The second Borneo Research Education Conference 2014 is an important learning event for research students and supervisors in business, management, education, public administration, communication studies, and related fields.
BREC 2014 is being co-convened by five universities in Sarawak and Sabah, namely:
- Curtin University Sarawak
- Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
- Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
- Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak
The conference will be held on 26 and 27 August, 2014 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Islamic Information Centre in Kuching, Sarawak. This is part of a series of events being organised by the participating institutions to enhance research education in the Borneo region. A report on BREC 2013 is available online:
Developing as a Researcher Through the Culture of Sharing.
Most of the BREC 2014 participants will be research students at various stages of their work. Many of them will need scholarly guidance and collegial support to make progress towards completion of their research degree. This conference will be geared towards providing such guidance and support to the participants. Accordingly, the total number of participants in BREC 2014 will be capped at a maximum of 80, in order to ensure adequate and high-quality interaction.
The theme of BREC 2014 is “Developing as a researcher by doing meaningful research.” It has two key aspects:
- Developing as a Researcher
- Doing Meaningful Research
Researcher development is a key focus of research education. This requires not only learning about research methods, but also becoming active participants within a research community. Developing as a researcher requires a support network that builds competencies, triggers research ideas, facilitates collaboration, and creates a research culture. The conference will be your means of building such a network.
Developing as a researcher requires clarity about the direction in which one may develop. Therefore, within research education, there needs to be some engagement with the broader values and meanings of research, especially within the context of our life and work. The conference participants will deliberate on ways of doing research that is personally satisfying, scientifically credible and socially relevant.