07 June 2018 – Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has made its first appearance in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR) at 442. UTB was screened and evaluated against 4,763 institutions from 151 countries taken from the five QS regional rankings. Although 1,011 universities met the criterion and qualified to be included in the ranking, only 1000 universities from 85 countries have been published in the QSWUR 2019 this year. The QS team analysed the institution’s Teaching, Employability, Research Strength and Internationalisation using six main performance metrics namely Academic Reputation Survey, Employer Reputation Survey, Faculty Student Ratio, Citation per Faculty and International Faculty. UTB performed particularly well in the Faculty Student Ratio and International Faculty indicators ranking 158 and 77 respectively globally, signalling the university’s commitment to high-quality teaching and its attractiveness to academic staff internationally. UTB is amongst the eight new universities in Southeast Asia making its debut entry in QSWUR 2019.
According to Dr. Lim Tiong Hoo, the Deputy Director of Planning & Development Office at the University, “UTB is also one of the fastest universities to be ranked in QSWUR, only eight months after being included for the first time in the QS Asia University Ranking 2018 at 165 in October last year.” He explained that, “However, QSWUR is not an automatic or opt in ranking, and institutions were re-evaluated before being included in the world ranking.”
QS World Ranking is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and viewed as one of the three most-widely read university rankings in the world along with Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Professor Dr. Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice-Chancellor of UTB sees this recognition as an impetus for further growth of the young university. “Alhamdulillah, thanks to the inspiring leadership of 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 and the Chancellor of UTB, support of His Majesty’s government and hard work of everyone in the University, UTB is now standing proudly amongst some of the world’s reputable universities in its tenth year as a university this year. This achievement is a testament to the immense potential of UTB and a reflection of the quality of higher education in the country in general,” said the Vice-Chancellor. She added that, “The ranking exercise also provides UTB with vital indicators and benchmarks that are useful when it develops its policies and plan strategically for the next phase of its
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah at the UTB Convocation in 2015, called upon UTB to be more ambitious in positioning itself amongst the world’s renown universities through perseverance and quality education system.
UTB places high importance to its engagement with the industry stakeholders to enrich teaching and learning at the University. Academic programmes are developed and reviewed with close consultation with the industry and other stakeholders. Local and international industry practitioners are also involved as adjunct staff of the University, enabling students to benefit from the first-hand knowledge and experience of the industry. UTB is also vigorously pursuing professional accreditation of its academic programmes in an effort to ensure that the academic rigour in UTB prepares its graduates for the demands of the various professions, thereby enhancing their employability.
Academic staff in UTB have diverse international experience in industry and academia.