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UTB supporting ongoing sustainability drive

Lyna Mohamad

Innovation is key to the Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award 2023, and the theme, ‘Innovations for Sustainable Development Goals’ promotes innovations based on the 17 SDG elements that will contribute towards the benefit of the social, environmental conservation and economic prosperity, to better protect the natural foundations of life and our planet for everyone, as well as preserving people’s opportunities to live in dignity and prosperity across the generations.

This was said by Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2023 Executive Committee Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman during the launch of the event yesterday.

“UTB has been giving support to SDG elements through various ongoing research collaborations with the government and industries, such as SDG 11 on ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ with a research on relay station network based on low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies for disaster management by the Centre for Innovative Engineering (CIE), SDG 12 on ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ through a research on the development of biodegradable food packaging and food waste management by the Centre for Research and Agrifood Science and Technology (CrAFT), and SDG 13 on ‘Climate Action’ through a research on tidal energy resources in Brunei’s water,” Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah said.

UTB, she added, also incorporates SDG-related topics into the curriculum to create understanding and awareness among the students.

“Since 2015, the CIPTA competition has been extended to ASEAN member states in order to promote ingenuities not only among Bruneians, but throughout the region.

“This year’s event will be the 5th CIPTA competition to welcome participants from ASEAN to showcase their creations and innovations,” she said.

The vice-chancellor also expressed her appreciation to Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd for its continuous support and partnership in co-organising the event, which paves a path towards sustainability by promoting and encouraging innovation and creativity in the Sultanate.

UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR