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The Universiti Brunei Darussalam

The Universiti Brunei Darussalam is emerging as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Asia. It was established in 1985, opening its doors to the first intake of 176 students. Since then, UBD has seen an increase in the number of graduates, the introduction of new academic programmes, the enhancement of infrastructure and the development of graduate studies.

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About

Teaching and Learning
The Universiti Brunei Darussalam is guided by its four core values people, expertise, relevance and leadership. These values are used as yardsticks in the development and running of eight academic faculties, nine research institutes and six academic service centres ranging from Islamic Studies, Business, Arts, Science, Health Sciences, Asian Studies, Policy Studies, Education, Biodiversity and Integrated Technologies.
Next Generation Education

In a relatively short period of time, UBD has advanced and expanded both in academics and infrastructure, producing influential leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals.

In 2009, UBD introduced the GenNEXT programme which has a broad-based and transdisciplinary framework, providing students the flexibility to tailor their studies according to their individual learning styles. This includes UBD’s pioneering Discovery Year programme, which currently offers opportunities for its students to learn on a global platform through its partnerships with universities and institutions across six continents.
International Reputation

The Universiti Brunei Darussalam achieved top 25 in five categories in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking. In three categories, UBD is in the top 10. The university was ranked 1st in outbound student exchange, 2nd in inbound student exchange, 6th in international faculty, 14th in international students and 23rd in faculty student ratio.

Overall, UBD has jumped a dramatic 57 places from 171-180 in 2014 to 118th this year in the QS Asian University Rankings.

Lifelong Learning
The success of UBD students is not confined to the academic areas only. In fact, UBD seeks to produce holistic and well­rounded generation leaders who are guided by three principles: innovation and entrepreneurship, industry-relevant skills, and a passion for lifelong learning.

This is in line with its motto, “Ke Arah Kesempurnaan Insan” or “Towards Human Excellence”.

Research Excellence

The QS Ranking also saw the escalation of research productivity at UBD over the last five years. Being a knowledge hub of the nation, university institutions such as UBD strives to inculcate relevant knowledge and produce a good quality workforce. Thus, support from the public and private sectors are key to research excellence. This has resulted to its rise in the rankings for international academic reputation from unranked in 2014 to 129th.

The university has also seen significant progress in its research publication and output. From being unranked, UBD is now 139th in Asia for both publications per staff and citations per paper. The Arts and Humanities discipline, which was previously unranked, is now 127th in Asia. The Natural Sciences have moved from unranked to 149th, the Social Sciences from 187th to 162nd, the Life Sciences and Medicine from 201-300 to 170th, and Engineering and Technology in the 201-300 range.

Research Institutes
  • Institute of Asian Studies (IAS)
  • Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA)
  • SOAS Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS)
  • e-Government Innovation Centre (eGInC)
  • UBD | IBM Centre
  • Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER)
  • Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES)
  • Centre for Advance Research (CARe

Research

Research Excellence

The QS Ranking also saw the escalation of research productivity at UBD over the last five years. Being a knowledge hub of the nation, university institutions such as UBD strives to inculcate relevant knowledge and produce a good quality workforce. Thus, support from the public and private sectors are key to research excellence. This has resulted to its rise in the rankings for international academic reputation from unranked in 2014 to 129th.

The university has also seen significant progress in its research publication and output. From being unranked, UBD is now 139th in Asia for both publications per staff and citations per paper. The Arts and Humanities discipline, which was previously unranked, is now 127th in Asia. The Natural Sciences have moved from unranked to 149th, the Social Sciences from 187th to 162nd, the Life Sciences and Medicine from 201-300 to 170th, and Engineering and Technology in the 201-300 range.

Research Institutes
  • Institute of Asian Studies (IAS)
  • Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA)
  • SOAS Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS)
  • e-Government Innovation Centre (eGInC)
  • UBD | IBM Centre
  • Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER)
  • Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES)
  • Centre for Advance Research (CARe

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
298 25
2019
323 26
2018
349
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
401
2019
-
2018
-
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

Services

The University is committed to providing the best in facilities for the population of the institution, staff members and students. A dedicated team of experts in various departments have been trained to cater to the different needs to producing holistic and well-rounded graduates.

The different departments include:
  • University Estate
  • University Library
  • Information and Communication Technology Centre
  • Educational Technology Centre
  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Office of Safety, Health and Environment

Student Life

Brunei Darussalam, meaning The Abode of Peace, is a country that many may know as an oil-rich sultanate on the third largest island in the world, but Brunei Darussalam is much more than that. Brunei Darussalam is located on the northern shore of Borneo island, bordered by the South China Sea and the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Geographically, Brunei Darussalam is comprised of two parts, with a total area of 5,765 sq km. It is divided into 4 districts, and the capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan.

Brunei has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging year-round from between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. The population of Brunei Darussalam stands at about 400,000 67% Malay, 15% Chinese, 6% tribes indigenous to Borneo including the Iban, Dusun and Murut tribes, and 12% other. The national language is Malay (Bahasa Melayu) but English is widely spoken and is the principal language of business.

The majority of the population is concentrated in and around the capital city in the Brunei Muara district, which houses government institutions and the economic sectors of the country which are not oil and gas related. The Belait district lies in the northwest, and is the hub of the countrys oil and gas activity, which is Bruneis primary source of wealth. Brunei Darussalam is a country emerging on the world scene with exciting economic potential and unique and treasured resources, political stability, a highly educated population, and an enviable reserve of life-sustaining primary rainforest filled with rare indigenous life forms that scientists are scrutinising for their possible contribution to the world.

The current ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, is the 29th sultan in a line of royal genealogy that dates back to the 14th century. His Majesty belongs to one of the oldest continuously ruling dynasties in the world. In the 14th century, Brunei ruled much of Borneo, including Sabah and Sarawak, in an empire that stretched to the lower areas of the Philippines. The empire nourished with trade networks linking China, India, Java, Malacca, the Middle East, Spain and Portugal. This was all changed in the 17th and 18th century after a wave of internal battles, rebellion and a surge of dominating colonial influences.

Bruneis economic power went into decline and her territories were subsequently lost in a series of agreements and treaties made in the 19th century. Since the discovery of oil in 1929, however, petrodollars have revived the Bruneian economy and ushered in an era of significant development.

The standard of living and quality of life has been significantly raised, and benefits like free health care, education, housing, no income tax and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world all point towards the extent of progress in Brunei.

Despite this swift development, Brunei has managed to successfully reconcile its firmly upheld centuries-old traditions and culture with the spirit of progressiveness and modernity. While the oil and gas industry remains the backbone of the economy, a wave of diversification is rolling in to ensure that the landscape of the economy remains geared for long-term sustainability.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

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