History of the University
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) was established in 1985, opening its doors to the first intake of 176 students. Being the first university in Brunei Darussalam, UBD began in its early years with only four faculties - Faculty of Science; Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences; Faculty of Management and Administrative Studies; and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education.
In 1995, the university moved to its current location in Tungku Link to provide an environment that is conducive for learning and research. UBD has since seen an increase in the number of graduates, the introduction of new academic programmes, the enhancement of infrastructure and the development of graduate studies.
In 2009, UBD introduced its unique trans-disciplinary GenNEXT programme with emphasis on entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and environmental awareness to shape young leaders of the next generation. Its Discovery Year programme offers students the unique opportunity for experiential learning through Study Abroad, Incubation, Community Outreach or Internship programmes.
Campus and facility
The UBD campus is located near the South China Sea, along warm sandy beaches between Berakas Recreational Beach and Tungku Link. The campus offers students and academics beautiful relaxing scenery and recreational facilities such as running tracks around campus, and a Sports Complex.
Today, UBD has 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 to support quality research. The UBD|IBM Centre also boasts the first Blue Gene/P Supercomputer in the ASEAN region, installed in UBD and actively used by UBD|IBM Centre researchers.
The university offers on-campus housing for faculty members. Which is only a short 7-minute walk to central campus. Restaurants, café and convenience stores are also available on campus to offer the UBD community conveniences at their doorstep.
UBD holds a forward vision of creating the next generation leaders through its innovative educational curriculum and activities on campus. UBD is guided by its four core values; people, expertise, relevance and leadership. In line with its motto “Towards Human Excellence”, the university seeks to produce holistic and well-rounded graduates with expertise across disciplines and soft skills in leadership and entrepreneurship.
UBD envisions to be recognized as one of top 50 universities in Asia by virtue of its research, innovations, academic talent, education, infrastructure and internationalization. Driven by its goal, the university offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, innovative curriculum and conducive environment to provide holistic learning, teaching and research opportunities for its students and academic personnel.