Brunei Darussalam

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM COUNTRY PROFILE

BASIC INFORMATION

Country Name:

Brunei Darussalam

Form of State:

Kingdom/Sultanate

Capital:

Bandar Seri Begawan

Total Area:

5,765 km2 (2,226 sq. mi) on the island of Borneo. It has 161 kilometres (100 mi) of coastline next to the South China sea and Brunei River estuary.

Population:

The population of Brunei in 2013 was 406.200, consisted of 210,300 males and 195.900 females. In that population, Brunei citizens were about 291.800, and the rest were foreigner with population of 28.100 for Permanent Residents and 86.300 for Temporary Residents.

Age Structure:

0 - 4                 : 32.000 person

5 - 19               : 102.600 person

20 - 54             : 229.600 person

55 - 64             : 26.500 person

65 ke atas        : 15.500 person

​Anthem:

“Allah Peliharakan Sultan"

Religion:

Brunei Citizenship mostly adhere to Islam with 67%, others are Christianity 10%, Buddhism 13%, freethinkers and other faith practised 10% generally adhered by Non-Malay.

Currency:

Officially Brunei Ringgit, also known as Brunei Dollar (BND$). Exchange Rate: US$1.00 = B$1.35,135 (On 28th of January 2015).

Brunei Dollar value = Singapore Dollar value (Parity Agreement 1 B$ = S$ 1).

Exchange Rate B$ 1 = Rp. 9.246, - (at 2015).

National Day:

Brunei Darussalam has 2 National Days; The Official National Day on 23rd of February and His Majesty Sultan's Birthday that celebrated on 15th of July.

Ethnic groups:

Consist of 267.200 Malays, 41.600 Chinese and 97.400 others with ethnic of Kedayan, Tutong, Belait, Bisaya, Dusun dan Murut etc.

Government System:

Unitary Islamic Absolute Monarchy under Islamic Teaching of the Sunni Branch (Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah).

Head of State:

His Majesty Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

His Majesty Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Indonesia:

Yang Mulia Brig. Gen. Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Yussof Bin Haji Abd Rahman.

Ambassador of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam:

Dr. Sujatmiko, M.A.


​Gross Domestic Product (GDP):

Gross Domestic Product of Brunei Darussalam grew around 3.6% in the first quarter of 2016. The last GDP is estimated at BND3.945,7 million in 2016, decreased by BND 328.5 million compared to 2015. (Source: Jabatan Perancangan dan Kemajuan Eonomi {JPKE}, 2016).

Income per capita:

Income per capita in 2015 was B$44,700, while it was B$52,500 in 2014

Main Export Commodities:

In August, the Government of Brunei Darussalam exported crude oil of $BND159.40 million and liquefied natural gas worth of $BND227 million. Oil and gas is Brunei Darussalam's largest export commodity reaching until 95 percent of the total exports. Other major exports are mineral fuel ($BND386.40 million), machinery and transportation equipment ($BND40.90 million) and chemicals (BND21.70 million). Brunei Darussalam's main export destinations are Japan (43.8 percent), followed by Thailand (15.9%), India (15.8%) and Taiwan (5.9%).

Main Import Commodities:

In August, the Import of Brunei Darussalam reached $BND318 million or 22.26% more than the previous month which was $BND260.1 million. Brunei Darussalam's main imports are machinery and transportation equipment worth BND129.1 million, manufactured goods (BND46.6 million) and food (BND45.7 million). Imports of intermediate goods accounted for 58.1% of total imports, followed by capital goods and consumption goods respectively 33.1% and 8.8%. More than 20 percent of imported products come from Malaysia, followed by the United States (17.8 percent), Singapore (17.5 percent) and China (10.6 percent). Brunei Darussalam's trade balance in August was BND142.3 million.

Flag and Symbol of Brunei Darussalam

 

Country's Flag:

The flag of Brunei has a red middle crest of Brunei on a yellow field cut by black and white diagonal stripes (parallelograms at an angle). The yellow field represents the sultan of Brunei. The red crest consists of a crescent facing upwards, joined with a parasol, with hands on the sides. Black and white stripes run across the flag.

 

Country's Symbol:

The royal umbrella with a flag fluttering above and the middle of an umbrella, called a "ubor-ubor" umbrella, wings, two hands up with a red crescent moon in the middle, with Arabicized inscription meaning "Always Giving Service with God's Guidance" (Always Render Service by God's Guidance).

