Crown Prince opens UTB’s seventh convocation festival

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) recently kicked off its seventh convocation festival celebrating students and their achievements throughout their studies with the institution.

The ceremony was graced by His Royal Highness Prince (Dr.) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, who is also the pro-chancellor of UTB.

His Royal Highness consented to deliver a sabda to mark the opening of the week-long event before watching a multimedia show and touring the students’ exhibition-themed “Science, Technology and Innovation”.

This year’s convocation theme is in line with UTB’s vision ‘Global University Impacting Society’, which consists of three main clusters demonstrating the theme that highlights the involvement of graduate students in the three areas through the publication of projects that contribute significant impacts to the society.

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The first cluster of the exhibition was Science, demonstrating the student’s ability to comprehend the fundamental knowledge learnt and explore the knowledge by going into further research in greater depth.

Some of the chosen projects showcased during the launch were ‘The mediating role of religiosity on the influence of resilience perceived stress, and self-efficacy on life satisfaction among Brunei University students in the pandemic era’, ‘Rama-Rama: An interactive 3D animation about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)’ and ‘Nutritional compositions of zingiber officinale pasta with the incorporation of herbal plants’.

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Secondly, the Technology cluster shows the abilities of the students to implement their knowledge into practical applications by designing products and applying concepts learnt for industrial and commercial usage.

Involved in this cluster, three projects were exhibited which were ‘IoT based water quality monitoring system in relation to flood and drought in Brunei’, ‘Eco Campus / Capstone: Considering wheelchair users to poor housing accessibility with the help of collapse ramp’ and ‘Detection of an early stages hand tremors using hand movement signal’.

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The last cluster is Innovation, this final cluster demonstrated UTB students’ ability to practical implementation of ideas that result in the introduction or improvement of products or services.

Under this cluster, the projects showcased were non-newtonian fluid models for blood flow analysis under abnormal rheological states and flexible pavement improvement through chemical soil stabilisation and rubberised asphalt modification.

After the tour, His Royal Highness watched performances by some students from the university’s clubs such as martial arts, tausyeh, traditional music and Japanese and Korean cultural performances.

Those represented the 39 co-curricular clubs that the institution currently has while at the same time encouraging more students to take an active role in running and participating in the club activities.

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Before concluding the event, the Crown Prince also consented to receive a pesambah (gift) from UTB students in the form of a miniature replica of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha (RIPAHS) Bridge.

The convocation festival features plentiful events such as upcoming Majlis Khatam Al-Quran, leadership workshop, k-movie night, Salam Programme: August Edition, UTB Carnival, ThriftB, Food Carnival, UTB Debate Competition, and University Leadership Camp.

The UTB Convocation Ceremony is slated to take place on 5 September 2022 at the Plenary Hall, International Convention Centre in Berakas.

Also in attendance at the festival launch were Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Datin Seri Setia Dr Hajah Romaizah Haji Md Salleh who is the Chair of UTB Council and UTB Vice-Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah Haji Sulaiman.


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