Universiti Brunei Darussalam recently held the UBD Staff Excellence Award Presentation Ceremony 2021 at the Tarindak D'Polo Restaurant to recognize the excellent achievements of the awardees in teaching and learning, leadership and administration of the University, thus contributing towards the university's continuous pursuit for education and research excellence. Present as the guest of honor was the Vice Chancellor, Dr Hazri bin Hj Kifle.
In his speech, Dr Hazri addressed that "the pandemic has revealed a multifaceted challenge and opportunities that bring forth adaptive and transformative leadership, in managing crisis and change". Not only the award recipients, but everyone in UBD "have shown resilience, innovativeness and dynamism that have inspired new ways of teaching and learning, conducive working environment, and effective utilization of resources in UBD".
Citing the recent achievements of UBD in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings and QS World Ranking, he called for staff not to be complacent and to keep on evolving with the changing landscape and uncertainty of the future for universities, emphasizing on skills development, lifelong learning and the needs of our students and stakeholders. He also highlighted that "UBD must not be detached from the world of works and that our curriculum needs to be flexible", focusing on collaborations and opportunities for creating other career and skills development pathways through alternative credentials and certifications. This, hence, calls for rethinking and reimagining of UBD's position and strategy, bearing in mind the many different expectations of the various stakeholders and the need to reconcile those expectations in order to remain relevant and impactful to the country and meeting the aspirations of Wawasan Brunei 2035, guided by the values of Malay Islamic Monarchy.
The awards were presented to the UBD staff in various categories:
Each recipient was awarded with B$2,000 in cash, award commemorative plaque and award certificate.
The event was attended by the senior management of UBD, principal officers, deputies and programme leaders and officers of UBD.
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