) continue to guide UBD's mission to empower its graduates to become future-ready leaders through innovative education and enterprising research.
A concerted effort by five Academy of Brunei Studies' (APB) final year students with the support and cooperation of the Academy of Brunei Studies itself, UBD Library and the Secretariat Office of the MIB Supreme Council brought together around 900 publications in the form of books, magazines, newspaper clippings and multimedia such as videos pertaining to MIB, the national philosophy of Brunei Darussalam.
The MIB Corner in the Brunei Studies Collection of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam Main Library included new books published in 2018 which are "Melayu Islam Beraja Dalam Sistem Pendidikan Negara Abad 21" written by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong, issued by the Secretariat Office of the MIB Supreme Council and "Calak Bangsa: Brunei Kekal sebagai Negara Melayu Islam Beraja Kerana Brunei Tetap Mengekalkan Pegangannya Yang Kuat Kepada Ajaran Islam" written by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman, issued by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Negara Brunei Darussalam.
The establishment of the MIB Corner was supervised by Pg Dr Khairul Rijal Pg Haji Abdul Rahim, lecturer at Academy of Brunei Studies with the aim of providing a user-friendly facility for students, researchers and the general public who wish to further understand and explore the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept. By establishing the corner, it would certainly give visitors the opportunity to find information related to MIB easily and quickly.
"MIB is an essential part of Brunei Darussalam and needs to be instilled in all Bruneians as their identity and pride of the nation," Project Manager Mohd Fadzli Hussin said. "The establishment of the MIB Corner is one of the ways that we can help the nation truly embody and practice the values of MIB."
The MIB Corner is also in line with one of the strategic action plans of the Secretariat Office of the MIB Supreme Council which aims to further disseminate information on MIB to the general public. Therefore, it is hoped that the MIB Corner in UBD as a pioneer will garner further support and encourage the establishment of similar MIB Corners in other educational institutions throughout the country in the near future.
From primary schools to institutions of higher learning, MIB is a subject embedded in the curriculum and co-curriculum on every level of education in Brunei Darussalam. The module PB-1501: Melayu Islam Beraja is compulsory to be taken by UBD undergraduates. The valuable collection in the newly launched MIB Corner will surely be of great benefit to them as well as others who are interested to know more about the national philosophy.
Through the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hopes to encourage more researchers to be interested in Islamic Governance, a niche area in the university.
IPS opened the HART Islamic Governance Library in an effort to become an Islamic Governance resource centre that will contribute to existing students' research. It houses around 3,000 books and journals which cover Quran, Sunnah & Seerah, Hadīth, Family, Women, Health, Environment, Art & Architecture, Philosophy, Biography, Tauhīd, Jurisprudence, History, Tasawwuf, International Relations, Politics, Management & Administration, Finance & Economics, and Contemporary Thought. The publications available are in English, Malay and Arabic.
In addition to physical copies, plans for the library include online subscriptions to further add to its academic value.
IPS offers the Master in Islamic Governance and PhD in Islamic Governance, graduate interdisciplinary programmes which focus on Islamic forms, systems and doctrines of governance, as well as issues pertaining to its research and methods, with the objective of developing profound understanding of governance from an Islamic perspective, its administration and management. The programme also takes the form of applied research, and does not exclude the application of knowledge in areas outside of Islamic Governance. The programme thus encourages cross-disciplinary research and joint supervision of students.
The objective of the programme is to produce graduates of the highest calibre gained through a thorough understanding of the principles, concepts, and research methods of Islamic Governance.
The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) is a graduate institute that offers taught and research degree programmes centred on public policy, public management, and Islamic governance. The IPS facilitates the learning and analysis of applied policy research, and delivers training in multi-disciplinary policy areas, such as the Environment and Energy.
IPS pursues five strategic aims, which includes advancing research on mainstream and specialized public policy areas, teaching graduate degree programmes, training in policy areas and processes, conducting conferences, seminars and publications, and pursuing networks and institutional collaborations.
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