Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) signed a sponsorship agreement with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) at Simpur Café in UBD on 02 March 2019. Signing on behalf of BSP was its Managing Director, Dr Ceri Powell, and on behalf of UBD was its Vice Chancellor, Datin Dr. Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz.
The Sponsorship Agreement formalises the start of a one year research project on various aspects of the wellbeing of Bruneians carried out by the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe) at UBD sponsored by BSP. The findings for the research is expected to contribute to Brunei's Wawasan 2035, in particular the aim to turn Brunei Darussalam into a nation widely recognized for quality of life that is among the top 10 nations in the world.
Present at the signing ceremony as witness signatories were Director of CARe, Associate Professor Hoon Chang Yau and Mr Haziq Lim, Social Investment Lead at BSP.
UBD currently ranks 323 in the world in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, 34 amongst young universities in the world (QS Top 50 under 50 Rankings 2019) and 100 in Asia (QS Asia University Rankings 2019). These rankings reflect the overall rise in quality in UBD's teaching and research, and in UBD's reputation and internationalisation over the past few years. CARe is a premier research institute within UBD that conducts impactful empirical research on social issues in Brunei. The Centre focuses its research on three research clusters: Youth and the Economy, Welfare and Poverty, and Health and Ageing.
BSP is one of the largest energy companies in Brunei, which plays a major role in the nation's economy. Established in 1929, BSP has been supporting the local society in sustainable development. Part of its sustainability principles include respecting and safeguarding people and benefiting communities. Its key social investment programmes involving youth and development include Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme (BEES), Base Science Camp and Explomath. It is hoped that the research collaboration with CARe will generate findings that can help BSP to gain insights into the needs of the local community so that it can continue its commitment to support such needs through its social investment initiatives.
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