Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) 31st Convocation Ceremony yesterday featured 1,211 graduates from the seventh batch of UBD’s GenNext undergraduate programme.
Gracing the annual ceremony was 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 Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of UBD.
Accompanying His Majesty 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 UBD.
Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, and Vice-Chancellor of UBD Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz.
The ceremony commenced with the recitation of verses of Al-Quran, followed by welcoming remarks by the Vice-Chancellor of UBD, who highlighted the several developments implemented by the university since last year’s graduation.
“Regarding the closer collaboration with relevant agencies including industries, UBD has implemented new programmes in collaboration with strategic partners, and is expected to utilise on their respective strengths in building capacity,” she said.
The UBD’s vice-chancellor also mentioned the joint collaboration between UBD and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) earlier this year, in conducting an initiatory Command and Staff Course at the university, which saw the participation of military officers from 13 countries.
“The participants will receive graduate diplomas after completing a 40-week course, and they will have the opportunity to further their studies in Master of Defence and Security Studies,” she said.
She added, “UBD has introduced a new scheme of academic placement at top international universities. The schemes directly contribute to the development of local academic capacity.”
The UBD’s vice-chancellor said the university launched five new research groups in the areas of medicinal herbology, sensor technology, catalysis, tourism and international and comparative education.
“UBD, with its vision and mission, is committed to strengthening and enhancing quality in education. Through its research and services, UBD has attained the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification, an internationally recognised certification that ensures the quality of the organisation’s products and services,” she said.
This year’s Convocation Ceremony featured 29 PhD graduates, 199 Master’s Degree holders, 964 Bachelor’s Degree graduates and 19 Diploma recipients.
A total of 736 students received their graduation certificates for PhD and Bachelor’s Degree (Arts and Science) programmes during the morning session, while 475 received their certificates for Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree (Health Science, Engineering and Business) and Diploma programmes in the afternoon session.
Later, His Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah toured a special exhibition on UBD’s research findings, before interacting with the new graduates and their parents.
Earlier this year, UBD went up 25 spots in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, after being placed at 298.
Having been acknowledged as a ‘Very High Research Intensive’ university by QS, it now stands among the top 300 universities in the world, following positive and consistent performances over the years.