13 September – His Royal Highness Prince (Dr.) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in his capacity as the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), this morning consented to officiate UTB’s Fifth Convocation Festival 2018.
Upon arrival at the Main Building of the Unviersity, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by the Minister of Education and Chairman of UTB Council, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, and Professor Dr. Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice-Chancellor of UTB.
Also present at the Ceremony were members of the UTB Council, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, senior government officials, industry partners and the staff and students of UTB.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.
His Royal Highness then consented to deliver a Sabda launching UTB’s Fifth Convocation Festival 2018, which was then followed by the call of Takbir and a multimedia show.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince also officiated the newly completed School of Design Complex. The new building is to accommodate the newly established School of Design, currently offering two new degree programmes in Architecture and Product Design. It has opened its door to its first cohort recently in July 2018.
His Royal Highness also consented to visit The University Shop, which offers university merchandise featuring UTB official mascot, Awang Jubli bin Emas (A.J.).
The ceremony was then continued with His Royal Highness consenting to tour the ‘π3ES’ Exhibition.
‘π3ES’ pronounced as “‘PI’ cube ES” is the theme for the UTB Convocation Festival this year. It is short for Pious, Professional, Passionate, Innovative, Engaging and Scholarly – the six core values to be practiced by people of UTB in achieving its vision to become a Global University impacting society.
The ‘π3ES’ Exhibition consist of six components reflecting the six core values: ‘Pious’, ‘Professional’, ‘Passionate’, ‘Innovative’, ‘Engaging’ and ‘Scholarly’.
The first component of the exhibition – ‘Pious’ means to embrace and cultivate the value of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB). It is the aspiration to uphold the Islamic faith and patriotism with full commitment and honesty and to practice noble, disciplined personality and cultural values with the guidance of Allah SWT. This component exhibits the initiatives of the students and graduates of UTB in instilling the MIB values in their studies in campus and their daily routines. The projects were displayed in the form of an e-Book. The e-book consist of the compilation of prayers, as well as downloadable mobile applications such as Bru Tausyeh and Masjidku. Exhibited was also a comic character named Noh, by Dr. Malai Yunus bin Malai Yusof, one of the lecturers from the Centre of Communication, Teaching and Learning. Noh was a character created that upholds the MIB values.
The second component was ‘Professionalism’, which is to uphold the code of ethics governing behaviors in all endeavors and also to provide services with a high degree of professionalism in all aspects of work. This component highlighted UTB’s strategies in upgrading professionalism of the students and graduates of the university through accredited academic programmes and students involvement with professional bodies. The exhibition featured activities of UTB students where the students are exposed to the professional world early in their studies through interactions with professional bodies in which Student Chapters have been established at the University. The Student Chapters at UTB include IET-Student on Campus, SPE-UTB Student Chapter, PUJA-UTB Student Chapter, IchemE-UTB Student Chapter dan ImechE-UTB Student Chapter.
‘Passionate’ was the third component of the exhibition. It represents a strong drive to be intrinsically motivated and consistently committed to align, pursue and realise UTB’s vision and mission. It creates a conviction and provides an impetus for excellence. This component exhibits projects of passionate graduating students with First Class Honors Degree. The projects include Gamification of Learning Management System from Creative Computing Programme Area, Crime Record Management and Analysis using GIS from Computing Information System Programme Area, Production of 500MTD Methanol via Coal Gasification from the Faculty of Engineering, Self-Trackam from Creative Computing Programme Area and Cylisthub from Computing Information Systems Programme Area.
The fourth component of the exhibition was ‘Innovative’ which symbolises the ability to bring creative ideas into life resulting in enhanced performance and growth through efficiency, quality and productivity and to optimize the use of available resources to lead in research, teaching and learning as well as improve operational efficiency. Innovative Projects on display were IoT Based Solar Powered Car Interior Cooling and Monitoring System, CheckMate: An Artificially Intelligent System or Assisting in Diagnosis of Minor Illnesses, Effectiveness of I-Centre and Measuring the factors affecting entrepreneurial intention among UTB School of Business Students.
The exhibition on ‘Engaging’ demonstrates the establishment and enrichment of constructive relationship with all stakeholders through constant and supportive communication and also to foster strong and sustainable relationships with stakeholders through quadruple helix engagement. This exhibition showcased UTB’s engagement with the industry and academics at various levels including government and public sectors. The exhibition explained some of the efforts initiated by the university in creating a dynamic relationship with relevant stakeholders through quadriple helix engagement. Some of the stakeholders included in the exhibition were Sesame World Technology STI Lab, Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC), and Ministry of Communication. Other engagement includes community engagement through voluntary, community and outreach activities organised by the UTB Student Representative Council
The last component of the exhibition was ‘Scholarly’. It highlights the dissemination of knowledge through high quality teaching, learning, research and innovation and also to promote independent learning and develop knowledgeable society towards National Vision 2035. This component exhibits selected projects by the graduating postgraduate students. Some of the projects displayed include the Assessment of Water Quality in Brunei River Catchment, Analysis of Scouring Effects on Bridge Piers and Review of Design Guidelines on Slope in Brunei Darussalam.
His Royal Highness also consented to view The Garden of Robotics showcase. The showcase displays some robotic projects, which include the Design and Technology on 3D Printings where the designing, modelling and fabricating of products were demonstrated using a 3D printer. Another robotic project named Cost Effective Line Following Robot for Hospital Delivery was showcased; it shows how materials were transported within hospital in the most cost-effective way. Project on Prosthetic Hand and Tasks-based Control Analysis, were also displayed which it features the development of Prosthetic Hand for disabled patients.
At the end of the exhibition, His Royal Highness consented for a photograph session with student representatives and also received a Pesambah from the UTB Student Representative Council.
The Convocation Festival is held annually to celebrate students who have successfully completed their studies and will be graduating in the upcoming UTB Convocation. A series of events have been lined up in conjunction with the Festival that include Majlis Khatam Al-Quran, UTB Biggest Heroes, EKK Open Week, Bowling Competition, UTB Leadership Programme (ULP), UTB Library Book Bazaar (ULBB), Book Charity Donation and Adoption, UTB Film Festival, Mental Health Awareness Campaign, International Day of Peace, Career Clinic, and UTB Run & Cycle.
UTB Convocation 2018 will be held on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre.