Established in 1985, the University has since produced graduates with transdiciplinary knowledge and skills.
Teaching and Learning
The Universiti Brunei Darussalam is guided by its four core values; people, expertise, relevance and leadership. These values are used as yardsticks in the development and running of eight academic faculties, eight research institutes and two support centres ranging from Islamic Studies, Business, Arts, Science, Health Sciences, Asian Studies, Policy Studies, Education, Biodiversity and Integrated Technologies.
Next Generation Education
In a relatively short period of time, UBD has advanced and expanded both in academics and infrastructure, producing influential leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals.
In 2009, UBD introduced the GenNEXT programme which has a broad-based and transdisciplinary framework, providing students the flexibility to tailor their studies according to their individual learning styles. This includes UBD’s pioneering Discovery Year programme, which currently offers opportunities for its students to learn on a global platform through its partnerships with universities and institutions across six continents.
The Universiti Brunei Darussalam achieved top 20 in five categories of the QS Asian University Rankings, marking an improvement from last year’s rankings where it was top 25 in the same categories. UBD is 1st in Asia for outbound student mobility for the second year in a row, and is 3rdfor inbound exchange, 11th for international faculty, 13th for faculty student ratio, and 17th for international students. UBD scored full marks (100%) in three categories – outbound exchange students, inbound exchange students, and international faculty.
The QS University Rankings also measures research productivity as part of its rankings exercise. Since 2011, research activity at UBD has increased exponentially, with the number of papers being published growing every year and having more than tripled over the last 5 years.
Research at UBD continues to be driven by national relevance, with emphasis on innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and frameworks. Such initiatives are made possible through UBD’s active networks and engagement with industry players to ensure its research and teachings are relevant to the needs of the market.
In the last three years, UBD has filed over 40 patents through its Innovation and Enterprise Office, eight of which have been granted both in Brunei and internationally. UBD aims to leverage on its comparative niche advantages and major research projects in biodiversity, herbal medicine, halal products, Islamic governance and energy are ongoing, all of which are of particular interest nationally and are expected to have global impact.
The success of UBD students is not confined to the academic areas only. In fact, UBD seeks to produce holistic and wellrounded generation leaders who are guided by three principles: innovation and entrepreneurship, industry-relevant skills, and a passion for lifelong learning. This is in line with its motto, “Ke Arah Kesempurnaan Insan” or “Towards Human Excellence” .