Conference Highlights Digital Innovation In Defence

The Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces (DA RBAF) and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (UK) hosted the Closing Ceremony for the 2nd South East Asia Conference of Commandants at the DA RBAF Auditorium. 

Present as the Guest of Honour was Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohammad Sharif bin Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim, Acting Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), who delivered a closing remark highlighting the influence of digital innovation on defence and military affairs, in line with the conference’s theme: “Professional Military Education in the 21st Century”.

The ceremony proceeded with the presentation of certificates and mementos to the participating Heads of Defence Universities and Military Academies. The event concluded with a video presentation and a photo session.

The two-day conference was co-chaired by Colonel Pengiran Sharifuddin bin Pengiran Haji Yusof, Commandant of DA RBAF; and Major General Andrew Roe, Commandant of the Defence Academy of UK.

Heads of Defence Universities and Military Academies, as well as representatives from Australia, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam participated in the conference.

The conference was held to discuss and exchange views on contemporary military education and to strengthen efforts through mutual collaboration. It also promoted continued dialogue to enhance intellectual interoperability in professional military education, while fostering professional development and networking. 

In addition to presentations by the delegations, the conference also saw presentations by guest speakers: namely ‘Digitalisation’ by Mike Wadley, Head J7, under Research and Education, Defence Academy of UK; ‘Talent Management’ by Dr. Mahani binti Haji Hamdan, Director of Institute of Policy Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam; and ‘Critical challenge: Developing Curriculum’ by Assistant Professor Michael Hatherell, Deputy Principal and Head of Teaching and Learning at the Australian War College.

On March 2, a welcoming reception was hosted by the Commandant of DA RBAF at The Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong, marking the first occasion of the conference. 

Meanwhile, the Opening Ceremony took place on March 3 at the DA RBAF Auditorium, which saw the presence of the Commander of the Royal Brunei Land Force as the Guest of Honour.

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