Academics urged to embrace innovation

|    Danial Norjidi    |

ACADEMICS at universities must be prepared for new challenges and at the same time embrace innovation with the rapidly changing industry environment and the evolving nature of learners, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib said.

He made these comments in his welcoming remarks at the UTB Staff Excellence Awards 2019 presentation ceremony yesterday.

The UTB Acting Vice-Chancellor said the awards ceremony was set against the backdrop of another significant achievement by the university, noting that UTB last week improved its position in the QS World University Rankings from 442nd place last year to 379th this year.

“This would not have been possible if it was not for the culture of excellence consciously inculcated over the past several years within the university,” he said.

“Students, who are now at the centre of the teaching and learning process, need to be equipped with real-world problem-solving skills with multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches.

Acting Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib speaks at the event. – DANIAL NORJIDI

“Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), simulation and big data and analytics can also potentially bring their problem-solving ability to a whole different level, creating enormous opportunities for creativity and innovation.”

He highlighted that all these make excellence in teaching and research even more relevant and crucial.

“In the university’s new strategic plan, teaching and research remain at the very heart of it and we focus our initiatives along four strategic areas: Quality Education, Independent Learners, Translational Research and Quadruple Helix Engagement.”

The UTB Acting Vice-Chancellor added that efforts are also in place to enhance governance and administrative services to support the university’s core business activities.