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7th International Seminar on Regional Education at Universitas Riau, Kota Pekan Baru Indonesia

The 7th International Seminar on Regional Education was held at Pekanbaru City, Riau, Indonesia from 5th till 7th November 2015 with the theme: Educational Community and Cultural Diversity. This event was a collaboration between the Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, University of Riau and Faculty of Education, The National University of Malaysia (UKM).

Associate Professor Dr. Haji Awang Asbol Bin Haji Mail was invited as the keynote speaker at this event. His keynote speech was on “Dasar-dasar Pendidikan Negara Brunei Darussalam: Perubahan dan Masalah” (The Basics of Education in Negara Brunei Darussalam: Changes and Challenges).

Two other participants from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), presented at this seminar too. They are Associate Professor Dr. Kamsiah Binte Abdullah and PhD Malay Language and Linguistics candidate, Fawziyah Binte Ali. Associate Professor Dr. Kamsiah Binte Abdullah presented on “Melayu Islam patut jadi Tribahasawan: Matlamat Dasar-dasar Bahasa akan Datang” (Malay/Muslims should be Trilingual: The Objective of the Basics of Language in the Future). Fawziyah presented in English on “Hook onto the Figure (A Strategy to the Teaching of Narrative Essay Writing)”.

Participants at the Seminar

There were 139 papers presented on existing educational practices. The seminar was a comprehensive professional development resource that could be employed by teachers, some of whom were continuing their studies at these higher institutions of learning. The seminar was indeed a success as it was tailored to students and lecturers who are passionate about teaching. We look forward to the next seminar in 2017 which the organising committee has suggested will be held in Negara Brunei Darussalam.