16 November 2020 – His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) consented to officiate the UTB Convocation 2020, held at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas.
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, the Pro-Chancellor of UTB was also at the Ceremony.
The arrival of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince at the ICC was greeted by the Minister of Education and Chairman of the UTB Council, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman; the Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Yang Mulia Professor Dr. Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Hj Sulaiman; and the Registrar & Secretary of UTB, Yang Mulia Awang Lim Chui Hua.
Soon after the arrival, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei consented to officiate the launching ceremony of Mushaf Universiti Teknologi Brunei Writing by writing Basmalah on the Ummul Kitab. This was followed by the call of ‘Allahu Akbar’ three times which took place at the Royal Lounge, ICC. The Mushaf will become the ceremonial mace of UTB during Convocation ceremony of the University.
After the launching, the Chancellor went to have a closer look on the design of the Mushaf UTB showcased at the event. The design adheres to the concept of ‘Kebruneian’, Malay Islamic Monarchy and engineering.
The UTB Convocation 2020 ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr. Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.
The Procession of the Chancellor into the Plenary Hall then followed, led by the Bentara (mace-bearer) holding aloft the Mushaf Al-Quran.
Verses 11-13 of Surah At-Thagabun in the Holy Quran were recited by Yang Mulia Awang Haji Muhammad Adam bin Hj Rosli, a graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. Meanwhile, Awang Muhammad Khaliq Syafie bin Muhammad Don, a graduate from the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Finance and Risk Management read the lessons from the verses.
The Vice-Chancellor of UTB then delivered the Sembah Alu-aluan.
His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Chancellor of UTB also consented to deliver the Titah (Royal Speech).
His Majesty then consented to deliver a Titah conferring the Doctor of Philosophy, Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree to recipients listed in the Convocation Book. This was immediately followed by the call of ‘Allahu Akbar, Wa Llillah il Ham’ by the graduates and all present.
His Majesty then consented to present Doctor of Philosophy to 2 graduates, Master’s Degree to 89 graduates and Bachelor’s Degree to 216 graduates.
At the end of the ceremony, the Doa’ Selamat was read by the State Mufti.
This year would be the very first cohort for Doctor Philosophy in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Doctor Philosophy in Civil Engineering, Master of Science (By Research) in Creative Computing, and Masters of Science (By Research) in Food & Science Technology to be graduated. These programmes are offered by the Faculty of Engineering, School of Computing & Informatics, and School of Applied Sciences & Mathematics respectively.
UTB currently offers 24 Undergraduate Degrees including its part-time degrees and 22 Master’s Degrees and PhD programmes. To date, UTB has produced over 5,141 BDTVEC HND; 295 Higher National Diploma Level Five; 1,926 undergraduates, 287 Master’s degree and 2 Doctor Philosophy graduates from academic programmes offered by the Faculty of Engineering, School of Computing and Informatics, UTB School of Business and School of Applied Sciences & Mathematics.