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January 2018

Opening of the 6th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium

20 November 2017 - Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Saadatul Bolkiah binti His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah officially opened the 6th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium. This year, Brunei Darussalam hosted the symposium with the theme "Upholding Traditions for Sustainable Future: Golden Ties That Bind." The function was held at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong. Also present was Her Majesty Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Hajjah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah binti Al-Marhum Almutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj as the head of the Malaysian delegation.

Workshop aims to better understand MIB values

October 2017- nearly 40 tour guides and tourism industry professionals attended a Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) workshop for tourism on Monday. The two-day workshop was officially opened by Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Senior Special Duties Officer at the Secretariat Office of the MIB Supreme Council.

Discover and Preserve Culture Through Experiential Learning

May 2017 - A group of students taking module PB-3304 Brunei Material Culture offered at the Academy of Brunei Studies, were involved in a project to upgrade Heritage Gallery in Temburong District. The project was a collaboration between Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Museums Department and Temburong District Office and supported by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD).

Research and Publication

Golden Woven Fabrics of Brunei Darussalam
by Dr. Siti Norkhalbi Binti Haji Wahsalfelah

Kain Tenunan Brunei is an old but living and evolving textile tradition that is conspicuously consumed by the people of Brunei. It is worn as clothing, displayed as art, and used in a plethora of other paraphemalia in social and state functions. As a part of modern Brunei identity, the significance of kain tenunan Brunei goes beyond its use as clothing and ornamentation. While Kain Tenunan Brunei continues to be produced today, its sustainability is heavily dependent on local consumption. Kain tenunan Brunei is divided into numerous different types, patterns, designs and motifs, which are compiled and illustrated in this book. The book further discusses the sources that inspire designs and motifs of kain tenunan Brunei.

Available for BND 49.90 at the Treasure Cove
Location: UBD Business Library, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410 Brunei Darussalam
Contact: 246 0922 ext 1461 / 2664 (Academy of Brunei Studies)

Visiting Professor

Professor Dr. OOI Keat Gin

In August 2017, Professor Ooi Keat Gin spent a week at the Academy of Brunei Studies as a Visiting Professor. This was Professor Ooi’s third visit to the Academy in recent years, the longest of which was a six-month stay in 2014, which led to a major book publication on Brunei that Professor Ooi edited with individual chapters written by Academy staff: Brunei - History, Islam, Society and Contemporary Issues, 2016. Ooi Keat Gin (ed.), Routledge.

Research Seminar

Dr. Dominik Müller

1 February 2017 -
Dr. Dominik Müller gave a seminar talk entitled 'Doing Modern Brunei Studies as a Foreigner: The Challenge and Opportunity of Finding a Balance between Inside and Outside Perspectives'

Dr. Alexander Wain

4 November 2017 -
Dr. Alexander Wain gave a seminar talk entitled 'China and the Construction of a Unique Islamic Identity in Fourteenth to Sixteenth-Century Brunei.'


Pg Dr. Khairul Rijal bin Pg Hj Abdul Rahim

14 November 2017 -
Pg Dr. Khairul Rijal gave a seminar talk entitled 'Sumbangan Perusahaan Perikanan Untuk Keselamatan Makanan Di Negara Brunei Darussalam'

About Academy of Brunei Studies (APB)

APB was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary centre for study and research covering all aspects of life in Brunei Darussalam.

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