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 Chancellor of UTB makes a speech. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR
BY Izah Azahari
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 Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) on Thursday congratulated UTB as the winner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Award for Environmental Management in the Islamic World (KSAAEM), under the category of ‘Best leading practices of public-interest and non-government organisations’.
Delivering a titah on the occasion of UTB’s 7th Convocation Ceremony at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, His Majesty noted that the USD30,000 prize money from the Government of Saudi Arabia would be presented during the opening ceremony of the 8th Islamic Ministers International Conference, at the ISESCO Headquarters in Rabat.
His Majesty also congratulated UTB for reaching the 379th place in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, while stating, “This does not mean that any other higher education institutions which have yet to be ranked are among the lowest.
“The benchmark of excellence for universities is definitely not identical. Therefore, the criteria of ranking would also be different and subject to their respective policies and philosophies.”
The monarch encouraged UTB to continue its efforts towards becoming an effective global university, “befitting its characteristics as a University of Technology, as UTB has a great responsibility to prepare its graduates with the relevant skills and competencies as technology advances – even more so today, as the world is on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution.
“UTB must ensure that the programmes being offered are relevant to current needs. These programmes should not only produce graduates with competency in the latest technology, but they should also be flexible, creative and innovative, as well as able to take advantage of market demands.”
His Majesty also welcomed UTB’s plan to provide an innovation ecosystem platform aimed at enhancing the culture of innovation through curriculum, research and collaboration involving relevant agencies and competitions, while calling on government agencies, the private sector and institutions of higher learning to work together in mobilising this platform.
“In this regard, UTB also needs to improve communications with the relevant industries, which is a medium for the university to prepare its graduates with skills according to industry requirements. At the same time, these measures should also help to increase job opportunities for graduates.
“Moreover, UTB students, in addition to pursuing knowledge and skills, are also required to avoid neglecting religion and spirituality. Religion is our lifestyle, and at the same time, our identity.”
His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Pro-Chancellor of UTB was also present.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin