Four hundred and fifty-one graduates from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) received their academic honours at its seventh convocation ceremony that was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
In his welcoming remarks, Acting Vice Chancellor of UTB Hj Ady Syarmin Hj Md Taib shared that the university has achieved a number of milestones, particularly those that may help resolve contemporary issues facing the world today.
He said the university has seen consistent demand in their graduate and doctoral programmes with 191 students currently undertaking their Masters and 104 students from various fields pursuing their PhDs.
“This demand indicates the availability of researchers and experts who have the potential in aiding the public and private sector in solving contemporary issues through research and development,” he said.
He added that a Bachelors programme in Petroleum Engineering will be fully offered by UTB in the next academic session 2019/2020, a four-year course which was previously conducted in partnership with the University of South Wales, Australia.
“In terms of research, the university has also restructured its research focus so that efforts are more strategic, direct, relevant and capable of making a significant impact on the society”.
The acting vice chancellor said the current six main research thrusts were; Energy, Sustainable Built Environment, Digital and Creativity, Wellness, Agrifood, and Society & Enterprise.
In light of this renewed focus on research, Hj Ady Sharmin revealed that the university had also conducted a number of significant studies under partnerships with various institutions within the ASEAN region and Japan.
These projects include AgriBKChain; a blockchain-based network for agricultural traceability and product advertising and a Relay Station Network Based on Low-power Wide-area Network (LPWAN) Technologies for Disaster Management which is funded by the ASEAN ICT Virtual Organisation (ASEAN-IVO).
With UTB employing more technological aspects in their courses to meet the rapidly changing market demands brought forth by the fourth Industrial revolution, graduates believed that they are well prepared to enter the unpredictable job market.
Syahnor Farhana Hj Sahlehi, 24, said that through their courses UTB has taken heed of how aggressively the world is heading towards the fourth industrial revolution.
As a degree student in Marketing and Information Systems, Syahnor believed that the melding of two different disciplines – business and IT – has helped her be adaptive to any working environment, especially those that have imbued technology into their core business.
Ebrahim Saleh Hakami, 24, from Yemen said that his next step after receiving his degree in Engineering in Mechatronics, he wants to pursue work in the field of solar energy as the world shifts focus from traditional forms of power generation to more renewable resources.
For Mohd Salihin Pg Hj Abd Rahim, a Masters student in Computing and Information Systems, the introduction of more data analytics modules was invaluable as it ensures students to embrace challenges that come from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“Data analytics is a very important component in this day and age because the drivers of this new technological age are artificial intelligence (AI), this sort of knowledge and expertise is in great demand for the current market,” said the 27-year-old.
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