Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) marks another milestone by being the first university in the Sultanate to be ranked among Top 150 in the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QSWUR) by Subject.
The QSWUR report revealed that UTB’s petroleum engineering subject clinched Top 101-150 and is now at 44th place in Asia, 10th place in Southeast Asia and first place in the country.
UTB was evaluated against 1,343 notable universities around the world and only the Top 150 are included in this year’s QSWUR by Subject in Petroleum Engineering.
The QSWUR by Subject for this year analysed over 13.9 million unique papers, producing close to 81 million citations. A total of 1,453 institutions ranked across 51 subjects in five subject areas, creating over 16,981 published entries. As for the 51 subjects, 4,275 institutions from 157 countries are included.
The achievement has placed UTB in the same league as other prestigious universities also ranked among the Top 150, which include University of Bradford and Royal Holloway University of London in the United Kingdom; University of Seoul in South Korea; University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates; China University of Geosciences in China; Edith Cowan University in Australia; and Aligarh Muslim University in India.
The QSWUR by Subject is measured by four metrics – academic reputation survey, employability metric based on employer reputation survey, citation per paper published over the last ﬁve years, and H-index that measures both the productivity and impact of the work published by UTB.
The academic and employer reputation surveys contribute heavily to the overall score of QSWUR by Subject.
This notable achievement indicates that academic programmes and research quality at UTB are recognised globally by international academics. This also shows the employable quality of the university’s graduates in relevant industries.
From the report, among the four measured indicators, UTB scored highest in the H-index, which measures the productivity and impact of quality published research works of the university.
According to the programme leader of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Dr Mohammad Hazwan bin Azri, this achievement is a result of having educators who are highly regarded in the field.
“Their broad knowledge helps propel our academic and research capacity towards a world-class standard. In addition to that, we have highly competent support staff and a supportive management team within UTB, which makes it much easier to achieve these global standards,” said Dr Mohammad Hazwan.
He also said that besides its people, strong partnership in the realms of education and research with major oil and gas companies in Brunei and international universities makes Petroleum engineering at UTB on a par with other global universities.
“We are fortunate and grateful to have strong ties with these entities within the local government and private sectors, as well as international establishments which have supported us on an advisory level since the inception of this programme. We ensure that our curriculum remains relevant and up-to-date, and our graduates industry-ready,” he added.
Dean of Faculty of Engineering Dr Hajah Ena Kartina binti Haji Abdul Rahman highlighted that with UTB being the key provider of engineering higher education in the country and understanding the importance of professional accreditation and its impact to the country, engineering curriculums at UTB are currently designed so that the programmes will be internationally recognised by professional engineering institutions.
“We hope to not only equip graduates with fundamental engineering knowledge, but also the skills and abilities in programming, problem solving, handling technical uncertainties, communication, teamworking, analysis and design, and working within the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental contexts, as well as developing self-learning and lifelong learning abilities,” she said.
UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman said, “Alhamdulillah, thanks to the inspiring leadership of 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 and the Chancellor of UTB, the continuous support of His Majesty’s Government and hard work of everyone at the university, UTB achieved yet another commendable milestone.
“Although the petroleum engineering programme at UTB is relatively new to the Faculty of Engineering, it has positioned itself globally. This achievement is a testament, among others, on how academia view our expertise in petroleum engineering.
“UTB Petroleum Engineers have also been engaged by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd in providing research solution to the most expensive technological problem of the nation’s oil production,” she said.