UBD in the COVID-19 Phase

COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam is an evolving situation with extraordinary challenges for our staff and students since 2020. Although the campus remains open and services have resumed with minimal restrictions since August 2022, the University continues to take precautionary measures to minimise the potential pathways for community spread of the Coronavirus, guided by national instructions and restrictions..

The University is also continuously reviewing the progress and development of online learning to look into the best ways to support the delivery and achieving our learning objectives.


OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

Within three days of the first positive COVID-19 case in Brunei Darussalam, we had set all lectures and tutorials to be conducted online, thus minimising face-to-face and big group interactions. This was further extended to the examinations at the end of the Semester.

On-campus student services were also reverted to online arrangements especially counter services. The UBD Library remained open on a revised schedule for certain essential services only, other services were made available online.

General Measures

The UBD Community is strongly advised to observe the following general measures:

  • Apply and observe the preventative measures and guidelines that have been issued by the Ministry of Health such as: -
    1. Observe good personal hygiene
    2. Practice frequent hand washing with soap and clean water or use the hand sanitizer
    3. Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately
    4. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness
    5. Avoid visiting people who are unwell if you are feeling unwell
    6. Seek immediate medical attention if you are feeling unwell
    7. Always be aware of where you have been and who you have interacted with
    8. To abide by the Ministry of Health's Press Releases and the Prime Minister's Office circulars that are in effect
  • Refrain from coming onto campus if you are not feeling well, presenting symptoms of the flu. Please inform your direct supervisor / lecturer immediately and apply for CSDS or MC (for staff) or Absence from lectures (for students).
  • Face masks are no longer required to be worn inside and outside premises. However, staff and students may continue to wear face masks as a personal preference.

For further information:

UBD COVID-19 Hotline
+673-8801000
Email: office.registrar@ubd.edu.bn

Ministry of Health Hotline
148
www.moh.gov.bn


COVID-19 UPDATES

Endemic Phase: Semester 1, 2022/2023 (effective from 15 September 2022)

  • Teaching sessions including lectures, tutorials, practical or laboratory and clinical sessions will be conducted in Blended Learning mode. Modules will be delivered by face-to-face teaching and online teaching sessions as determined by your respective lecturers.
  • 100% capacity of the teaching venue is allowed.
  • Examinations be conducted in physical mode.
  • Dine-in allowed at canteens and eateries on campus.
  • Counter services will be open at full capacity with strict adherence to the SOP in effect.
  • 100% capacity attendance for staff, regardless of vaccination status. Work-From-Home (WFH) no longer applies.
  • Staff and students are no longer required to do weekly ART.
  • Staff and students with Red BruHealth code will continue to come to work/teaching sessions during the quarantine period, subject to a negative ART test on every day of the quarantine, before coming onto campus.

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell.
  • Face masks are no longer required to be worn inside and outside premises. However, staff and students may continue to wear face masks as a personal preference.

Staff and students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

  • Teaching sessions including lectures, tutorials, practical or laboratory and clinical sessions will be conducted in Blended Learning mode. Modules will be delivered by face-to-face teaching and online teaching sessions as determined by your respective lecturers.
  • 100% capacity of the teaching venue is allowed.
  • Examinations be conducted in physical mode.
  • Dine-in allowed at canteens and eateries on campus.
  • Counter services will be open at full capacity with strict adherence to the SOP in effect.
  • 100% capacity attendance for staff, regardless of vaccination status. Work-From-Home (WFH) no longer applies.
  • UBD staff will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.
  • Students coming onto campus will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.
  • Staff and students with Red BruHealth code will continue to come to work/teaching sessions during the quarantine period, subject to a negative ART test on every day of the quarantine, before coming onto campus.

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places

Staff and students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

  • Lectures will be delivered online.
  • Activities that require physical presence or face-to-face interaction will be controlled and limited. 100% capacity of the teaching venue is allowed.
  • Written examinations will be conducted online. Special consideration for on-site examination requests with strong justification.
  • Dine-in allowed at canteens and eateries on campus.
  • Counter services will be open at full capacity with strict adherence to the SOP in effect.
  • 100% capacity attendance for staff, regardless of vaccination status. Work-From-Home (WFH) no longer applies.
  • UBD staff will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.
  • Students coming onto campus will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.
  • Staff with Red BruHealth code will continue to come to work during the quarantine period, subject to a negative ART test on every day of the quarantine, before coming onto campus.

