Two new species of freshwater mussels discovered in Borneo

A collaborative research project involving members of the Borneo Studies Network (BSN) has discovered a new genus and two new species of freshwater mussels in Borneo.

BSN is a Borneo-based framework of research and studies network, in which Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is the current BSN Secretariat. The network aims to facilitate collaboration among higher education institutions and research centres in Borneo across many disciplines including Borneo biodiversity. A number of scientists from four of the 12 founding members of BSN, i.e. UBD, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universitas Tanjugpura, were involved in this exciting discovery.

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UBD-UNC partnership through iCUBE

UBD students learn as interns at the Galapagos Science Center

picture4 The Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) signed between UBD and several institutions - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) through iCUBE, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) created internship opportunities for top and high-performing UBD students. UBD links with GSC actually began with the participation of two Biology students in a 6-week summer programme in the Galapagos in June 2012. Ms Hazimah Haji Mohd Din and Ms Wardah Haji Tuah were the first UBD Biology students to ever set foot in the Galapagos and Ecuador! The programme was based at GSC and ran by the academics from UNC and USFQ’s Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS). The students and other UNC students took two modules - Biology of Marine animals and Humans and their Microbiological Impact with the main emphasis on the study of the social and ecological vulnerability of these volcanic islands.



Korea University research team visited KBFSC for carbon quantification research

Korea University (KU) research team is conducting a forest carbon quantification study at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) from June, 2013 to June, 2016. This study is funded by the Korea Forest Service. KU team is led by Prof. Yowhan Son (Lab. of Ecosystem Ecology, Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering) and Prof. Woo-Kyun Lee (Lab of GIS/RS, Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering). They are collaborating with UBD research team led by Dr. Kamariah Abu Salim (Biology Program, Faculty of Science). This collaboration is a practical action to promote research partnerships between two universities.


TERRA-i: First Collaborative iCUBE Project between UBD and KCL Launched to Monitor Deforestation

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and King's College London (KCL)  with CIAT and HEIG-VD have recently established successful research collaboration on Terra-i deforestation monitoring system for South East Asia. The collaborative project is to support the iCUBE initiative, formally established by UBD in 2010. iCUBE.