Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Hosts Brunei-Malaysia Forum

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), hosted the second Brunei Malaysia Forum (BMF) at the Senate Room, Chancellor Hall. The two-day forum is a cross faculty collaborative forum between the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences of UBD and the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Malaya.

Present as the Guest of Honour was Dr. Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Global Affairs). The forum featured keynote presentation by Associate Professor Dr Noor Azam OKMB Hj. Othman, who is also the Director of Centre for Advanced Research, UBD (CARe).

Held from 16th to 17th November, BMF is themed “Integrating Asia through knowledge exchange”. The forum provides the opportunity for academics and postgraduate students to present their research work. The forum featured papers on a wide and diverse range of topics under different themes such as popular culture and gender; geography and agriculture; media and communication; language, linguistics and literature; heritage and architecture as well as history and sociology.  In addition, over 30 papers are scheduled for the event.

A book launch featuring UBD authors was also held on 16th November 2016 at the PAP Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) open concourse in conjunction with the BMF conference dinner. The new books featured are The Use and Status of Language in Brunei Darussalam: A Kingdom of Unexpected Linguistic Diversity by Noor Azam Hj Othman, James McLellan & David Deterding (Editors); as well as English in Malaysia: Current Use and Status by Toshiko Yamaguchi & David Deterding (Editors).

Since 2011, research activity at UBD has increased exponentially, with the number of papers being published growing every year and having more than tripled over the last 5 years. In 2016, UBD was ranked 123rd in Asia in the QS Asian University rankings. The university has seen significant progress in its research publication and output. Research at FASS particularly focuses on Borneo languages including indigenous languages and evolution of Brunei English. The faculty is also concerned with the study of aspects of Borneo, and does research on linguistic, social, geographical and historical aspects of the island.

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