A number of working papers were tabled yesterday on the second and final day of the 6th University-Community Engagement Conference.

The tabling of the working paper entitled "BLOOM - Strengthening the public awareness of bioeconomy in the EU regions", by Mr. Norbert Steinhaus from Germany, touched on the activities of BLOOM on finding regional stakeholders who are interested in being involved in the co-creation of communication and outreach activities related to bioeconomy.

Awang Haji Nor Eduan bin Haji Awang Duraman, Masters student at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah presented a working paper on "Pengaruh Penyeliaan Pensyarah dan Guru Pembimbing Terhadap Kompetensi Guru Pelatih di Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan" or Influence of Lecturer and Guidance Teacher Supervision at the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College. He said the clinical supervision model is selected as the main model in the study as it has similarities to the supervision carried out and practised by lecturers, guidance teachers, panitia or school inspectorates at education institutions in the country.

"Reaching out to the Bottom 40 Groups: Understanding Issues, Challenges and Needs of the Community at Bagan Dalam, Penang Malaysia", was the topic discussed by Dayang Saidatulakmal Mohd from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She said Bagan Dalam comprise of low-income communities mainly Malay, Indian and Rohingnya. Studies were carried out on the community to explore existing problems and issues faced as well as identify the community's needs.

Awang Hazrul Iswadi from Universiti Surabaya, Indonesia tavbled a working paper entitled "Natural and Cultural Tourism Village Initiation in Kedungudi Village, Indonesia". He explained about the natural and cultural potential that can be built up as a Tourism Village. The initiative engagement from the University for the Tourism Village Development was carried out using participatory and facilitative methods, on account of the type of tourism developed namely Community Based Tourism.

Meanwhile Dayang Anisa Ahmad from Universiti Sains Malaysia in her working paper touched on the community based programme that has produced interns with stronger commitment towards community health. Over 200 participants attended the conference including from the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Radio Television Brunei