| Wani Roslan |
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) yesterday consented to award 416 graduates with Bachelor’s Degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) at the ITB Convocation 2014 ceremony which was held at the Plenary Hall of International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
Also present was His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Pro-Chancellor of ITB.
His Majesty awarded Bachelor’s Degrees to 66 graduates from the second intake of ITB’s four undergraduate degree programmes, namely Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Technology, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Internet Computing, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Communication Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.
His Majesty also consented to award 350 graduates of Intake 27 from 13 BDTVEC (Brunei Darussalam Technical and Vocational Education Council) HND Programmes in Engineering, Business and Computing.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education and Chairman of the ITB Council, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Acting Vice-Chancellor of ITB and Jennifer Hiew-Lim, the Registrar and Secretary of ITB.
Soon after the arrival of His Majesty, a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah was read by Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz (Dr) Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.
The grand procession of the Chancellor then followed with the Bentara bearing the Mushaf Al-Quran leading the royal entourage.
The convocation ceremony then continued with the recitation of verses from the Al-Quran, Surah Al-Anbiya’, verses 78 to 84, by Awangku Muhammad Hafizul ‘Ilmi bin Pengiran Haji Marjuki, an undergraduate from the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Communication Engineering programme.
Muhd Hazwan bin Hj Abdul Latif, an undergraduate in the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering programme read the meaning of the verses in English.
In her remarks, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah highlighted the progress made by ITB since the last convocation.
“The number of enrollment at ITB has increased by 48 per cent and the new infrastructure in phase 3 will help accommodate more students. I will continuously put the efforts to make ITB campus conducive for the students through enhancing the learning space and providing advanced information technology facilities,” she said.
She also pointed out that the desire of ITB is not only to produce 360-degree-graduates with better knowledge in academics but also to strengthen themselves with other skills which make them different from other graduates.
“All of these are assets that make the graduates to be more marketable and employable in local and international markets. It also reflects the image of ITB as a centre of knowledge development and a research institution to produce quality graduates with Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) values and committed to be responsible to the community,” she added.
She also underlined the importance of research at ITB and stated that the total amount of research grants from Brunei Research Council has increased by 300 per cent and that ITB is a research partner with government agencies and industries from abroad.
The ceremony then continued with a titah delivered by His Majesty. Before leaving the ceremony, His Majesty was greeted by hundreds of ITB graduates who took the opportunity to pose for photos with the benevolent monarch.
ITB is an engineering and technology university in Brunei Darussalam that specialises in the niche areas of engineering, business and computing. It was established as a higher learning institution in 1986 offering BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council, United Kingdom) Higher National Diploma programmes in Engineering, Business and Computing.
ITB was upgraded to a university on October 18, 2008 and since then, tremendous developments have taken place including the expansion of its academic programmes portfolio, establishment of strategic partnerships with industries and universities and introduction of the programmes accredited by professional bodies.
ITB continues to take pride in maintaining its successful hands-on approach in teaching and learning, and also the relevancy of its curricula to the needs of the industry. Today, ITB is home to about 2,273 students and 140 academic staff, and to date, ITB has produced 4,483 HND and 130 degree graduates.