| Izah Azahari |
THE fifth edition of the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Convocation Festival 2018 was officially opened yesterday.
His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Pro-Chancellor of UTB launched the event.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by Minister of Education and UTB Council Chairman Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman as well as UTB Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.
Members of the UTB Council, high commissioners, ambassadors, senior government officials, industry partners, as well as students and staff of UTB were also in attendance.
The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.
After this, His Royal Highness delivered a sabda. This was followed by the call of Takbir and a multimedia show.
His Royal Highness then proceeded to tour the newly completed School of Design Complex. The newly established School of Design is offering two new degree programmes in Architecture and Product Design. The school welcomed its first cohort of students in July 2018.
His Royal Highness next stopped by the University Shop, which retails university merchandise featuring the official UTB mascot Awang Jubli bin Emas (AJ), and toured the ‘π3ES’ Exhibition, before receiving a pesambah from the UTB Student Representative Council.
The UTB Convocation Festival is held annually to celebrate students who have completed studies to receive graduation certificates at the upcoming UTB Convocation.
A series of events are being lined up to run alongside the festival, including a Khatam Al-Quran ceremony, UTB Biggest Heroes, EKK Open Week, Bowling Competition, UTB Leadership Programme (ULP), UTB Library Book Bazaar (ULBB), Book Charity Donation and Adoption, UTB Film Festival, Mental Health Awareness Campaign, International Day of Peace, Career Clinic, and UTB Run and Cycle.
The UTB Convocation Ceremony will be held on September 29 at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.