UTB gets good response to engineering conference

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Brunei has received about 160 paper submissions for its upcoming International Conference on Engineering and Technology, surpassing the number of submissions in the previous conference that took place in 2014.

Professor Zuruzi Abu Samah, chair of the organising committee for Brunei International Conference on Engineering and Technology (BICET) 2016, said participants from 12 countries had submitted their conference papers. Eighty-five submissions came from Bruneian institutions.

The sixth BICET, slated for November 14-16, is a biennial event for academics, researchers and engineers to exchange information on developments in engineering.

“BICET2016 aims to be a forum to highlight recent advances in engineering sciences and technology,” said Prof Zuruzi in an email interview.

He said the conference acts as a platform for collaborative research across disciplines, from agri or bio resources and mechanical systems to water engineering.

Prof Zuruzi, who is also UTB’s deputy dean of Graduate Studies and Research Office, said he hoped academics and students in Brunei will take the opportunity to exchange ideas and research findings, and forge relations with foreign participants as this may develop into research collaboration.

“BICET2016 is also an opportunity for graduate students in Brunei institutions to benchmark and showcase their research against a wider audience,” he added.

Professor Zuruzi said Brunei can benefit from the conference.

He said the conference showcases leading research in UTB and Universiti Brunei Darussalam, which informs the industry of the many technological capabilities in Brunei.

“This increases awareness of Brunei’s technological know-how and manpower which can attract business opportunities,” the professor added.

The Brunei Times