University with mission to produce quality students

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) said its ethos are based on the ideas of effective instructions, hands-on approach and industry-based programmes, which equips students with pertinent knowledge and expertise to help excel in life after graduation.

The guiding principle has helped the university produce graduates that are highly marketable and valued by local employers and international organisations, the university stated in a press release yesterday.

The graduates are equipped with entrepreneurial skills to lead their own business.

According to the UTB Career Guidance Unit surveys on the employability rate of UTB graduates, the employability rate for 2020 is 72 per cent, an improvement of 12.5 per cent from 59.5 per cent recorded in 2019.

The graduates have been actively engaged in career development activities by attending career talks from industry partners, career clinics or workshops and dialogue sessions organised by the university, according to UTB Career Guidance Officer Hajah Halimah binti Dato Haji Mohd Kassim.

Solutions analyst and techie Muhammad Amin bin Haji Fauzul, who graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Computing, said the university emphasises on independent learning, creative thinking and problem-solving skills fostered through interactive learning beyond classroom. This helped him compete with graduates from other universities when securing a job in information technology (IT) as the job market demands those with practical experiences and knowledge in various areas.

Despite the saturated job market, Muhammad Amin was offered a job by a major telco company before his graduation. He was able to hone his skills and knowledge at UTB where his lecturers shaped him into the person that he is today.

Izzati Shamina binti Sufri and husband pose infront of their restaurant, Soto Hj Tuah. PHOTOS: UTB
BSP employees and twins Abdul Harith bin Abdul Wahab and Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Wahab

“My lecturers have been role models for me with their excellent work ethics and always going beyond their call of duty to provide me with guidance and support,” said the Vice-Chancellor’s Award recipient.

Muhammad Amin also shared his thoughts on how to be successful while studying. “Staying positive, setting achievable goals, and investing time and resources to achieve that goals are very important. When faced with difficulties, one must look for things that may be of interest and look at it from a different perspective, thus making the learning process easier and fun.”

Blood is definitely thicker than water for twins Abdul Harith bin Abdul Wahab and Abdul Hafiz bin Abdul Wahab, as both are inseparable – from obtaining their degree from the same university to landing their dream job together at Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP).

The duo joined numerous co-curricular activities and competitions together during their studies including Shell Eco Marathon Asia, Student Body Council for Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Dodgeball team and more.

“By being active in co-curricular activities, that normally involve teamwork helped us in developing social skills as well as a better sense of responsibility when handling projects or making team decisions,” said the twins.

Having completed his undergraduate degree in mechatronic engineering in 2019, Abdul Hafiz immediately landed a job at a private company in the energy sector for a year, before deciding to work for BSP.

“The basics in control and automation that I picked up during my time at UTB helps me in my day-to-day tasks in making sure the field instruments are working properly to maintain process safety,” he said.

Other than his academic studies, he is grateful that UTB has taught and trained him to be a flexible individual prior to facing challenges in the real world.

Fuelled by his passion for learning, Abdul Harith pursued further studies to obtain his Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering last year at UTB. He felt lucky to having been able to participate in the Shell Eco Marathon Asia representing UTB and Brunei for two years in a row when he took Bachelor and Master’s degrees at UTB.

“Having this additional commitment of representing the university and Brunei on my crucial years of study had made me resilient as well as improved my time management and decision making skills,” he added.

Working together under the same roof has brought a healthy competition between the twins, bringing out the best in each other.

“We are excited to see how far we both can go on this journey, as we are the fuel source for each other to strive for success as well as to provide support when things are not going well.”

Following her grandfather’s footsteps, Izzati Shamina binti Sufri was on a mission to rebuild her grandfather’s signature soto, Soto Hj Tuah.

During her second year undertaking Bachelor of Business in Applied Economics and Finance at UTB, Izzati was ready to take the leap in opening her first branch.

“Studying marketing, economics, business law, finance and communication at UTB was a transformative experience for me by allowing me to apply knowledge and skills when running a business. I wouldn’t go far without what I have learned from UTB,” she said.

During Izzati’s attachment under UTB’s industrial placement programme ExperiencePLUS, the entrepreneur requested to be attached at her own restaurant to focus on growing her business.

With a positive attitude, she opened her second branch right after her graduation in 2018. “Fun fact about my restaurant – I used my monthly allowances to buy the tables,” she said.

Now heading three branches with her husband, she hopes to expand her grandfather’s legacy and diversify to other businesses.

“UTB has shaped me to be an entrepreneur. I have gained experience and patience through hard work,” said Izzati.