His Majesty graces UTB convocation

Aziz Idris

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 Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), consented to officiate the 8th UTB Convocation Ceremony at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas yesterday.

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 the Pro-Chancellor of UTB.

Upon arrival, His Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah were greeted by Minister of Education and Chairman of the UTB Council Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, and the Registrar and Secretary of UTB Lim Chui Hua.

His Majesty then consented to launch the Writing of the Mushaf Universiti Teknologi Brunei by inscribing ‘Basmalah’ on the Ummul Kitab. This was followed by the call of ‘Allahu Akbar’ three times at the Royal Lounge of the ICC.

The Mushaf will become the ceremonial mace of UTB during the university’s convocation ceremony.

Shortly after, His Majesty took a closer look at the design of the Mushaf Universiti Teknologi Brunei showcased at the event. The design adheres to the concept of ‘Kebruneian’, the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) and engineering.

The 8th UTB Convocation Ceremony commenced with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

ABOVE & BELOW: 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 Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB); and His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Pro-Chancellor of UTB arrive at the 8th UTB Convocation Ceremony; and His Majesty presents a certificate to a graduate. PHOTOS: INFOFOTO & BAHYIAH BAKIR

His Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah tour the Mushaf exhibit

The Procession of the Chancellor into the Plenary Hall then followed, led by the mace-bearer holding aloft the Mushaf Al-Quran.

Verses 11-13 from Surah At-Taghabun in Al-Quran were recited by Haji Muhammad Adam bin Haji Rosli, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering graduate.

UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah in her welcoming speech said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 the most challenging year. However, UTB has turned it into a strategic advantage by changing the programmes into blended learning.

“Alhamdulillah, even in the new norm for graduates, their learning is not affected; they have been well prepared for the more challenging post-university world.

“The same applies to UTB’s bilateral activities, and one of them being the collaboration between UTB and Huawei for the establishment of Huawei ICT Academy at UTB.

“The objective of the collaboration is to develop an ecosystem of talents and enhance the development of the ICT industry in Brunei Darussalam.”

His Majesty then delivered a titah conferring the Doctor of Philosophy, Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree to recipients listed in the Convocation Book. This was immediately followed by the call of ‘Allahu Akbar, Wa Lillah il Ham’ by the graduates and other attendees.

His Majesty then consented to present Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) to two graduates, Master’s Degree to 89 graduates and Bachelor’s Degree to 216 graduates.

This year marked the first cohort of Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, Master of Science (By Research) in Creative Computing, and Masters of Science (By Research) in Food and Science Technology graduates.

UTB currently offers 24 undergraduate degrees, including its part-time programmes and 22 Master’s Degrees and PhD programmes. To date, UTB has produced over 5,141 BDTVEC HND, 295 Higher National Diploma Level 5, 1,926 undergraduates, 287 postgraduates and two PhD graduates.