UTB aims to be centre of excellence in research and development
UNIVERSITI Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has set a target to become a centre of excellence through their numerous collaborations with government agencies that are aimed to further develop the nation’s infrastructure, said the university’s vice chancellor.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah Hj Sulaiman said that UTB, as an educational institution has a responsibility to help the government to address current issues that the country is experiencing.
She added that the research collaborations conducted with government agencies span a variety of disciplines including agriculture, communications, environment and energy among others.
An example she mentioned was the research collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood in regards to providing alternative water resources for padi plantations in the country that do not have irrigation and drainage.
It was also previously reported that UTB researchers are developing a system that seeks to better understand factors that cause traffic accidents and reduce the severity of car crashes.
“We never want to isolate ourselves because we are constantly working on the triple helix relationship between academia (UTB), the government as well as the industry players,” she said.
“Our ultimate goal by making these collaborations is to find an issue that needs solutions (and) if possible to solve these issues using new and innovative ideas (because) at the end of the day, it helps us to grow as a university,” she added. Dr Hjh Zohrah said that the collaborations have equal involvement from the university’s lecturers and students as they often stem from student’s final year projects as well as from students taking their Masters and Doctorates through research.
The vice chancellor hoped that through these numerous collaborations, the university one day would become a centre of excellence, to set a precedent in terms of research that will help further develop the nation.
“Our intention is to reach the university’s vision to be amongst the best 10 universities for engineering and technology in Southeast Asia by 2018 and to do that we have to fulfill our ambitions which include producing individuals with social economic responsibilities,” added Dr Hjh Zohrah.
The Brunei Times