 

Philosophy of Brunei Darussalam

 

Country's Philosophy:

The concept of Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) established by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah since 1984 as a guideline for the life of the Brunei Darussalam nation, which emphasizes the recognition that Brunei's cultural and linguistic roots are Malay refers to the teachings of Islamic Sharia in the interaction between citizens of Brunei, the life of the nation and the state, and the system of government or state in the form of Monarchy.

 

Geography of Brunei Darussalam

 

Location:

Located at 114'04 "and 114'23" East Longitude and 4'00 "and 5'05" North Latitude. Brunei Darussalam is located in North West of North Sea of Borneo - 442 km in north of equator. The area is bordered by Sarawak, Malaysia, except in the north that is bordered by the South China Sea. The Brunei region is separated by Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia.

District:

Brunei is divided into four districts, they are Brunei-Muara district, Tutong district, Belait district and Temburong district. Each district is headed by a Regional Officer (Pegawai Daerah) appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (Director's level at the Ministry), and not elected by the folk people in the relevant district. All policies are determined by the Center (from or through the Ministry of the Interior).

Climate:

Tropical Equatorial, with temperatures tend to be uniform (ranging from 28 - 32 degrees Celsius), with 82% moisture rate, and rainfall averaging 4,000 mm per year, while in Temburong and other areas an average of 2,400 mm - 2,990 mm per year.

Natural Resources:

Almost 80% of Brunei is a tropical forest. Of this area, almost 70% is in the form of native forest. The Government of Brunei Darussalam's policy are preserving the ecosystem includes allocating almost 55% of the country's total area as protection forest or reserve forest. Its natural wealth is in the form of oil, natural gas, silica sand, forests and marine resources. So far, Brunei Darussalam just exploit oil and gas resources.

Airport:

There is only an airport which is Brunei International Airport at Bandar Seri Begawan, and no domestic flights.

Seaport:

Brunei has one main seaport located at Muara (Muara Port), Bandar Seri Begawan.

 

Economy of Brunei Darussalam

 

Gross Domestic Product (GDP):

Gross Domestic Product of Brunei Darussalam grew around 3.6% in the first quarter of 2016. The last GDP is estimated at BND3.945,7 million in 2016, decreased by BND 328.5 million compared to 2015. (Source: JPKE, 2016)

Composition of GDP Per Sector:

Data for the 2016 quarter: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (15.1%), Oil and Gas (7.6%), Mining (5.1%), Manufacturing (15.6%).

Income per capita:

Income per capita in 2015 was B$44.700, while it was B$52.500 in 2014.

Balance of trade:

The foreign trade balance with the various nations in August 2016 amounted to BND $ 142.3 million or decreased when compared to the previous year of 2015 which reached BND $ 286.7 million. Brunei Darussalam's exports in the oil and gas sector declined sharply in August 2016 by 31.10 percent to BND460.30 million compared to July's BND677.90 million. During the period of 2005-2016, the average export of Brunei Darussalam amounted to BND1450.05 million. The value of exports had jump higher in September 2008 amounted to BND4137.32 million and decreased in August 2016 only BND460,30 million. Oil and gas exports reached BND $ 386.40 million or 18.23 percent lower than exports in July.

Main Export Commodities:

In August, the Government of Brunei Darussalam exported crude oil of $BND159.40 million and liquefied natural gas worth of $BND227 million. Oil and gas is Brunei Darussalam's largest export commodity reaching until 95 percent of the total exports. Other major exports are mineral fuel ($BND386,40 million), machinery and transportation equipment ($BND40,90 million) and chemicals (BND21,70 million). Brunei Darussalam's main export destinations are Japan (43.8 percent), followed by Thailand (15.9%), India (15.8%) and Taiwan (5.9%).

Main Import Commodities:

In August, the Import of Brunei Darussalam reached $BND318 million or 22.26% more than the previous month which was $BND260.1 million. Brunei Darussalam's main imports are machinery and transportation equipment worth BND129.1 million, manufactured goods (BND46.6 million) and food (BND45.7 million). Imports of intermediate goods accounted for 58.1% of total imports, followed by capital goods and consumption goods respectively 33.1% and 8.8%. More than 20 percent of imported products come from Malaysia, followed by the United States (17.8 percent), Singapore (17.5 percent) and China (10.6 percent). Brunei Darussalam's trade balance in August was BND142.3 million.

