Malaysian Buddhism research

YAYASAN Belia Buddhist Malaysia (YBBM) and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to carry out collaborative research and seminars on Malaysian Buddhism.

According to the MoU, YBBM will allocate a total of RM150,000 over the course of three years, while UTAR will provide researchers to carry out the research projects.

The scope of the research projects is divided into two themes, the first being social research on contemporary issues such as interreligious interaction, and the impact of public policies, globalisation, social change and technological development on Buddhist activities in Malaysia.

The second is on contemporary Buddhist activities such as Buddhist education, training, leadership development, cultural development, social services, public engagement and organisational development.In addition, YBBM will provide an incentive grant of RM1,000 to undergraduates doing final year projects on the subject of Malaysian Buddhism.

The MoU was signed by YBBM chairman Datuk Ang Choo Hong and UTAR president Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat.

Ang hoped that the collaborative effort would widen the research scope and set the direction of future studies on Malaysian Buddhism.

Prof Ewe said the outcome from the research initiatives would play a vital role in future policy making and lead to society’s betterment.