Crown Prince Officiates UTB’s Fourth Convocation Festival 2017

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, as the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), this morning consented to officiate UTB’s Fourth Convocation Festival 2017.

Upon arrival at the Library Complex in UTB, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was greeted by the Minister of Education and Chairman of UTB Council, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, and Professor Dr. 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 Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar, the Chief Syari'e Judge.

His Royal Highness then consented to deliver a Sabda launching UTB's Fourth Convocation Festival 2017, which was then followed by the call of Takbir and a multimedia show. His Royal Highness then consented to tour the ‘Innov8’ Exhibition.

‘Innov8’ which is derived from the word ‘Innovate’ has been chosen as the theme for the Convocation Festival this year. Innovate means making changes to the current state through the introduction of something new, new process, new idea, new methods or new product. Innovation is critical in a higher education institution as it ensures competitiveness through constant improvements in quality, efficiency, and productivity. The digit ‘8’ in the theme signifies the eight important areas where innovation has been applied in order to produce quality graduates who can make impactful contribution to the nation: Innov8 Network, Innov8 Research, Innov8 Campus, Innov8 FEng, Innov8 SCI, Innov8 UTB SB, Innov8 Enterprise, and Innov8 Leader. The theme is also in line with the university’s ambition to achieve excellence in the areas of Teaching, Research and Community Engagement.

Being innovative is also one of the core values of UTB. The other core values are professionalism, integrity, passionate, and engaging.

‘Innov8 Network’ features the network of collaborations with various local and international institutions and organisations through which innovative ideas can be generated.

Postgraduate students are an important link between research and generation of new ideas. ‘Innov8 Research’ showcased two projects by graduate students from MSc in Mechanical Engineering programme: ‘Development of Bioinspired Polydimethylsiloxane-coated Fibrous Membrane for Oil Water Separation’, and ‘The Characterization of Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Fibre Reinforced Plaster’.

Under ‘Innov8 Campus’, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince viewed the ISLE Garden, which was officiated by His Royal Highness during the Second UTB Convocation Festival in 2015. The ISLE Garden was opened as part of UTB’s effort to provide a conducive campus and strengthening the infrastructures for research and learning.

‘Innov8 UTB SB’, ‘Innov8 SCI’, ‘Innov8 FEng’ exhibitions are dedicated to innovative products developed by Business, Computing and Engineering undergraduates. At the ‘Innov8 UTB SB’ exhibition, three start-ups ‘Plus Exp’, ‘DAH’, and ‘Mayang Couture’, and three business projects, ‘Let’s Fly’, ‘Terpisah by Creight Media’, and ‘Your Transit in Brunei UTBCare’ were presented. His Royal Highness also consented to launch the UTB Start-Up Kiosk which is a space to accommodate selected business start-ups by students. Currently, the kiosk houses ‘Plus EXP’, an online career development platform for graduates seeking for real work experience through internships.

In the Lecture Theatre, His Royal Highness also consented to view a short horror film ‘Terpisah’ which was produced by a group of students from the UTB School of Business.

Four projects were showcased at the ‘Innov8 SCI’, two projects under the Creative Multimedia programme area: ‘Subduing the Audience in an Immersive Digital Environment’, and ‘Interactive Driving Lessons using Virtual Reality’; and two projects under the Computer Network and Security programme area: ‘Smart LED Street Light System Using Sensor & Wireless Network’ that won first prize under the Tertiary Category at the recent Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) 2017, and ‘Smart Waste Management and Monitoring System’.

‘Innov8 FEng’ featured seven engineering projects: ‘Development on the Design and Fabrication of an Automated Shoe Rack’, ‘Design and Fabrication of Bionic Leg’, ‘Autonomous Robot Path Planning’ under the Mechanical Engineering programme area; ‘Automated Fertigation with GSM Alert System’, under the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme area; ‘The effects of Coir Fibre in the Consolidation Behaviour of Soft Clay’, ‘Earthquake Design of Buildings’, under the Civil Engineering programme area; ‘Production of Benzene via the Hydro Dealkylation of Toluene’, under the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering programme area.

Other UTB students who won awards at the recent Brunei ICT Awards 2017 also showcased their inventions to His Royal Highness, ‘Brunei Forest Fire Prevention System’, and ‘Mobile Incident Reporting & Web-Based GIS for Disaster Management’, that won second and third place under the Tertiary Category, and ‘VRIS - Virtual Reality Interactive Science’, who received the Special Award in Emerging Technology.

‘Innov8 Enterprise’ highlights UTB’s community involvement in every level. The Enterprise Office, a newly established unit which aims to provide high quality training to participants who are interested to enhance their technology in the area of communication skills, leadership, business, engineering and technology. The Enterprise Office features three initiatives: Bridging for the Hopes of Tomorrow (BRIGHT) School Adoption Programme; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Challenge; and participation in international robotics competition, FIRST Global Challenge 2017.

‘Innov8 Leader’ showcases the innovative implementation of community engagement programmes, such as the #iReach Programme, and the Student Leadership & Development Programme.

At the end of the exhibition, His Royal Highness consented for a group photograph with members of the UTB Student Representative Council (Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar UTB). His Royal Highness also consented to receive a Pesambah from the 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, Innov8 UTB SB Homegrown Entrepreneurs, UTB Sports Fiesta, Innov8 Run & Cycle, Innov8 Pop-Up Vendor, Innov8 Career Fair, UTB Charity Festival and UTB Photomarathon.

UTB Convocation 2017 will be held on Saturday, 30 September 2017 at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre.