Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is an Engineering and Technology University in Brunei Darussalam that specialises in the niche areas of Engineering, Business, Computing, Applied Sciences & Mathematics, and Design.
UTB was first established in 1986 as Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), a higher learning institution offering Higher National Diploma programmes in Engineering, Business and Computing. In 2008, ITB was upgraded to a university and was renamed to Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) on 1 March 2016.
Since the upgrade, the university has seen tremendous development including the expansion of its academic programmes portfolio, establishment of partnerships with industries and universities, embarking on the process of programme accreditation by professional bodies, and intensification of research activities. UTB’s ethos has always been based around the idea that effective instruction, hands-on approach and industry-based programmes equip students with fundamental knowledge, competence and marketable skills. This guiding principle has helped UTB produce graduates highly valued by local employers and readily accepted by universities in the UK, Australia, Canada and around the world.
In research, UTB strives to become a university that contributes to enrichment of knowledge and solving contemporary issues with research focused on Energy, Sustainable Built Environment, Agrifood, Digital and Creativity, Society and Enterprise, and Wellness. These Research Thrusts provide platforms for academic staff from various faculty, schools and centres to collaborate. UTB Research Centres perform active research in multidisciplinary expert teams and engages external stakeholders such as government agencies, companies and other stakeholders to win grants, consultancies and others. This include Centre for Innovative Engineering (CIE) - which aims to become a dynamic centre for multidisciplinary and innovative translational research; the Centre for Transport Research (CfTR) - established to carry out research activities that include policy studies, transport modelling and intelligent transport system, and focuses on the areas of Transport Safety, Highway & Geotechnics, and Traffic; and the Centre for Research in Agri Food Science & Technology (CrAFT) – a new research centre that aims to support the nation’s aspiration to diversify its economy by strengthening the Agrifood industry using science and technology. UTB made its first appearance in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR) at 442 in 2018, evaluated against 4,763 institutions from 151 countries around the world. However, in 2019 it has managed to climb an astounding 63 places and clinched Top 400 at 379th place. This has ranked UTB at 51 for Young Global University under 50 years of age and this presents another great achievement since UTB is a very young university. In Asia, UTB is among the top 200 universities. In the 2019 edition of QS Asia University Rankings, UTB ranked at 181, the top 36 per cent among over 500 institutions across the continent but managed to climb 44 places at 137th place in the 2020 edition of the QS Asia University Rankings. With a five-star ranking, this makes UTB the only University in the country rated Five Star by the QS. UTB has also successfully acquired the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification by the Bureau Veritas in July 2019.
To date, UTB has produced over 5,141 BDTVEC HND graduates, 295 HND Level Five graduates, 1,684 undergraduates and over 199 Master’s degree graduates. UTB’s vision is to become a global university impacting society and its mission is to nurture socially-responsible talents that are deeply-rooted in MIB values and committed to building a global and entrepreneurial society in pursuit of innovation and industry relevant capabilities, towards the fulfilment of Brunei Vision 2035.