On 29th March 2022, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) opened its ASEAN Corner which is located on the first floor of the Business Library Building, officially taking on its role as the host university for the ASEAN Corner establishment in Brunei Darussalam in the pilot project “ASEAN Corner in Universities (Phase I)”
The launch of the ASEAN Corner was officiated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Assistance Vice-Chancellor (Corporate and Administration) Hajah Rubiah Haji Yacub and assisted by Dk Noraini Pg Haji Idris, Acting Chief Librarian and Head of Administration at UBD Library). This was followed by the recitation of the Doa Selamat, a group photograph session and a tour around the ASEAN Corner.
The ASEAN Corner in Universities (Phase 1) is a project proposed by the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), sponsored by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), whereby information centres or learning hubs for in-depth knowledge on ASEAN are established in the libraries of higher education institutions of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) through the AUN Inter-Library Online (AUNILO), which UBD is a part of.
The objectives of this project are to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information about ASEAN developments and the ASEAN Member States; increase the availability of reliable multimedia resources on ASEAN for researchers, students, academics, and the public; and foster people-to-people connections and enhance understanding and respect among ASEAN people, especially the youths.
The ASEAN Secretariat proposed a fund of USD58,850 under JAIF 2.0 to implement this project. Each selected university was provided with USD5,000 seed funding for setting up the ASEAN Corner which includes the procurement of physical assets such as furniture i.e., chairs and desks, computers, exhibition panels, and other promotional collaterals.
The ASEAN Secretariat will engage multiple sectoral bodies to provide publications and knowledge products for the corner. The Secretariat will further coordinate with the sectoral bodies within each ASEAN Member State to solicit additional multimedia resources for the ASEAN Corners, at least twice a year or as new resources become available. Research institutions and think tanks such as The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) will also provide publications for the ASEAN Corners on a regular basis, even after the pilot project has been completed.
As of today, the UBD Library has over 500 existing resources from the general collection and newly procured ASEAN-related materials. The second batch of orders is still in process, and the library hopes to acquire more resources in the near future.
As part of the UBD Library’s initiative to continuously support this project, the library will conduct a user-satisfaction survey to identify user perceptions regarding their experience, monitor issues, and gradually improve the ASEAN Corner to meet user’s expectations.
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