UTB to enter world uni rankings

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UNIVERSITI Teknologi Brunei (UTB) will for the first time be entering the QS World University Rankings and QS Stars University Ratings this year.

Its vice-chancellor said yesterday they are hoping to achieve top 300 in rankings and at least three stars for the ratings.

The primary aim of the QS World University Rankings is to help students make informed comparisons of leading universities around the world based on six performance indicators.

QS Stars is a rating system which allows students to get a wider picture of an institution’s qualities, looking at everything from the employability of graduates to sports facilities and community engagement.

Last Saturday, Institut Teknologi Brunei officially changed its name to Universiti Teknologi Brunei as part of a wider rebranding effort to improve its image.

Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman said UTB is capable and on an equal footing with any university in the country and beyond.

Also by 2018, UTB is envisioning being ranked among the top 10 universities for engineering and technology in Southeast Asia.

“Our target is to be ranked with respect to teaching, learning, research and stakeholders’ engagement. If we are ranked well in these different categories, we will be able to achieve our vision,” she told The Brunei Times in an interview.

She said from now until 2018, UTB will be aggressive in its endeavours through the increased quality of their teaching, high employability of their graduates, increased intake of graduate students and having a strong internationalisation agenda.

Asked what kind of support was needed from the government for this, Dr Hjh Zohrah said it is to recognise that they require high-calibre staff, which is already what they are currently getting.

They also need support in terms of high technological research, which requires substantial funding.

“Our aim is to make UTB a great university, and we are continuing to strive hard by producing graduates of tomorrow,” she said.

Dr Hjh Zohrah added their ultimate aim is to produce well-rounded graduates with social and economic responsibility who are entrepreneurial, have embedded MIB values and who are highly sought after by employers.

Apart from QS rankings, she said UTB will also focus on being relevant and responsive to the current needs of the country.

The Brunei Times