UTB climbs rankings ladder

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is now ranked at the 350th place in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021 (QSWUR 2021), up 29 spots from 379 last year, a press release stated.

This is the second consecutive year in which UTB has risen on the QSWUR ladder since its first appearance in the QSWUR 2019. Since then, UTB moved up 92 places. According to the QS reports, over the three considered years, UTB moved up twice and did not present negative overall performances.

Other universities also making Top 350 include University of Utah and Yeshiva University in the United States, SOAS University of London and City, University of London in the United Kingdom, Hiroshima University in Japan, Ewha Womans University in South Korea and American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. This indicates UTB is on par with other outstanding international universities.

In the QSWUR 2021 Edition, UTB was screened and evaluated against other prestigious international institutions worldwide where 1,604 institutions from 93 countries met the criteria and qualified to be in the ranking. Only 1,002 institutions were published in QSWUR 2021 this year.

The participating institutions were assessed based on six performance indicators including its strengths in Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty-Student Ratio, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty Ratio, and International Students Ratio.

The ranking shows that UTB is among the top 30 per cent in the QSWUR. According to the report from QS, UTB performed particularly well in the Faculty-Student Ratio. At 79 globally, the Faculty-Student ratio has moved up 29 places which makes it the strongest indicator for UTB this year with a score of 91.5 per cent.

UTB has also scored the highest in the International Faculty Ratio with 99.3 per cent which measures the proportion of non-local faculty at an institution. These show the university’s continuous commitment towards providing its students high-quality teaching and learning that have diverse international perspectives as well as its attractiveness to academic staff internationally. Other improved indicators for UTB this year also include Academic Reputation and Citations per Faculty Ratio. According to the statistics, there is a significant increase in the number of international academics recognising research works conducted by the university by 10 per cent. This is reflected in the number of citations referenced in Scopus index that has shown an increase of 25 per cent over the last five years.

In the 2020 edition of the QS Asia University Rankings, UTB is ranked at 137, making UTB among the top 150 universities in Asia and the top 25 per cent among 500 institutions evaluated across the continent. UTB is also the only university in the country rated Five Star by the QS.

With UTB’s notable performance in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, UTB will continue to maintain the momentum and strive towards accomplishing its vision to become ‘A Global University Impacting Society’. UTB is also on track in positioning itself as a university of global calibre and continue to attract talented students and scholars from the country and internationally.

Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman shared her delight, “Alhamdulillah, I am very grateful to 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 UTB for his strong leadership and vision in developing and enhancing STEM education in the country. I also thank the Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman and UTB Council for their continued trust, encouragement, and support for UTB. This achievement presents significant milestones and serve as recognition of our ability to make a global impact on the higher education.”