The Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Excellence Award Ceremony 2023 was held today in conjunction with UTB Convocation Ceremony 2023. The UTB Excellence Award Ceremony celebrates the Staff Excellence Award (SEA); the Vice-Chancellor’s Award; the University Student Excellence Award; the Outstanding Research Paper Award; the Dean’s List Award; the Co-Curricular Activities or Student Achievement Passport (SAP) Award; and the People’s Choice Award for UTB Project Showcase 2023. The ceremony took place at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas.
Present as the Guest of Honor at the event was Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Setia Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, the Minister of Education, Chairperson of UTB Council members.
Also present were His Excellency Mr. Xiao Jianguo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China; Yang Mulia Datin Paduka Professor Dr Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor of UTB; and other members of the UTB Council.
The event began with the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat, followed by a welcoming remark by the UTB Vice-Chancellor.
At the event, the Guest of Honour presented awards to the recipients of the Staff Excellence Awards (SEA) in Teaching, Research, Administrative Excellence Award for Academic Staff and Non-Academic Staff; and Special Mention Award.
A total of seventeen academics and staff were awarded for their excellence service to the University this year. The recipients were each awarded with a plaque, certificate of recognition and cash prize of BND$1,000.00. While for recipients for Special Mention received a certificate.
The recipients of the Staff Excellence Awards and Special Mention are as follows:
1. Teaching Excellence Award:
- Professor Dr. Sivakumar Manickam
- Dr. Law Kah Haw
-Dr. Shahriar Shams
2. Research Excellence Award Early Career Academic:
- Dr. Tan Soon Jiann
- Dr. Wendy Ng Pei Qin
3. Research Excellence Award Mid Career Academic: No Recipient
4. Research Excellence Award Senior Career Academic:
-Professor Dr. Sivakumar Manickam
5. Administrative Excellence Award for Academic Staff:
- Dayang Hajah Siti Asmahlati Bolkini binti Haji A. Ahmad
- Dr. Mohamed Saleem Haja Nazmudeen
6. Administrative Excellence Award for Management and Professional: No Recipient
7. Administrative Excellence Award for Administrative Support Staff:
- Awang Khairul Arifin bin Julaihi
- Awang Mohammad Nordin bin Md Din
8. Administrative Excellence Award for Technician:No Recipient
1. Teaching Excellence Award Special Mention:
- Associate Professor Dr. Md Motiar Rahman
- Dr. Bashir Suleman Abusahmin
2. Research Excellence Award Early Career Academic:
- Dr. Abdur-Rasheed Alao
- Dr. Sheik Mohammed Sulthan
- Dr. Muhamad Fahmi Adli bin Ibrahim
3. Research Excellence Award Mid Career Academic:
- Dr Awang Lim Tiong Hoo
4. Research Excellence Award Senior Career Academic: No Recipient
5. Administrative Excellence Award for Academic Staff: No Recipient
6. Administrative Excellence Award for Management and Professionals:
- Awang Haji Abdul Hafidz bin Haji Ali Hassan
7. Administrative Excellence Award for Administrative Support Staff: No Recipient
8. Administrative Excellence Award for Technician: No Recipient
The Staff Excellence Award was introduced in 2015, celebrated annually to reward the outstanding and meritorious contribution of both academic and non-academic staff to the success of the University in achieving its strategic goals.
The ceremony then continued with the Guest of Honour presenting the Graduate Excellence Awards in various categories to deserving graduates who have successfully completed their studies and excelled in their respective academic programmes.
Awards presented under the Graduate Excellence Award include the Chinese Ambassador Award; Chinese Ambassador Award for UTB School of Business Best Project and Research Project; Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd University Excellence Award; McDonald’s Brunei University Excellence Award; Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) University Excellence Award; Faculty of Engineering Petrokon Utama Sdn Bhd Best Final Year Project Award; The Authority For Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) University Excellence Award; UTB School of Business Baiduri Future Innovators Award; BIBD Best Project Award; Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd University Excellence Award; ITPSS Sdn. Bhd. University Excellence Award; Golden Corporation Sendirian Berhad University Excellence Award; Brunei Fertilizers Industries Sdn. Bhd. for UTB School of Business Best Project & Research Project Award; IMECHE-Brunei Award for Best Mechanical Engineering Graduate; IMECHE-Brunei Award for Best Mechanical Engineering Final Year Project; Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd (DST) SCI Best Project Award; Belait Shipping Company Sdn. Bhd. for UTB School of Business Excellence Award; UTB School of Business Best Project Award; Ideal Café and Grill SCI Best Student Award; Dynamik Technologies Sdn Bhd SCI Best Student Award; Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera and Arkitek (PUJA) PUJA Prestige 2023 Student Award; Jetwires Electrical and Technical Services Sdn. Bhd. University Excellence Award; School of Design Best Final Year Project Award; UTB School of Business MPC Meritorious Award; UTB School of Business Special Award; School of Computing and Informatics Most Progressive Award; UTB School of Business Most Progressive Award; and Outstanding Research Paper Award.
Sponsors of the Graduate Excellence Award include The Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam; Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad (BSP); Brunei LNG Sendirian Berhad; McDonald’s Brunei; Petrokon Utama Sendirian Berhad; Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI) of Brunei Darussalam; Baiduri Bank; Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD); Hengyi Industries Sendirian Berhad; ITPSS Sendirian Berhad; Golden Corporation Sendirian Berhad; Brunei Fertilizers Industries Sendirian Berhad; Institution of Mechanical Engineers Brunei Darussalam (IMECHE-Brunei); Shiham Sendirian Berhad; Datastream Digital Sendirian Berhad; Belait Shipping Company (Brunei) Sendirian Berhad; Takaful Brunei AM Sendirian Berhad; Ideal Food Industries Sendirian Berhad; Dynamik Technologies Sendirian Berhad; Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera dan Arkitek (PUJA); Puan Yang Terutama AR. (Arkitek) Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman; Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei Darussalam; Jetwires Trading and Electrical Services; Tuan Soon Loo; Muara Port Company Sendirian Berhad; British Computer Society; UTB School of Business; and other anonymous sponsors.
The event then continued with the presentation of the Dean’s List Award, Co-Curricular Activities Award or Student Achievement Passport (SAP) Award, and the People’s Choice Award by Yang Mulia Ir. Awang Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications.
About 52 recipients from various faculty and schools who have demonstrated commendable academic achievement in their studies received the Dean’s List Awards.
Whereas eight recipients were also awarded for Student Co-curricular Activities which includeOutstanding Life Skill Achiever, Top Religious Award (Male), Top Religious Award (Female),Sports Man of UTB, Sports Woman of UTB, Community Service, and Top Culture.
Meanwhile, eight recipients were awarded the People’s Choice Award for the UTB Project Showcase 2023.