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Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
|Latin: Universitas Bruneiensis|
|يونيبرسيتي بروني دارالسلام|
|Motto||Ke Arah Kesempurnaan Insan|
Motto in English
|Towards Human Perfection|
|Founder||Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah|
|ASAIHL, AUN, EM, FUIW, iCUBE and UMAP|
|Chancellor||Chancellor-Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah|
|Vice-Chancellor||Datin Dr. Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Dato Abdul Aziz|
|Pro-Chancellor||Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah|
|Location||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Muara, Brunei Darussalam|
|Colors||Blue Green Red Yellow|
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD; translation University of Brunei Darussalam; Jawi: يونيبرسيتي بروني دارالسلام) is the first university in Brunei. It was established in 1985 and has since become the largest university in the country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered.
UBD was established in 1985, opening its doors to the first intake of 176 students. Since then, UBD has seen an increase in the number of graduates, the introduction of new academic programmes, the enhancement of infrastructure and the development of graduate studies.
The university moved to its current location, Tungku Link, in 1995. There are eight academic faculties, nine research institutes and six academic service centres ranging from Islamic Studies, Business, Arts, Science, Health Sciences, Asian Studies, Policy Studies, Education, Biodiversity and Integrated Technologies.
UBD opened its doors to international students from its inception. Over the years, there has been an increase in diversity, with many students coming from East Asia (China and Japan), Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Today, UBD offers a range of programmes to enhance international relations, such as the Brunei-US Enrichment Programme for ASEAN and the Discovery Year programme, which encourages students to go abroad during the third year of their undergraduate programme.
Admissions to UBD is extremely competitive. Brunei had only 4 large universities that offer undergraduate and graduate studies, but 2 of them are religious universities, local applicants could only apply through online service known as HECAS (Higher Education Centralised Admission System) where the representatives of Ministry of Education and local universities to pick only qualified students that meet the requirements of points of specific exams such as General Cambridge Education A-Level Examinations.
UBD currently offers five undergraduate degree programmes:
UBD offers graduate degrees (Masters by coursework or by research and PhD) in the following disciplines:
The MRCGP (International) examinations were first established in the Institute of Medicine in 2005 after Brunei Darussalam was awarded host body status by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), UK. Membership of the RCGP has long been established and recognized as the standard assessment for family doctors. Brunei Darussalam is the first host examining body in the region and has successfully conducted the exams since 2005.
Construction on the University Mosque (Masjid Universiti) began in 1992 on a site of 2 hectares of land, and was completed in 1994, with a total cost of BND $7,600,000. The mosque was officially opened in 1995 by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. It has a capacity of 1800. The mosque is mainly used for religious activities carried out by the university and it also serves daily prayers for the Muslims students and the surrounding locals.
|Vice-Chancellors||Term in Office|
|1 Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Umar||1985-1986|
|2 Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib||1986-1988|
|3 Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Umar||1989-1990|
|4 Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong||1991-1998|
|5 Dato Paduka Seri Setia Professor Dr. Haji Mahmud Saedon bin Othman||1999-2002|
|6 Dato Paduka Dr. Haji Ismail bin Haji Duraman||2003-2008|
|7 Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi||2008-2015|
|8 Datin Dr. Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz||2015-present|