UBDSBE Holds 3MT Competition for PhD Students

Universiti Brunei Darussalam School of Business and Economics (UBD SBE) organized its second 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on 30th March 2022 online via Zoom.

The competition aims to enhance students' communication skills where contestants compete by conveying their research to non-specialist audiences in 3 minutes. 16 PhD students from UBD SBE and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) presented compelling orations on their thesis and its significance.

Muhammad Azmi Sait, a UBD SBE student taking PhD in Management, bagged the first prize of BND1000 with his presentation on "Investigating Antecedents to e-Wallet Adoption Case: Brunei Darussalam". Edward Tee Check Hwa spoke on "Measuring the State of Information Technology Adoption of Public Sector Organizations in Brunei Darussalam" earning himself the runner up position and a BND500 cash prize. The audience also cast their votes in the People's Choice Award, which was won by Aishath Shahudha Abdulla with her speech on "Risk Dynamics and Financial Stability in Asia".

The competition was judged by UBD SBE academics, Professor Dr Ahmed Khalid, an Economics professor and head of Applied Economics and Theoretical Research Cluster in UBD SBE, Dr Nabil Almunawar, Associate Professor in the area of Management Information System and Dr Muhammad Abduh, Senior Assistant Professor in the field of Accounting and Finance as well as two Senior Assistant Professors from UTB, Dr Norihan Abu Hassan, Dean and Dr Nena Padilla- Valdez, coordinator at the Centre for Communication, Teaching, and Learning.

Dr Haji Masairol Haji Masri, Dean of UBD SBE, highlighted the popularity of 3MT in the academic world. The first 3MT was held at the University of Queensland in 2008, seeing 160 students competing. Since then, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept has grown and the competition has now been adopted in 65 countries outside Australia. UBD SBE has joined the list of institutions allowed to use the trademarked 3MT logo and brand. It hosted its first 3MT Competition in 2018, with 8 students competing.

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