UTB welcomes students with virtual orientation

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) welcomes new Undergraduate and Postgraduate students with an online orientation, from the registration process to orientation week activities. Over 400 students registered for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, a press release stated.

This year’s orientation programme organised by the Student Affairs Office and the UTB Student Representative Council (MPPUTB) will be delivered online where new students are required to register for activities and attendance is compulsory.

Pre-recorded videos and resources including the Vice-Chancellor’s address, messages from the Assistant Vice-Chancellors as well as a virtual campus tour were uploaded for the new students.

In the Vice-Chancellor’s address, UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman shared the university’s vision – To become A Global University Impacting Society, where she highlighted the importance of contributing to the community and how the university has always been responsive to the community’s needs.

“As a student of UTB, you will have ample opportunities to give back to the community via your academic projects as well as through extra-curricular activities,” she said.

With the opportunities of making an impact locally, the Vice-Chancellor urged the students to keep pace of the events in the changing world and be globally competent. The current global world connection due to technology and the Internet requires for a certain knowledge and skills students need to have in the 21st Century.

“Investigate the world, weigh your perspectives, communicate your ideas and take action. Take a leap in crossing your borders and boundaries. This means going outside of your comfort zone,” she said.

A student watching the Vice-Chancellor’s address video. PHOTO: UTB

Students are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn and acquire new knowledge, develop soft skills, be creative, innovative, adaptable and have intellectual courage and enhance their personal attributes in profound ways that will equip them for life after university and into the workplace. Within the university, students can acquire the global experience from ExperiencePLUS and global clubs such as TedX.

Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah also encouraged students to look out for matters beyond academic for a memorable time while in UTB. “One way of building your social circle is by participating in the many exciting on-campus clubs and activities.”

There are various events throughout the year that can make campus life fun such as Club Levels, University Level as well as National Level. She emphasised the importance of attending national and the university’s functions to show their commitment and sense of belonging in UTB.

“This is where you can exercise personal-study-social life balance for a fulfilling university life experience,” said the Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah continued the address about adjusting life to the new normal. “I urge students to follow the guidelines and procedures provided by our business continuity plan (BCP) team, in ensuring safety across our UTB community. Ensure upon entering and exiting the university’s premises, to get your body temperature check, and scan the codes with BruHealth application. While on campus, maintain physical distancing of at least one metre with each other, adopt the correct coughing and sneezing etiquette, and ensure personal and hand hygiene at all times.”

The Vice-Chancellor concluded her address by thanking the Dean and staff of Student Affairs Office, President and members of MPP UTB, and the ICTC Director for their hard work to ensure the success of the orientation week to be conducted online.

Orientation activities also include a series of talks comprised motivation, counselling, religious, entrepreneurial, career guidance and Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB), briefings through a series of videos and presentation slides from faculties, schools and departments; and quizzes about the orientation were prepared.

Dean of Student Affairs Pengiran Ida Nurul-Fitri binti Pengiran Haji Kahar reminded new students to attempt the online orientation as soon as possible by gaining access and not to leave it closer to the end date of completion which is July 25. This is to ensure the system will run smoothly for all new students.

“Starting orientation in the new decade, even though online, we try to maintain the good mix of internal and external talks as well as community work and light exercise.

“This is a good practice for our new students in following instructions independently as part of entering university life,” Pengiran Ida said.

The orientation from July 6 to 25 also includes UTB 3km Virtual Walk and Run, and the Volunteer Programme.