Workforce:

In 2014 the employment (aged 15 and above) was recorded at 310,500. Unemployment rate as many as 14,100 people. (Source: JPKE, 2016).

 

 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BILATERAL CO-OPERATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AND BRUNEI DARUSSALAM COUNTRY


Politic:

The diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam began on 1st of January 1984. Since then, the bilateral cooperation between the two countries has worked very well in various fields and levels. The close cooperation in politics has become a strong foundation for strengthening the cooperation in other fields such as economy, trade, and employment.

In order to provide a platform for regular bilateral communication, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam agreed to establish a Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) forum in 2003. Through this forum, the two countries can discuss bilateral issues, seek pending matters and agree on directives in order to improve future bilateral relations. In its development, JCBC was suspended in 2003 and reactivated in 2011. Until now JCBC has been held three times, lastly in Bandar Seri Begawan on April 11, 2013.

The year 2015 is marked by the state visit of President Joko Widodo to Brunei on 7-8th of February 2015. In the state visit has been signed Memorandum of Understanding Cooperation of Health Sector and Cooperation between KADIN of both countries. The bilateral relations were also reinforced by the presence of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to meet President Joko Widodo's invitation in the Asia-African Conference and New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) Commemoration in April 2015.

Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dato Errywan, attended the 8th Bali Democracy Forum in Bali on 10-11th of December 2015.​

For ASEAN cooperation, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam continue to establish close cooperation, especially in welcoming ASEAN Community post 2015.

Economy:

  • In the economic field, the decline in world oil prices also affected the trade balance between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. Indonesia experienced a surplus in the first half of 2015, but again deficit until the end of 2015 because the value of Indonesian imports to Brunei increased in the second half. The global economic downturn also affected the value of trade between the two countries which decreased by 360%. The decline in the total trade value was caused by the decrease of oil and gas import from Brunei by 476.8%. Meanwhile, Indonesia's non-oil and gas exports to Brunei also declined by 99%. (Source: JPKE data, January 2016).
  • Indonesian SME products that have prospects in the Brunei Darussalam market include building materials, home furnishings, handicraft, paper, textiles / garments, automotive components, shoes, rice, milk & cream, wheat flour & fine flour, tobacco processing, sugar & honey, live food & animals, beverages & tobacco, animal oil & fat and vegetables. The Indonesian business competitors in the Brunei Darussalam market are Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, China, India, and Vietnam.
  • The Indonesian export commodities are machinery and transportation equipment, manufactured goods, live food & animals, chemicals, other manufactured products, food / beverage packaging & tobacco, vegetable & animal oils, and raw materials. Brunei's export commodities are crude oil, chemicals, crude materials, machinery & transportation equipment, and raw materials.
  • During the state visit of President Joko Widodo, 7-8th February 2015, the two countries have signed MoU on Health Cooperation and MoU of Cooperation between ICCI (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) of both countries. This is expected to further enhance bilateral relations / cooperation in the future.
  • Barriers to the entry of Indonesian products to Brunei are due to the absence of networks and facilities in the form of trade agreements including the discussion on import regulations, the absence of direct sea transport between the two countries so that Indonesian products entering through third countries such as Singapore and Malaysia and there is no such consortium trade relations.
  • In the field of investment, so far there are two Indonesian companies investing in Brunei Darussalam, a pure private company / private manufacturing service Besmindo, which provides mining services engineering and drinking water company (namely Sehat) operated by Indonesia- Brunei Darussalam that called Indonesia-Brunei Investment Cooperation (IBIC). Meanwhile, Brunei investment in Indonesia is Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Bali worth at US $ 15 million. It is currently being explored for possible investment cooperation between the two countries in agriculture (organic fertilizer, rice seed, and other agricultural products) and energy cooperation (oil drilling / seismic and petrochemical projects).
  • Investment cooperation doesn't seem to increase in the future. So far, Brunei Darussalam has prioritized investment in the portfolio sector, which is considered more profitable because it does not require a lot of human resources.
  • Another obstacle is the absence of an Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investment agreement between the two countries.

