BSN Governing Board

All matters regarding the BSN Governing Board will be determined at the BSN Government Council Meeting of 2014.

BSN Charter

Text of Charter agreed by all present at the inaugural meeting of the BSN Governing Council, 21st October 2014, held at the Senate Room, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.


Desirous of formalizing dialogue and a cooperative network in all fields relating to Borneo Studies, the participating institutions declare their respective intentions to establish the Borneo Studies Network (BSN), an international partnership of research institutions involved in Borneo Studies research. The institutions share a common vision, the establishment of a BSN of leading research bodies that will make a distinctive contribution through education and research on Borneo Studies, for higher-quality and quantity of groundbreaking research outputs.

Objectives of Charter

Based on principles of equity and reciprocity, this charter will serve as a general framework for the establishment of academic links and cooperation among the participating institutions, and is intended to facilitate detailed discussions for more specific programs of collaboration among the participants.


With a view to enhancing educational and research collaborations, the Charter provides the framework to promote teaching and research, tapping on the expertise and strategic advantages of partner institutions to address issues and problems of global significance, including (but not limited to) climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and the environment, energy, strategic, geopolitical, economic, historical, anthropological, sociological, educational and linguistic research in the Borneo context. The BSN will make significant contributions to academe and society through enhanced research networks, joint educational initiatives, the sharing of best practices, and maintaining the highest standards in research.


The scope, terms, conditions, and other details of specific programs to be implemented will be discussed and negotiated separately by representatives of participating institutions. Each member of the BSN can initiate and propose programs and activities. Members can decide the extent of their participation in each of the programs and activities. Programs and activities can be bilateral or multi-lateral collaborations. Specific programs could include but not limited to; joint research programs, joint conferences and workshops, joint degree programs, distance learning programs, student exchange programs, credit transfer schemes, training programs for researchers, and the development of joint courses. Such specific programs or cooperative activities will draw on the complementary capabilities of the partner institutions, and in the process, strengthening the teaching and research capacities of each partner institution.

Proposals for any form of programs or activities which falls under the scope and fields of cooperation provided in BSN will be submitted through the designated representatives of each participating institution.

The Secretariat will inform all BSN members of any activities and programs planned or proposed. Members can decide if they wish to participate in any of these activities or programs.

The participating institutions may, by mutual agreement at any time, and subject to written ratification by the Governing Council, modify the programs or activities or arrangements undertaken under a specific collaborative arrangement.


With the establishment of the BSN in 2013, the founding members express their intent, based on mutual trust and respect among participating institutions, to enhance collaborations in teaching and research relating to all fields under Borneo Studies. The Governing Council will have oversight over the admissions of new members into the BSN.

Membership is open to select institutions which exhibit high quality research and education in the field of Borneo Studies. Admissions of membership to the BSN shall be approved by the BSN Governing Council.

Each participating institution shall not assign or subcontract in any form whatsoever, in whole or in part, any obligations under each programs or activities of the BSN without the Governing Council’s prior expressed permission in writing.

Publicity and sharing of data

Each participating university will endeavor to help publicize and give prominence to programs and activities organized by the BSN in their home countries.

Participating institutions will also endeavor to share information and data relating to Borneo Studies, giving due consideration to intellectual property rights, with other participating institutions.


Each member will endeavor to source for funds for new programs, activities and initiatives proposed. It is envisaged that for most projects, funding will be on a collaborative basis.

All participating institutions will understand that financial arrangements for any programs or activities will have to be negotiated and mutually agreed in writing.

Use of logo and emblem

Members of the BSN are free to use the name, logo and/or official emblem.


Membership subscription shall be determined by the Governing Council from time to time.

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

The protection of intellectual property rights will be enforced in conformity with the respective national laws, rules and regulations of the participating institution and with their obligations under applicable international agreements to which they are party.

The intellectual property rights in respect of any works, technological developments, and any products and services development, carried out jointly by the participating institutions or research results obtained through the joint activities or efforts of the Participants, will be jointly owned by the participating institutions in accordance with the terms to be jointly decided upon.


Each participating institution will observe the confidentiality of documents, information and other data received from or supplied to the other participating institutions.

Settlement of disputes

Any differences or disputes arising out of the interpretation, implementation or application of the provisions of this Charter, or of the programs, activities and initiatives decided at the Scientific Committee will be settled amicably through consultation or negotiations between and among the Participants. The final decision on such disputes and differences will be settled by the Governing Council.

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