Students awarded PUJA Prestige Award 2019 and 2020

Student Chapter
Categories: Student
Author: PASB
November 18, 2019

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**This article was written and posted on the website's "Current Affairs" section on September 17, 2019

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PUJA-UTB SC members, Ak. Zainul Ariffin bin Pg. Haji Sofian (Top) and Ngoco Divine Zumbi (Bottom), receiving the PUJA Prestige Awards 2019 and 2020 at the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Graduates' Congratulatory Ceremony. Also present in both photos are the Guest of Honour, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (Minister of Education cum Chairman of the UTB Council) (2nd Left); Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Awang Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib (1st Left); and PUJA Council's General Member, Ir. Awang Bahrin bin Mohammad (1st Right)

On Thursday, 12th September, 2019, Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Arkitek (PUJA) presented their Prestige Award 2019 and 2020 to two Civil and Structural Engineering students during the Graduates’ Congratulatory Ceremony. 

The event, which took place at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas, was held in conjunction with the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Convocation Ceremony 2019, to celebrate those who have successfully completed their studies and to recognise the graduates who have excelled in their academic programmes.

Attending as the Guest of Honour was the Minister of Education and Chairman of the UTB Council, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, who presented the awards to 30 graduates. 

Receiving the PUJA Prestige Awards were PUJA-UTB Student Chapter (PUJA-UTB SC) members: Ak. Zainul Arifin bin Pg. Haji Sofian and Ngoco Divine Zumbi. Present to witness the ceremony on behalf of PUJA Brunei was the General Member under Education and Examination of the PUJA Council, Ir. Awang Bahrin bin Mohammad.

Also there at the event were the Deputy Minister of Education, Datin Seri Paduka Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh; the Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Awang Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib; the Registrar & Secretary of UTB, Lim Chui Hua; alongside other members of the UTB Council.

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The Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Awang Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib, presenting a welcoming speech at the event

Delivering his welcoming speech at the ceremony, Awang Haji Ady Syarmin stated that the awards serve a form of recognition and appreciation from the university for the achievements and excellence of the graduates in their own respective fields.

The institute’s Acting Vice-Chancellor also expressed his hope that the achievements will further encourage and motivate the recipients, as well as other students, to enhance their efforts in attaining greater success.

Several awards were also featured during the ceremony. Among them was the University Excellence Awards, which were sponsored by 14 organisations; consisting of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Total E&P Borneo BV., telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad, Shiham Sdn. Bhd., Baiduri Bank, Dynamik Technologies Sdn. Bhd., Royal Brunei Technical Services (RBTS), DST Communications Sdn. Bhd., Amec Foster Wheeler (B) Sdn. Bhd., Jetwires Electrical & Technical Services Sdn. Bhd., Indec Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. and Takaful Brunei Keluarga Sdn. Bhd.

Other awards include the University Excellence Awards, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Local Network Award, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Brunei Darussalam (IMechE-Brunei) Awards, Petrokon Utama Sendirian Berhad (PUSB) Best Final Year Project Award, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Best Project Award and British Computer Society (BCS) Awards 2019.

Prior to the Congratulatory Ceremony, a Convocation Ceremony was held, where 100 Master’s Degree students and 351 Bachelor’s Degree students were awarded their graduation certificates.

Present to officiate the convocation was the Chancellor of UTB, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who was also accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince (Dr.) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Pro-Chancellor of the university.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adal Khairi Waddien, attending and presenting his Titah at the UTB Convocation Ceremony The Acting Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Awang Haji Ady Syarmin bin Haji Md Taib, presenting a welcoming speech at the UTB Convocation Ceremony 2019 as the Guest of Honour

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) is a leading Engineering and Technology institute in Brunei Darussalam that Specialises in the niche areas of Engineering, Business, Computing, Applied Sciences and Mathematics as well as design. 

Established in 1986 as “Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB)”, UTB was initially intended to offer Higher National Diploma programmes in Engineering, Business and Computing, before being upgraded  into a university in 2008 and renamed as “Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB)” on 1st March, 2016.

Since its upgrade, the university has made tremendous developments, including the expansion of its academic programmes portfolio, the establishment of its partnerships with industries and other universities, its programme accreditation by professional bodies, as well as their intensification of research activities.

Recently, UTB has achieved another milestone of achieving the 379th position in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR), against 1,620 other institutions from 82 countries around the world. The 2019 QS Asia University Rankings, on the other hand, has listed UTB among the top 200 universities across the continent. On top of that, the institute is the only University in the country, at the moment, to have received a Five Star Rating by the QS Rating, and the first university in Brunei to have successfully acquired ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification by Bureau Veritas.

Apart from 5,141 BDTVEC HND graduates and  295 Higher National Diploma Level Five graduates; UTB has produced over 1,784 undergraduates and 199 Master’s Degree graduates up to date.

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UTB graduates at the Convocation Ceremony 2019