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Dual Degree Programme with Korea University


Dual Degree Programme with Korea University

UBD and Korea University Launch Dual Degree Programme in Biodiversity Studies

The Dual Degree Programme signed between Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) through the Faculty of Science (FOS), and Korea University’s College of Life Science and Biotechnology, is set to accept its first intake in August 2015, following its signing of Memorandum of Agreement on 2nd February 2015. Jointly initiated by UBD and Korea University through their strong involvement as members of the International Consortium of Universities for the Studies of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE), the Dual Degree Programme reflects UBD’s continuing emphasis in developing quality graduate programmes. The programme is the first such programme offered under the iCUBE Initiative, currently headed by UBD. Signing the agreement at Korea University were Professor Dato Haji Mohamed Haji Abd Majid, the Dean of FOS, representing UBD, and Professor Chun Ho Park, the Dean of the College of Life Science and Biotechnology (COLB), representing Korea University. The Dual Degree Programme will cater to students in the Environmental and Life Sciences and Chemical Sciences programmes at UBD and the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering at Korea University. It is expected that the programmewill further encourage skills transfer, increased student mobility, and enhanced collaborative research projects between faculty and staff at UBD and Korea University. According to Dr. Rahayu Sukmaria binti Hj. Sukri, Deputy Dean (Academic) of FOS, students under the Dual Degree Programme will spend their first year at their home university before spending the next year at the host university to continue their research. The students will also be jointly supervised by staff from both universities. Korea University is one of the top universities in Korea and is ranked 18th in Asia, according to QS Asia University Rankings. UBD and Korea University have developed strong research links through iCUBE, where the two universities have identified areas for collaboration – one of them being in the field of life sciences. iCUBE is comprised of a select group of research universities who share a common vision and are committed to research and education on biodiversity, climate change and the environment. Through iCUBE, UBD collaborates with top international universities around the world such as Korea University, King’s College London, and National University of Singapore in research to address issues and problems related to biodiversity and the environment

Students recording data on local plant species at Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre
Students recording data on local plant species at Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre

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