 

Trade Data between Indonesia-Brunei Darussalam (Thousand US $)

Description20142015

TREND (%)

2011-2016

January-July

Changes (%)

2015-2016

20152016
Total Trade694,598.8222,667.0-24.94134,867.4117,437.5-12.92
Export100,296.091,229.74.3456,524.057,348.21.46
Import594,302.7131,437.2-31.2578,343.360,089.3-23.30
Balance trade-494,006.7-40,207.5-44.66-21,819,3-2,471.087.40

(Source: BPS-Kemendag, 2016)

Investment Volume of Brunei Darussalam in Indonesia:

US $ 0.00 million (Quarter IV 2015)

US $ 0.63 million (First Quarter 2016)

Brunei travellers to Indonesia:

23,667 people (2014)

23,309 people (2013)

(Source: BPS, 2016)

Trading Volume:

B $ 863.5 million (2013) or USD639.6 million (2013)

B $ 944.4 million (2014) or USD699.5 million (2014)

B $ 262.2 million (2015) or USD194.2 million (2015)

(Source: JPKE, 2016)

Indonesia Exports to Brunei Darussalam:

B $ 191.9 million (2013) or USD142.1 million (2013)

B $ 132.2 million (2014) or USD97.9 million (2014)

B $ 121.4 million (2015) or USD89.9 million (2015)

(Source: JPKE, 2016)

Imports Indonesia from Brunei Darussalam:

B $ 671.6 million (2013) or USD497.4 million (2013)

B $ 812.2 million (2014) or USD601.6 million (2014)

B $ 140.8 million (2015) or USD104.2 million (2015)

(Source: JPKE, 2016)

 

Investment Volume of Brunei Darussalam in Indonesia:

US $ 1.2 million (2013)

- (2012)

US $ 11.8 million (2011)

Brunei travellers to Indonesia:

23,667 people (2014)

23,309 people (2013)

(Source: BPS, 2016)


Agriculture and Energy:

  • Ministry of Agriculture will explore the cooperation of dispatch of agricultural experts and agricultural machinery with Brunei Darussalam. Related to self-sufficiency of cow 2014, this ministry will also explore the possibility of cooperation with Brunei Darussalam in terms of livestock investment. Brunei Darussalam is also interested to work with Indonesia in the field of organic fertilizer for peatlands and cooperation in the field of sawmills, rice and plantations.
  • In the energy sector, the two countries are conducting oil and gas exploration activities in the Block M oilfield area, Seria, Kuala Belait oilfield area, which is being undertaken by Indonesian labor migrants and is being explored by cooperation in increasing the capacity of human resources in the energy sector.

Pending Issues:

  1. MoU Marine and Fisheries
  2. MoU Sailing and Port


Consular and Employment:

  • Indonesian citizens residing in Brunei Darussalam as of April 2016 amounted to 76,691 people (source: self-report of Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan).
  • Meanwhile, Indonesian Migrant Workers (IMW) in Brunei Darussalam number around 33,552 (Source: Labor Position data of 2015). The relationship between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam in consular affairs generally runs harmonious and the fulfillment of requests / information exchange with relevant agencies in Brunei goes smoothly.
  • Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam have signed Consular Notification and Consular Assistance (MCN) agreements that was signing by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam on 18 July 2011. MCN is one of the important instruments in the framework of the protection of Indonesian citizens. The most important thing of the agreement's contents is that the state must notify the Representative Office as soon as possible if there are citizens who face legal cases, and also provide consular access to meet with the citizens facing the case. As the implementation of MCN implementation and as mandated by the agreement, both parties agree to hold regular meetings every year or at any time if necessary to discuss consular relations between the two countries. Implementation of MCN in principle has been running well, although it felt the need for an improvement in the implementation.
  • The 1st JWG on Consular Matters was held in Brunei Darussalam in June 2014, the 2nd JWG on Consular Matters was held in Indonesia in November 2015, and the 3rd JWG on Consular Matters is planned to be held in 2016 in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam through Joint Working Groups on Labor Matters are also discussing some of the agreements that was embodied in a Memorandum of Understanding set forth in the JWG on Labor Matters (JWG on Labor Matters). The 1st JWG on Labor Matters meeting was held in Brunei Darussalam in August 2013, the 2nd JWG on Labor Matters was held in Indonesia in November 2015. The 3rd JWG on Labor Matters meeting as a follow-up to a previous discussion on labor issues is planned to be held in Brunei Darussalam in 2016 and is currently awaiting confirmation from Brunei Darussalam.
  • The signing of the MoU on employment between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam is expected to be implemented by 2016.
Formal (IMW)Non-Formal (IMW)
Oil Industry1,183household assistant22,618
Construction16,406
Industry384Driver4,372
Nurse19
Farm1,051Others7,858
Driver1,234
Others9,722
Total29,999Total34,848
ServiceProfessionalThe child with special neededOthers
6,8911,0933523,508

