International Outreach

Distinguished visitors from different countries (including Heads of Mission and other diplomatic representatives) and delegations from international institutions are regularly received at the Centre. They are briefed on the Centre’s activities and potential future collaboration is discussed. Visitors from the following countries, among others, have participated in Centre activities: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Nigeria, Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Republic of Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Centre Programmes and Conferences

Visiting Fellowship and Scholarship programmes continue to play a key role in the international outreach of the Centre. Since their inception scholars from over 50 countries have visited the Centre. Joint conferences with international partners have provided another means of strengthening international links. The Centre continues its partnership with the Securities Commission of Malaysia in organizing the Roundtable on Islamic Finance.

International collaboration and partnerships

Collaboration continues with international organisations such as UNESCO and the Islamic Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ISESCO), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi. Discussions to develop academic partnerships continue with universities and institutes (for example Uzbekistan’s Islamic Civilisation Centre and the King Salman Centre for Historical and Civilisation Research Studies of the Arabian Peninsula among others). 

International Prizes

The Sultan of Brunei International Prize was created by HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in 1992, and the Centre was greatly honoured to be entrusted with its administration. The award recognises excellence and achievement in different areas of academic activity. In 2018 it focused on outstanding contributions to the development of the theory and practice of Islamic finance.

Collaboration continues with the Islamic Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ISESCO) on the OCIS–ISESCO Prize which is awarded for educators who promote peace and tolerance. In 2017 the prize was awarded to UNESCO in Paris. (Click for details)