Despite facing unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic, Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) continues to rise in the world’s leading university ranking, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR) 2022 by six places positioning the university at the 344th place, and performed among the top 27 per cent in the QSWUR 2022.
Since 2019, UTB has climbed up 98 places and moved up three times over four years without presenting negative performances.
UTB achieved this by activating their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in ensuring the continuity of their teaching and research mission, including shifting towards online and remote instructions, made possible through blended teaching and learning – a mix of face-to-face and online learning.
It has placed UTB above other international prestigious universities including Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) and George Washington University in the United States (US), Brunel University in the United Kingdom, Kazan Federal University and Ural Federal in Russia, University of Stuttgart in Germany, The Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria and UCSI University in Malaysia.
The institutions were assessed based on six performance key indicators including its strengths in academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international students ratio.
According to the QS report, UTB improved five out of the six performance indicators from the previous editions where it performed well in the faculty student ratio. At 67 globally, the ratio has moved up 12 places which makes it the strongest indicator for UTB this year with a score of 93.4 per cent.
The indicator is the ratio between the number of academic staff and number of students, reflecting UTB’s continuous commitment in providing high-quality teaching to its students.
Pleased with the accomplishment, UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman said, “Alhamdulillah, thanks to the 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, continuous support of His Majesty’s Government and hard work of everyone at the university, UTB has achieved yet another commendable milestone.
“This achievement also shows our ability to make a global impact in the higher education despite the global pandemic. UTB will continue to maintain the momentum and strive towards accomplishing its vision to become ‘A Global University Impacting Society’, Insya Allah.”
The latest edition of the QSWUR provides authoritative comparative analysis on the performance of the world’s top 1,300 universities with 145 new entrants. A total of 6,415 institutions were nominated for evaluation, 3,775 evaluated as eligible, and only 1,673 were analysed. The results also account for the distribution and performance of 14.7 million academic papers published between 2015 and 2019, and the 96 million citations received by those papers.
QS World Ranking is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds and viewed as one of the three most widely read university rankings in the world along with the Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.