 

Social and Culture:

The bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Brunei in the field of socio-culture is going well, reflected by the mutual visits between Indonesian officials and Brunei,

Such as:

  • Visit of Members of the Regional Representative Council to Brunei Darussalam University, in December 2015.
  • Visit of Members of the Presidential Advisory Council of Indonesia, KH Hasyim Muzadi to the State Mufti of Brunei and the Minister of Religious Affairs of Brunei, in October 2015.
  • Representative visit of the Minister of Religious Brunei in the framework of The Fourth International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS) in Malang on 23 - 25 November 2015 organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia in cooperation with the Ministry of Religion of Indonesia, UIN Malang and Secretariat General ICIS.
  • Visit of Indonesian Hajj Monitoring Commission 2015 to State Mufti of Brunei, Minister of Religious Affairs in division of Hajj position as a manager of Hajj affairs; and Darussalam Holdings, on November 24-27.

 

Social Societies:

The cooperation relationship between Indonesia and Brunei is also established in the non-governmental way, with the establishment of Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia Friendship Association (BRUDIFA), on January 6, 2009. As the founder, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Jaludin bin Haji Mohd. Limbang, formerly Brunei Darussalam's first Ambassador to Indonesia (1984-1986 period), was elected as the first chairman of BRUDIFA and the Ambassador of Indonesia in Bandar Seri Begawan as ex-officio as BRUDIFA's patron of organization. BRUDIFA was launched to the public on March 24, 2009 at Bandar Seri Begawan.

As a forum for gathering Indonesians in Brunei, there is Persatuan Masyarakat Indonesia or abbreviated PERMAI, since November 20, 1988 with the previous name "Kerabat Nusantara" or known as "KN". PERMAI is registered as a legal entity in Brunei on June 1, 2006.

 

Education:

The bilateral relations between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam in the field of education run well, among others through educational cooperation, such as visits between universities / colleges and the signing of cooperation between universities / colleges.

NoVisitationMonth/Year
1Sultan Syarif Kasim State Islamic University (UIN SUSKA) Riau to Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA)Oct, 2015
2UIN SUSKA Riau to Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB)Oct, 2015
3Islamic University of Indonesia (UII) Yogyakarta to UNISSADec, 2015
4Sultan Muhammad Hasanuddin State Islamic Institute (IAIN SMH) Banten to UNISSADec, 2015
5Muhammadiyah University of Pare-Pare (UMPAR) to UNISSAFeb, 2016
6UMPAR to KUPU SBFeb, 2016
7IAIN SMH Banten to UNISSAApr, 2016
8Muhammadiyah University of Metro (UM Metro) Lampung to UNISSAMei, 2016
9
Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta (UMS) to UNISSAJul, 2016
10Batusangkar State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatra to UNISSAJul, 2016
11Batusangkar State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatra to KUPU SBJul, 2016
12Sultan Agung Islamic University (UNISSULA) Semarang to UNISSAAug, 2016
13Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic University of Jepara (UNISNU) to UNISSAAug, 2016
14Bukittinggi State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatera to UNISSAAug, 2016
15UIN SUSKA Riau to UNISSAAug, 2016
16Islamic State University of Sunan Gunung Djati (UIN-SGD) Bandung to UNISSASep, 2016
17Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta (UMY) to UNISSASep, 2016
18Bukittinggi State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatera to UNISSAOct, 2016
19Bukittinggi State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatera to KUPU SBOct, 2016
20(IAIN SMH) Banten to KUPU SBOct, 2016

The Visitation between University in Indonesia and University in Brunei Darussalam 2015-2016

 

