His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivering his titah at UTB’s 7th convocation at the ICC. Image: Infofoto

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has earned first place in the Award of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Environmental Management in the Islamic World (KSAAEM), with USD 30,000 to be awarded to the institution in the coming ministerial conference in Rabat, Morocco.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam said in a titah earlier today that the university earned the top place via its project – ‘Mitigating floods and fire hazards in forestry using IoT (Internet of Things) system in Brunei Darussalam’.

The project was entered into the award under its category for Best Non-Government Organisations’ Leading Practices.

The monarch who is also UTB’s Chancellor also shared that the university will be receiving the award at the opening ceremony of the 8th Islamic Conference for Environment Ministers held at the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (ISESCO) Headquarters in Morocco next month.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam mingling with one of the graduates at UTB’s 7th convocation at the ICC. Image: Infofoto

Besides the award, His Majesty also commended UTB for coming into the top 400 positions QS World University Rankings.

Clinching the 379th position, the Sultan encouraged the university to maintain and continue its efforts to become an effective global university.

“UTB shoulders a big responsibility in preparing its graduates with relevant skills and competencies which are in line with the current technological advancements…especially when our world today is facing the fourth industrial revolution,” the monarch said.

In this light, His Majesty urged UTB to update its programmes and ensure that graduates are not only equipped with the latest technological competencies but are also imbued with ‘flexible, creative and innovative’ mindsets that allow them to take advantage and seize opportunities from market needs.

The Sultan also welcomed the university’s plan to establish a platform to elevate innovation via education, research and collaboration that involves relevant agencies and competitions – while also encouraging both the public and private sectors to move forward with this initiative.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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