by Boylie A. Sarcina

Dr. Fadzilah Majid Cooke, researcher and Associate Professor of the School of Social Sciences at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), lectured on “Slow Violence: Accumulative Environmental Injury in Southeast Asia and Community Responses” last May 22.

 Professor - Lecture on Slow Violence

The lecture focused on the long-term effects of logging and mining in the Penan indigenous group of Sarawak which also produced similar problems for the tri-people of Mindanao.

Hosted by the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), the lecture strengthened the host’s international linkages with the other universities like the UMS, already a partner school of MSU-IIT. In networking, the CASS plans to create a research environment to disseminate knowledge to the student-faculty population, in particular and the academe, in general.

The event opened opportunities to CASS faculty members to submit papers to the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines – East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Conference (BEC) 2012 set July 9 to 11 at the Pacific Sutera Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The conference’s theme this year is “Enhancing Sustainability, Competitiveness and Innovation.”

The BIMP – EAGA conference serves as a consultative platform for participants to exchange ideas and provide inputs to local and regional institutional bodies within the EAGA. Gathering distinguished researchers from this Asian sub-region, the conference promises opportunities to participants to present new research, exchange information, and discuss current issues and challenges in the region.

With five priority areas, the BIMP-EAGA will welcome research papers that focus on both applied and empirical regional development. The priority areas of the BIMP-EAGA are: Transport, Infrastructure and ICT, Natural Resources, Joint Tourism Development, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Immigration, and Customs and Quarantine Services (ICQs).

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