UTB EMBRACES TRIPLE HELIX COLLABORATION

Two postgraduate students were awarded with full scholarship by Sesame World Technology (Brunei) Sendirian Berhad today in a scholarship award ceremony held at the Pearl, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB). The letter of awards were presented by the Guest of Honour, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education, in the presence of Professor Dr. Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice-Chancellor of UTB and Awang Yang Jian Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Sesame World Technology (B) Sdn Bhd.

The students were Dayang Nurulhidayati binti Haji Mohd Sani, a PhD student in the School of Computing and Informatics and Awang Muhammad Khairuddin bin Othman, Masters of Science by Research student in the Faculty of Engineering. The scholarship covers tuition fees, monthly subsistence allowance and other educational expenses.

At the scholarship award ceremony, the Minister of Education delivered a speech. Earlier, welcoming remarks were delivered by Jennifer Voon Nyuk Hiong, Director of Industry Liaison Office, UTB and Awang Yang Jian Feng, CEO of Sesame World Technology (B) Sdn Bhd.

Prior to the ceremony, the Minister of Education also officiated the opening of the UTB - Sesame World Technology Science, Technology and Innovation Lab before touring the facility and looking closely at some of the products under development in the Lab. The establishment of the Lab within the University’s campus is one of the deliverables in the strategic collaboration between UTB and Sesame World Technology, which is also supported by the Government of Brunei Darussalam through the Innovative Technology and Creative Industry Division, Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office. The Lab accommodates research and development facilities in the domain of directed sounds, digital media and artificial intelligence. Apart from engaging the two postgraduate students who received the scholarship, the Lab also engages other students from UTB as interns.

The close partnership that UTB is fostering with the industry is in line with its efforts to fulfill its mission in providing experiential learning with wide opportunities for industrial experience for its students and also enhancing research and innovation capability through strategic collaborations with its stakeholders. The collaboration initiative is also to heed the Titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the UTB Convocation Ceremony in 2014 that called UTB to form triple helix strategic alliances across academia, industry and the government, which will attract multinational corporations to work closely with the University on-campus. 

Also present at the official opening of the UTB - Sesame World Technology STI Lab and the Scholarship Award Ceremony were Madam Yang Gian, the Ambassador of China to Brunei Darussalam; Professor Dr. Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor of UTB; Dr. Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, Rector of UNISSA and Dr. Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education).