Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) now ranks 86th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings. It has steadily moved up the ranks in the past years, from 105 in 2017 and 100 in 2018.
The university's mission remains to produce highly educated and well-trained graduates with the necessary skills to be industry-ready and employable, able to face the challenges in an ever-changing job market. Through the GenNEXT programme facilitated by its high-quality faculty members and a good faculty-student ratio, UBD provides a conducive environment and a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning across the faculties for the holistic development of its graduates.
In addition to maximising the on-campus experience in Brunei, UBD has also started a dual degree programme with Korea University in Biodiversity Studies and a joint Masters and PhD in Engineering with Sungkyunkwan University in the field of Smart Manufacturing Technologies and Smart Factories. These new programmes are in addition to existing partnerships, which means that more UBD students can now spend part of their education in top peer universities, gaining access to a wider network of expertise, international exposure and valuable learning experiences.
In UBD, students also develop a strong entrepreneurial mindset by taking multidisciplinary modules across the faculties. The university's Entrepreneurship Village (EV) provides training for students to learn how to fund their projects and network with industry experts. Increasing numbers of graduates are becoming full-time entrepreneurs, supported by the foundational experience and skills they have obtained from the EV. Recently UBD established the UBD Startup Centre (USC) in collaboration with alumni members as well as agencies such as Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), which provides continuous mentoring and access to resources on campus which include facilities and expertise from both local and international networks.
While UBD is now regarded as an internationally renowned research university, it continues to focus on lifelong learning via short courses made available at its Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L) and faculties which enable people who are in the workforce to reskill and upgrade while maintaining their jobs. UBD is a keen proponent of blended learning strategies to support this flexible learning structure, utilizing online resources in addition to face-to-face interaction with academic staff, allowing for students to comfortably learn from anywhere and anytime in the fields of their choosing.
"Alhamdulillah, we are pleased to see UBD continue rising up the QS Asia Rankings," UBD Vice Chancellor, Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz said. "First of all, I would like to thank His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, Chancellor of UBD for his unwavering support and vision. I would also like to acknowledge all staff, students, friends and stakeholders of UBD who have contributed to our continued rise."
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