Noor Azam Haji-Othman
Dr. Noor Azam Haji-Othman is Dean of Arts & Social Sciences and is Associate Professor in English language and linguistics at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He obtained his Bachelors degree in English Language Studies, and subsequently Masters in Applied Linguistics and PhD from the University of Central Lancashire, Cardiff University in Wales and the University of Leicester, UK respectively.
His main research interests include the indigenous languages of Brunei, bilingualism and bilingual education, and more trans-national education, involving English as Medium of Instruction. He is particularly interested in issues of language and identity in relation to those topics mentioned above. Noor Azam was the founding Director and Visiting Professor at UBD-FPT Global Centre in Da Nang, Central Vietnam, an international campus project of UBD. He had previously been the Director of UBD’s Language Centre, overseeing the teaching of indigenous Borneo languages and other international languages. He currently serves as the Dean of Arts & Social Sciences, UBD.
In his capacity of dean and director of various faculties and centres in UBD, Dr. Noor Azam has been directly and indirectly involved in student and staff mobility. He has been involved in ASEAN University Network (AUN) Student mobility programmes, Erasmus Mundus (MULTI-2) student and staff mobility programmes, and the planning and set-up of student mobility in the Discovery Year programme in UBD. He is a strong believer of experiential learning, particularly with regards to students experiencing new learning environments and learning styles, and learning through real-life hands-on experience. In the context of the student mobility research, he is interested in motivations and changes in perception amongst students on intercultural and international student mobility programmes.