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed on campus
  • Temperature screening points at various locations
  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell
  • Scan QR code using Bruhealth application when entering and leaving any public premises
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places

Staff and students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

  • Lectures will be delivered online.
  • Activities that require physical presence or face-to-face interaction will be controlled and limited. This includes lectures for class sizes of 100 students, tutorials, problem-based learning sessions, practical, laboratory sessions, and clinical sessions.
  • Face-to-face sessions will be held in identified teaching rooms and spaces, complete with their own premise QR code, a capacity notice and will be regularly cleaned. Rooms that have not been identified for use will be closed/locked.
  • Written examinations will be conducted online. Special consideration for on-site examination requests with strong justification.
  • Online submission of academic requirements.
  • No changes to the academic calendar.
  • Discovery Year will proceed with the four activities – SAP, internship, incubation, and community outreach. Students who have opted for overseas placements for SAP and internship are required to get insurance that includes cover for COVID-19 and travel will be subjected to advice from the Prime Minister’s Office. Students on local internship will follow the requirements and standard operating procedures of the host agencies.
  • Dine-in allowed at canteens and eateries on campus.
  • UBD Library closed outside of normal office hours. Physical library services limited to picking up and returning of borrowed books only. It is advisable to engage the library's online services.
  • Other support and administration-related services are available through online means as prescribed by the individual offices.
  • UBD staff will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.
  • Students coming onto campus will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed on campus
  • Temperature screening points at various locations
  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell
  • Scan QR code using Bruhealth application when entering and leaving any public premises
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places

Staff and students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

  • Lectures will be delivered online.
  • Activities that require physical presence or face-to-face interaction will be controlled and limited. This includes lectures for class sizes of 100 students, tutorials, problem-based learning sessions, practical, laboratory sessions, and clinical sessions.
  • Face-to-face sessions will be held in identified teaching rooms and spaces, complete with their own premise QR code, a capacity notice and will be regularly cleaned. Rooms that have not been identified for use will be closed/locked.
  • Written examinations will be conducted online. Special consideration for on-site examination requests with strong justification.
  • Online submission of academic requirements.
  • No changes to the academic calendar.
  • Discovery Year will proceed with the four activities – SAP, internship, incubation, and community outreach. Students who have opted for overseas placements for SAP and internship are required to get insurance that includes cover for COVID-19 and travel will be subjected to advice from the Prime Minister’s Office. Students on local internship will follow the requirements and standard operating procedures of the host agencies.
  • Dine-in allowed at canteens and eateries on campus.
  • UBD Library closed outside of normal office hours. Physical library services limited to picking up and returning of borrowed books only. It is advisable to engage the library's online services.
  • Other support and administration-related services are available through online means as prescribed by the individual offices.
  • UBD staff will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.
  • Students coming onto campus will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed on campus
  • Temperature screening points at various locations
  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell
  • Scan QR code using Bruhealth application when entering and leaving any public premises
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places

Staff and students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

  • Entering the start of the new semester, UBD has prepared the campus for the return of our students after the semester break, aligned with the instructions and guidelines of Brunei Darussalam's current early endemic phase. Structured blended learning will continue as our new normal mode of delivery where students will experience both online and physical classes.
  • Lectures will be delivered online.
  • Activities that require physical presence or face-to-face interaction will be controlled and limited. This includes lectures for class sizes of less than 75 students (available from the 2nd week of semester onwards), tutorials, problem-based learning sessions, practical, laboratory sessions, and clinical sessions.
  • Face-to-face sessions will be held in identified teaching rooms and spaces, complete with their own premise QR code, a capacity notice and will be regularly cleaned. Rooms that have not been identified for use will be closed/locked.
  • Written examinations will be conducted online. Special consideration for on-site examination requests with strong justification.
  • Online submission of academic requirements.
  • No changes to the academic calendar.
  • Discovery Year will proceed with the four activities – SAP, internship, incubation, and community outreach. Students who have opted for overseas placements for SAP and internship are required to get insurance that includes cover for COVID-19 and travel will be subjected to advice from the Prime Minister’s Office. Students on local internship will follow the requirements and standard operating procedures of the host agencies including ART every 2 weeks supplied by the host agencies.All canteens and eateries on campus are either closed or operate on take-away and delivery basis.
  • UBD Library closed outside of normal office hours. Physical library services limited to picking up and returning of borrowed books only. It is advisable to engage the library's online services.
  • Other support and administration-related services are available through online means as prescribed by the individual offices.
  • UBD staff will be required do ART every fortnightly on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus. *This is changed to weekly ART with effect from 21 March 2022.
  • Students coming onto campus will be required do ART every week on a Monday and submit their results to the link provided before coming onto campus.

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed on campus * Staff allowed to come to work regardless of vaccination status with effect from 2 April 2022
  • Temperature screening points at various locations
  • at all times
  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell
  • Scan QR code using Bruhealth application when entering and leaving any public premises
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places

