Welcome to the Planning and Development Office (PDO).

The PDO is established in 2014, under the Vice-Chancellor’s Office to overlook the 2013/18 Strategic Plan in achieving UTB’s vision and develop the new 2019/23 Strategic Plan. The PDO monitors the university’s strategic development and work collaboratively across the Faculties, Schools and Administration to develop enabling strategies and integrated plans that support the University’s Vision, “To Be Amongst the Best 10 University for Engineering and Technology in South East Asia by 2018”. We analyse and provide high quality UTB information to internal and external stakeholders. The PDO is also responsible for UTB QS ranking and QS StarsTM rating project.

The PDO Team

The PDO consists of a team of four looking after these areas:



Dr Lim Tiong Hoo
T: +673 2461020 Ext 1237
E: lim.tiong.hoo@utb.edu.bn

Deputy Director

Dr Lee Kok Yueh
E: kokyueh.lee@utb.edu.bn

Strategic Development Coordinator

Dr. Aida Maryam binti Hj Basri
E: aida.basri@utb.edu.bn

Strategic Intelligence Coordinator

Ak Muhammad Rahimi bin Pg Hj Zahari
E: rahimi.zahari@utb.edu.bn


General Inquiry




The PDO is responsible for

  • The University Ranking and Stars Rating Project.
  • Engaging with the Vice-Chancellor and executive to establish the strategic planning themes for the forthcoming year develop long-term strategy and set performance metrics.
  • Drafting the new UTB Strategic Plan 2019-23
  • Undertaking other tasks as directed by Vice-Chancellor.
  • Reviewing the Strategic Plan and performance against key performance indicators for the UTB
  • Informing the university’s Principal Officers of advice or decision made by the Vice-Chancellor on matters pertaining to the implementation of their strategic initiatives or UTB vision.
  • Making recommendation to Vice-Chancellor on seminar, conferences, workshop, status and QS related matter.
  • Organising and recommending workshop, retreat, seminars and conferences related to UTB’s Strategic Plans 2019-2023.
  • Responding and liaising with the Ministry of Education and other Government Ministries with matters related to a National Strategic Plan
  • Maintaining strategic and productive working relationships through consultation and networking with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve the university objectives.

UTB Ranking and Rating Project

The PDO is given the responsibility to lead and manage the UTB ranking and rating project in July 2014. The objectives of UTB ranking and Rating Project are to include UTB in QS University Ranking by 2018 and to benchmark UTB against other Universities in the World


UTB QS Star Rating Project

In July 2017, the PDO submitted UTB’s institutional data to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an international ranking body based in London. Over 50 indicators were analysed.

In Sept 2017, UTB became the first university in Brunei Darussalam to be awarded with QS four Stars rating.

Nine months later, QS invited UTB to submit 12 additional data for the new program strength category introduced by QS in Aug 2017. In Aug 2018, QS upgraded UTB to five stars making UTB, the first and only Five Stars rated University in Brunei Darussalam. With this rating, it puts UTB alongside some of the very best universities in the world.

For more details on UTB QS Rating Analysis, please visit UTB QS five Stars Rating Report

UTB QS Ranking Project

UTB achieved its vision in October 2017 when UTB was included in the 2018 QS Asia University Ranking at 165, using the analytical data submitted in February 2017. This is a significant milestone for UTB 9 years after being upgraded to a university status. UTB stands at position #9 amongst universities specialising or offering Engineering and Technology programs in Southeast Asia (SEA), featured in QSAUR. UTB also stands at #40 amongst Engineering and Technology Universities in Asia and #30 in Southeast Asia.

In June 2018, UTB enters QS World University Ranking for the first time at #465 and QS Top 50 under 50 young University Ranking at #56, 8 months after being included in QSAUR.

For more details on UTB QS Ranking Exercises, please visit


UTB Rankings and Rating Project Timeline

Jan 2015 – QS Star Project Initiated

Aug 2015 – QS Star Preliminary Assessment

Mar 2016 – Official Registration to QS (Name Changed)

Feb 2017 – Data Submission for QS Asia University Ranking

Jul 2017 – Data Submission for QS Stars Rating

Sep 2017 – The first University in Brunei Darussalam with QS Four Stars.

Oct 2017 – QS Asia University Ranking @ 165

Oct 2017 – UTB achieves its vision being #9 E&T University in SEA.

Feb 2018 – Data Submission for QS World University Ranking

May 2018 – Additional Data Submission for QS Stars  Project

Jun 2018 – QS World University Ranking @ 442

Jun 2018 – QS Top 50 under 50 2019 University Ranking @ 57

Aug 2018 – The only 5 Stars University in Brunei Darussalam awarded by QS.



  • Top 300 QS World Ranking
  • Top 150 QS Asia Ranking
  • 5 Stars QS Star Rating.
  • UTB Strategic Plan 2019-23
  • Times Asia University Ranking 2022


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We are happy to answer any queries or consultation regarding:

  • Support for analysis of institutional data
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