Assalamualaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Welcome to Universiti Teknologi Brunei.
Welcome back everyone! We have transitioned to the New Normal but we are still mindful of COVID-19 and are still exercising SOP. The COVID-19 has its pros and cons but mostly pros as COVID-19 presented a great opportunity for us to quickly adapt and make necessary adjustments according to the changes during this time, and to strategise well in ensuring that the university could continue to operate and still produce a high-quality experience for both staff and students.
Alhamdulillah, the teaching and learning in the new semester will be conducted face to face. We look forward to welcome new and current students. On 18th July 2022, we welcomed 519 undergraduate and 236 postgraduate students to UTB. The had their orientation week from 18th to 21st July 2022.
Please allow me to introduce Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB in short) first, UTB is an Engineering and Technological University in Negara Brunei Darussalam. It was first established in 1986 as an Institut Teknologi Brunei and upgraded to a university status in 2008 before it changes its name to the present one in 2016. We are a small university under 50 years of age, with about 1,500 students, 143 academic staff and 120 support staff. (263 staff in total)]. UTB has six academic Faculty, Schools and Centre in Engineering, Business, Computing and Informatics, Applied Sciences and Mathematics, Design, Communication, Teaching and Learning, and three research centres in transport, innovative engineering and Agri-food science and technology.
Our Mission is to nurture socially responsible talents committed to building a global and entrepreneurial society in pursuit of innovation and industry-relevant capabilities which supports Brunei’s Vision 2035. UTB aspires to fulfill its vision by being “A Global University Impacting Society”. Alhamdulillah, I am pleased to say that UTB has indeed made great progress over the years and continues to rise in the global rankings. Currently we are ranked at the 340th place in the QS World University Rankings and in 2021, for the first time in history, we received the full 5-star ratings in 8 categories including B.Eng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering for programme strength, thus placing UTB among the 15 universities in the world and the only university in Southeast Asia to receive the prestigious QS 5-Star Plus rating for an outstanding university. Our Petroleum Engineering programme is also in the top 101-150 of QSWUR Subject Ranking. This recognition acknowledges our research excellence, teaching quality, globalization experience for students and capacity for nurturing student talent.
In 2021, UTB became the first university in Brunei Darussalam to introduce the 3-Year Degree Progamme for all Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree programmes, all Bachelor of Sciences (Honours) degree programmes at the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI), School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics (SASM), School of Design (SDe) and Centre for Communication, Teaching and Learning (CCTL). Only Engineering remain as a 4-year programme. This is part of our effort to make our graduates more competitive in the job market. I hope you will choose UTB and it is definitely the BEST university to embark on your academic journey that will define your future career.
Lastly, I would like to emphasise that producing marketable graduates is still the most important agenda of our university. Our curriculum has to remain dynamic, strategic and at par with world’s best practices in order to meet the demands of global job market. While at UTB, they will be able to develop a range of attributes and skills for life and work. Insya’Allah, our graduates will become integral part of our nation’s growth and development.
Wabillahi Taufik Wahidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Datin Paduka Professor Dr Dayang Hjh Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman
21 Zulhijjah 1443H/21 July 2022