Staff and students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

Following the directives and advice from the Ministry of Health and in support of the Ministry of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam has activated its Business Continuity plan (BCP) and adopted the following actions and precautionary measures to minimize potential pathways for community spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  • All lectures and tutorials revert to online platforms to minimize face-to-face interactions on campus.
  • Online submission of academic requirements.
  • No physical laboratory, practical classes or clinical sessions. Faculties, institutes and centres will ensure that attendance at any one time in a particular teaching venue is done in a staggered/cohorted manner, observing the guidelines on hygiene and physical distancing set by the Ministry of Health.
  • Local Discovery Year activities to be conducted from home through online platforms. Some exceptions may be made for students on national voluntary work whereby they will adhere to BCP requirements of hosting agencies.
  • Students staying at the Residential Colleges may have the option of staying on campus. Students to observe precautionary measures such as not dining-in at canteens, staying in their own rooms and avoiding big groups.
  • All canteens and eateries on campus are either closed or operate on take-away and delivery basis.
  • UBD Library closed outside of normal office hours. Physical library services limited to picking up and returning of borrowed books only. It is advisable to engage the library's online services.
  • With effective online alternatives and drop boxes in place, counters at Student Central and the International Student Office will continue to remain closed until further notice.
  • Payment counter services are closed. Payments can be made via Internet banking and cash/cheque deposit machine.
  • UBD Central Store is closed. Submit requests via email and the procurement team will attend to them within 2-3 working days.
  • UBD staff will be required to work on campus in a staggered manner. Special consideration is given to staff who are vulnerable, with the following conditions: pregnant, have pre-existing or high risk medical conditions, or elderly (aged 60 and above).

Standard COVID-19 precautionary measures will be employed throughout the campus which include:

  • Temperature screening points at various locations
  • Limited access to buildings
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places
  • Stay at home and seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell
  • Scan QR code using Bruhealth application when entering and leaving any public premises
  • Get vaccinated
  • Face masks are required indoors and outdoors especially in crowded places

Students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

I trust that all of you are staying safe. As we approach the start of the new semester this August, UBD is aligning with the country’s de-escalation plan, and is now in Operational Readiness Level 4. Insya Allah in the coming week, UBD will welcome the new intake of students for August 2020/2021 intake and the UBD Freshers Week will be held on virtual mode for four days from 27 – 30 August 2020. In the context of UBD’s delivery of teaching and learning, I would like to share the measures that we have put in place with effect from Monday, 27 July 2020 in anticipation of the new semester as follows: -

  • Restructured blended learning mode where students will experience both online and physical classes
  • All lectures will continue to be delivered online
  • Face-to-face lessons / interactions for tutorials, practicals, laboratory sessions and clinical sessions on campus in the assigned teaching venues / rooms
  • Discovery Year activities will still be limited to those conducted in Brunei Darussalam
  • There will be no changes to the academic calendar

On the UBD facilities and services, the following are the measures put in place:

  • The University Library continues to operate as per the current schedule with online and limited on-site services offered. From 3 August 2020, University Library will open from 8:00 am until 9.00pm. In addition, visitor numbers at one time should not exceed 200 persons at any one given time.
  • Other student-related services are available through emails and online means as prescribed by the individual offices.
  • The University Mosque and prayer rooms (surau) on campus is open for prayers at normal capacity as per the latest guidelines with effect from 3 August 2020.
  • University accommodation will start to operate with full capacity with effect from 27 July 2020.

Students are reminded to continue observing and practising the precautionary measures that are already in place prescribed by the Ministry of Health for your safety and well-being and of those around you.

  • Resume face-to-face lessons and practical/clinical sessions except lectures (online lectures).
  • UBD Library will continue to operate at its current schedule with online and limited on-site services offered. Visitor numbers will be limited to 200 with a maximum of 3 hours stay.
  • Limited extra-curricular activities (ECA) and social activities and functions are allowed based on the easing of the mass gathering restrictions.
  • UBD Sports Complex remains closed until further notice.
  • As we are currently on the Semester Break, student attendance on-campus is expected to be minimal. However all UBD community are reminded to abide by the guidelines in place.
  • Face-to-face lessons will resume, in addition the practical/clinical sessions that are already taking place on campus, except for lectures. Such face-to-face lessons include tutorials and small discussion groups.
  • Faculties, institutes and centres will ensure that attendance at any one time in a particular teaching venue does not exceed 40% of the room capacity.
  • UBD Library will continue to operate at its current schedule with online and limited on-site services offered. Visitor numbers will be limited to 40% of the library capacity.
  • With effective online alternatives and drop boxes in place, counters at Student Central and the International Student Office will continue to remain closed until further notice.
  • Limited local internship activities for Discovery Year.
  • Face-to-face practical/clinical sessions only for graduate students.
  • Faculties, institutes and centres will ensure that attendance at any one time in a particular teaching venue does not exceed 30% of the room capacity.
  • Online examinations at the end of the semester.
  • UBD Library will continue to operate at its current schedule with online and limited on-site services offered. Visitor numbers will be limited to 30% of the library capacity.
  • With effective online alternatives and drop boxes in place, counters at Student Central and the International Student Office will continue to remain closed until further notice.
  • Limited local internship activities for Discovery Year.
  • All lectures and tutorials to transition to online platforms for the remaining of the semester to minimize face-to-face interactions on campus.
  • Online submission of academic requirements.
  • Limited practical and clinical sessions. Faculties, institutes and centres will ensure that attendance at any one time in a particular teaching venue is done in a staggered/cohorted manner, observing the guidelines on hygiene and physical distancing set by the Ministry of Health.
  • Local Discovery Year activities put on hold and students recalled.
  • UBD Library closed outside of normal office hours with online and limited on-site services offered.
  • With effective online alternatives and drop boxes in place, counters at Student Central and the International Student Office will continue to remain closed until further notice.