‘ITB making its mark in research’

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THE record number of research publications by Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) last year shows it is well on its way to increasing its research profile, said its vice chancellor.

Last year, 99 research publications from ITB were approved and indexed by peer-reviewed literature database Scopus - ITB’s highest number to date and representing an increase of 350 per cent compared with 2012.

From 2008 to 2011, less than 10 ITB documents were published and indexed by SCOPUS each year.

“Research is very much on our agenda. We encourage each academic staff to produce at least one publication per year now,” said ITB Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman in a phone interview.

“We also encourage them to join research clusters and research thrusts. And in this way, they can publish even more research documents,” she said.

Dr Hjh Zohrah said the number of research publications from ITB would definitely increase this year, especially since ITB welcomed more than 70 graduate students under its taught master’s programmes earlier this month.

“One requirement for each graduate student is to publish at least one research document.

“PhD students would have to publish at least two if they want to be awarded a doctorate degree, so all this will increase our publication profile,” she said.

According to ITB’s website, nine research publications from ITB have already been indexed by Scopus so far this month.

According to its website, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. It delivers a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities.

The Brunei Times