9th Regional APUCEN Council Meeting
Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan, Brunei I 08 December 2016
The 9th Regional APUCEN Council Meeting was held on 8th December 2016 in Bilik Taqwa, Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPUSB), Brunei Darussalam. The meeting was attended by a total of 15 delegates from 10 institutions of higher learning. The meeting was chaired by the new president of APUCEN, Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail.
The key issues discussed in the meeting were creating a balance between knowledge and character among the youth through service learning and incorporating volunteerism and service learning as part of the university curriculum. The involvement of students and young lecturers in the university-community needs to be focused because they will be future champions in community engagement. The President had emphasized on working closely with APUCEN partners/members in multi-disciplinary fields to mould the communities as well as to co-learn among the members. The meeting were attended by representatives from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Chiang Mai University, Thammasat University, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Universiti Utara Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
The members were taken for a site visit to the community engagement project at the water villages of Brunei, highlighting the effort of providing facilities support such as treated water and electricity supply to the villages.