Monday, September 16, 2013


BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, 12 September 2013 - The Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman arrived here on Tuesday for a three-day visit to strengthen academic ties. 
This morning, the Vice-Chancellor attended the 25th Convocation Ceremony of Universiti Brunei Darussalam and later in the night attended the Gala Dinner in conjunction with the Convocation Ceremony. After his arrival in Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Darussalam, he had a meeting with the Director General of The Brunei Times newspaper and later attended a dinner with the Executive Director of Abdul Razak Holdings Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abdul Karim.

The Vice-Chancellor signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPU SB). KUPU SB was represented by its Ra’es, Dr Hajjah Masnon binti Haji Ibrahim, witnessed by the Brunei Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Mulia Pengiran Dato' Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar.

According to Omar, with the signing of this MoU document, USM through the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), will collaborate with the Ministry of Education and KUPU SB to introduce a post-graduate programme in building teachers’ capacity extensively in various fields of Islamic development while helping to realise the research programme in various research fields such as integrated management development which is carried out at ISDEV.

He added that the two parties will also cooperate in a variety of skill-building exercises, including community services for prospective teachers in religious teaching.

Also present were ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh; USM Legal Advisor, Khairul Anuar Che' Azmi; and the Acting Ambassador of Malaysia to Brunei, Haznah Md Hashim 
The Vice-Chancellor paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Religious Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, YB Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman in the afternoon. Also present were the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs of Brunei Yang Mulia Pengiran Dato' Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar and the Ministry Secretary, YM Awang Haji Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharajalela Haji Mohd Yusof. -  Translation: Siti Faizah Abd Halim

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