Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is now ranked at the 350th place in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021 (QSWUR 2021), up twenty-nine spots from 379 last year. This is the second consecutive year in which UTB has risen the QSWUR ladder since its first appearance in the QSWUR 2019. Since 2019, UTB moved up 92 places. According to the QS reports, over the three considered years, UTB moved up twice and did not present negative overall performances.

Other universities also making it into the Top 350 include University of Utah and Yeshiva University in the United States; SOAS University of London and City, University of London in the United Kingdom; Hiroshima University in Japan; Ewha Womans University in South Korea; American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and others. This indicates UTB is on par with other outstanding international universities around the world.

In the QSWUR 2021 Edition, UTB was screened and evaluated against other prestigious international institutions worldwide where a total of 1, 604 institutions from 93 countries met the criteria and qualified to be in the ranking, however, only 1,002 institutions were published in QSWUR 2021 this year.

The participating institutions were assessed based on six performance indicators including its strengths in Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty-Student Ratio, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty Ratio, and International Students Ratio.

From the overall results, it shows that UTB performed among the top 30% in the QSWUR. According to the report from QS, UTB performed particularly well in the Faculty-Student Ratio. At 79 globally, the Faculty-Student ratio has moved up twenty-nine places which makes it the strongest indicator for UTB this year with a score of 91.5%. UTB has also scored the highest in the International Faculty Ratio with 99.3% which measures the proportion of non-local faculty at an institution. These show the University’s continuous commitment towards providing its students high-quality teaching and learning that have diverse international perspectives, as well as its attractiveness to academic staff internationally. Other improved indicators for UTB this year also include Academic Reputation and Citations per Faculty Ratio. According to the statistics, there is a significant increase in the number of international academics recognising research works conducted by the university by 10%. This is reflected in the number of citations referenced in Scopus index that has shown an increase of 25% over the last 5 years. 

In the 2020 edition of the QS Asia University Rankings, UTB is ranked at 137, making UTB among the top 150 universities in Asia and the top 25% among over 500 institutions evaluated across the continent. UTB is also the only university in the country rated Five Star by the QS.

With UTB’s notable performance in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, UTB will continue to maintain the momentum and strive towards accomplishing its vision to become ‘A Global University Impacting Society’. UTB is also on track in positioning itself as a university of global caliber and continue to attract talented students and scholars from the country and internationally.

Professor Dr. Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor of UTB also shares her delight, “Alhamdulillah, I am very grateful to 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 for his strong leadership and vision in developing and enhancing STEM education in the country. I also thank the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman and UTB Council for their continued trust, encouragement, and support on UTB. This achievement presents significant milestones and serve as recognition of our ability to make a global impact in the higher education.”

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 the Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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