Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is an Engineering and Technology University in Brunei Darussalam that specialises in the niche areas of Engineering, Business, Computing, Applied Sciences & Mathematics, and Design.
UTB was first established in 1986 as Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB). In 2008, ITB was upgraded from a higher learning institution offering Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in Engineering, Business and Computing to a university, and was then changed to Universiti Teknologi Brunei on 1 March 2016. UTB specialises in the area of Engineering, Business, Computing, Applied Sciences & Mathematics and Design.
Since the upgrade, the university has seen tremendous development including the expansion of its academic programmes portfolio, establishment of partnerships with industries and universities, embarking on the process of programme accreditation by professional bodies, and intensification of research activities.
Over the years, UTB has signed numerous agreements with prestigious organisations in the country and around the world to collaborate in research, education and training programmes.
This includes the exchange of undergraduate and postgraduate students, industrial internships, exchange of academics, joint research, conferences, consultancies, seminars and other projects.
UTB made its first appearance in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR) at 442 in 2018, evaluated against 4,763 institutions from 151 countries. The university rose by 63 places in 2019 and is ranked at 379. This has also ranked UTB at 51 for Young Global University under 50 years of age and this presents another great achievement since UTB is a very young university.
In the 2019 edition of QS Asia University Rankings, UTB is ranked at 181, the top 36 per cent among over 500 institutions across the continent. In the 2020 edition, UTB managed to climb 44 places and is ranked at 137, making UTB among the top 150 universities in Asia.
UTB is the only local university to receive a five-star ranking from the QS Stars rating, and the first university to have successfully acquired the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification by the Bureau Veritas in July 2019.
With its hands-on approach and industry-based programmes, UTB has produced graduates who are highly valued by local employers and readily accepted by top universities around the world.
In terms of research, UTB strives to become a university that contributes to the enrichment of knowledge and solving contemporary issues that focuses on energy, sustainable built environment, agri-food, digital and creativity, society and enterprise, and wellness. In 2018, the Centre for Research in Agri-food Science & Technology (CrAFT) was established to support the nation’s aspiration to diversify its economy by strengthening the agri-food industry using science and technology.
UTB has developed its new five-year Strategic Plan 2019-2023, focusing on four strategic areas: Quality Education, Independent Learners, Translational Research and Quadruple Helix Engagement. Successful implementation of initiatives under these focus areas within the five-year period will see the University improving its global prominence while making a strong impact and contribution to the country’s human resource, industrial and enterprising capabilities.
UTB’s vision is to become a global university impacting society and its mission is to nurture socially-responsible talents that are deeply-rooted in MIB values and committed to building a global and entrepreneurial society in pursuit of innovation and industry-relevant capabilities, towards the fulfilment of Brunei Vision 2035.