7 October 2020 – A closing session for a one-year fellowship under the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship, a joint project by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Mission to ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Foundation was held at the Main Conference Room, UTB.

Present at the session were CEO of Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli; and representatives from Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA); LiveWire; IBTE Agro and ASEAN Foundation.

The session commenced with a speech by Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili, Assistant Professor of the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) as well as a fellow for ASEAN Science & Technology Fellowship 2019/2020.

In her speech, she was designated to host her institution, Department of Agriculture and Agrifood with a task to provide a policy brief formulated from an evidence based policy making in ASEAN in the adoption of technology in the paddy plantation in Brunei Darussalam. “This contribution embodies UTB’s vision as global university impacting society”. She also highlighted that the closing of this fellowship is not an end to the research endeavour, however it is a starting point to actually work on the identified areas and work together with respective stakeholders in the research area of paddy plantation.

The session was divided into two parts namely the fellowship findings, where Dr Wida shared her research findings and assisted DAA in the formulation of a policy brief on the Adoption of Technology in paddy plantation specifically on irrigation towards improving the yield, and roundtable discussion on the way forward to collaborate, to apply research and development in answering to His Majesty’s call to improve the rice self-sufficiency in the Sultanate.

Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili was named as one of the 17 ASEAN Scientists and the only representative from Brunei appointed as a fellow for the prestigious ASEAN Science & Technology Fellowship 2019/2020 last year. These fellows were selected for their track record of achievements and potential to advance evidence-based policy-making in ASEAN.



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