A Message from the Director

Welcome to SOASCIS Website, its new cyber home! SOASCIS is most pleased to introduce itself to the whole world as one of the youngest members of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) academic community. It takes pride in being born with a praiseworthy mission to thrive as one of the world’s leading graduate centres for the study of Islam and contemporary issues.
Its historic establishment was announced by His Highness the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaullah in his royal speech (titah) on 30th September, 2010 at the UBD’s 22nd Convocation.
SOASCIS is now a steadily growing graduate centre with an international image and outlook that has the appeal of attracting students from many parts of the world to pursue Master’s and Doctoral studies on various aspects of Islam and contemporary issues. The Centre is also attracting academics from various Muslim and non-Muslim countries to join either its academic staff or its pool of researchers employed under the various schemes of Visiting Fellowships it is offering.
Further information about SOASCIS, its staff and Visiting Researchers, its graduate students, its programmes and publications, and its graduate scholarships and post-doctoral Fellowships may be found in various sections of this website.
SOASCIS welcomes regular visitors to its website to update their information on its institutional development and major upcoming events, especially international seminars and conferences which it organises either by itself or in partnership with other leading academic institutions in the world.

Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar
Director & Distinguished Professor