NoMemorandum of AgreementPlaceDay/Month/Year
1Sultan Syarif Kasim State Islamic University (UIN SUSKA) Riau with Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA)Bandar Seri Begawan17/10/2015
2Sultan Muhammad Hasanuddin State Islamic Institute (IAIN SMH) Banten with UNISSABandar Seri Begawan18/10/2015
3University of Darussalam Gontor (UNIDA) Ponorogo with UNISSAPonorogo, East Java12/12/2015
4Muhammadiyah University of Metro (UM Metro) Lampung with UNISSABandar Seri Begawan21/05/2016
5Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta (UMS) with UNISSABandar Seri Begawan20/07/2016
6Batusangkar State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatra with KUPU SBBandar Seri Begawan26/07/2016
7Sultan Agung Islamic University (UNISSULA) Semarang with UNISSABandar Seri Begawan15/10/2016
8Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic University of Jepara (UNISNU) with UNISSABandar Seri Begawan15/10/2016
9Bukittinggi State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatera to KUPU SBBandar Seri Begawan29/10/2016
10Batusangkar State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatra with KUPU SBBandar Seri Begawan29/10/2016
11Alauddin Islamic State University (UINAM) MakassrBandar Seri Begawan29/10/2016
12Palopo State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) South Sulawesi with KUPU SBBandar Seri Begawan29/10/2016
13Bukittinggi State Institute of Islamic Literature (IAIN) West Sumatera to UNISSABandar Seri Begawan31/10/2016

The Memorandum of Agreement between the University in Indonesia and the University in Brunei Darussalam period 2015-2016

 

In addition to the bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, the improvement of educational cooperation in the region also took place, such as the signing of the cooperation of Borneo Studies Network which consists of University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), University of Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysian University of Sabah, Mulawarman University (Samarinda), Lambung Mangkurat University (Banjarmasin), University of Balikpapan, and University of Tanjungpura, Dayakologi Institute, Sekolah Tinggi Pastoral Keuskupan Agung and Mata Enggang Institute (Pontianak).


Scholarship and Student Exchange: 

Scholarship:

There are scholarships for Brunei Darussalam students who are interested in studying in Indonesia, among others the Graduate Program of Developing Country Partnership on Scholarship, Darmasiswa RI Scholardhip Program, and the Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship Program.

Otherwise, the Government of Brunei Darussalam offers scholarships for Indonesian students to study at Brunei Darussalam colleges at diploma, graduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Registration is generally opened every year in December. The selection is conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, through the Brunei Embassy of friendly countries.

Student exchange:

In the field of student exchange cooperation, in 2015 there were 63 Brunei students studying in Indonesia. A number of programs, including community outreach and Discovery Year programs from University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), outside study program from Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPUSB), and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) student exchange program from University of Technology Brunei and University of Brunei Darussalam. The universities / colleges in Indonesia are Pekalongan University, UIN Alaudin Makassar, Binus University, Bandung Institute of Technology, Airlangga University and University of Indonesia.

Sports:

Relationships in the field of youth and sports in 2015 run well, marked by visitation of big motorcycle clubs, 4 Wheel Drive vehicles and youth and Indonesian athletes to Brunei Darussalam and vice versa, including:

• Participation of the Sambas delegation during the 2015 Regata Championship on 1st March, 2015.

• Indonesia's participation in the 2015 ITF Junior tennis championship on 6-14 March 2015.

• Contingent participation of West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan Provinces during the 2015 Borneo Health Benefit Fair held by the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam on 28-29 March 2015.

• Participation of Indonesian student athletes to compete in ASEAN School Games 2015 on 21-29 November 2015, in which Indonesia succeeded in becoming the overall champion.

• Participation of Indonesia's big motorcycle clubs in the expedition of Brotherhood Borneo Ride, Kuching International Bike Week and Brunei Darussalam Motorcycle Association to West Kalimantan to participate in the 16th Borneo Island International Big Bike Festival (BIIBF) 2015.

Defence and Security:

In the field of defence, the armed forces of both countries have regularly conducted exercises together, the heads of the armed forces visited each other, and sent each other personnel for military courses or training.

In recent years, Indonesian National Armed Forces' (TNI) middle officers have participated in the Executive Development Program (EDP) leadership course organized by the Brunei Ministry of Defence. Another middle officer participated in the first Staff and Comand College that held by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (ABDB). Meanwhile, the first TNI officers had attended the Junior Staff Course (JSC) held by the ABDB Training Institute since 2007.​

Meanwhile, ABDB officers have followed military education and training in Indonesia, like participating in the regular education of Air Force Command and Staff School of Indonesian National Armed Force (SESKO TNI AD) and other regular military education in Indonesia.

 

Bandar Seri Begawan, November 2016

Social-Cultural Affairs
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam