Breaking into the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for the first time last year in the top 1.3 percent of all universities globally, UBD continues to show remarkable progress for a young 33-year old university. UBD is now ranked 323rd in the (QS) World University Ranking and ranked 100th QS Asian University Ranking. In the QS Top 50 Under 50, UBD is placed 34th among universities founded less than 50 years ago.

The university is ranked in multiple categories including 1st in outbound and in inbound student exchange, 13th in international faculty, 15th in faculty student ratio, and 23rd in international students in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings.

Research plays an unprecedented role in improving the reputation of an academic institution. The QS University Rankings also measures research productivity as part of its rankings exercise. Since 2011, research activity at UBD has increased exponentially, with the number of papers being published growing every year and having more than tripled over the last 5 years.

Research at UBD continues to be driven by national relevance, with emphasis on innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and frameworks. Such initiatives are made possible through UBD’s active networks and engagement with industry players to ensure its research and teachings are relevant to the needs of the market.

In the last three years, UBD has filed over 40 patents through its Innovation and Enterprise Office, eight of which have been granted both in Brunei and internationally. UBD aims to leverage on its comparative niche advantages and major research projects in biodiversity, herbal medicine, halal products, Islamic governance and energy are ongoing, all of which are of particular interest nationally and are expected to have global impact.