His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam also took a closer look at an exhibition featuring a diversity of UBD entrepreneurs, which range from classical business models to technology and patent start-ups.

The exhibition is on selected businesses and founders who have studied at UBD. Each exhibitor is connected by three factors - firstly the ability to generate sustainable income, secondly the ability to show growth and expansion strategies, and lastly, the graduate must provide employment opportunities to locals and graduates. The culmination of their studies, knowledge and experiences translates to an economic prospective that benefits not only their self but also the nation.

In the exhibition, UBD presents its first company known as Smart Coating Technologies, a graduate-owned business that has effectively commercialised the university's research into an internationally recognised product. It is also the first company to be granted licensing by UBD to manufacture and export its research.

Solar Brunei, a local company that specialises in the installation of solar power to homes and industries, featuring one of their memorable achievement which is 1StopBorneo Wildlife in Sabah, which provided electricity to less fortunate communities in Belaga, Sarawak.

The UBD Entrepreneurs Exhibition, meanwhile, demonstrating their business models and acumen that has not only provided self-employment but also the commendable ability to hire local students and graduates. Al-Raed a regionally known fashion company that was founded by a graduate of UBD's incubation programme.

Ae.bn, a videography and photography company made successful by the passion and personal philosophy of UBD's graduate and founder.

Meanwhile, Malai Ezzan Enterprise, a snack and candy catering service that has expanded beyond Brunei borders and now also operates in Malaysia.

Educhamp, is an academic tuition school that has one of the largest number of tuition centres in the country, employs over 70 staff and supports more than 300 students across the Brunei Muara district.

UBD leapt up the Quacquarelli Symonds, QS World University Rankings this year by a substantial 26 places, now placing at 323 in the world. In the QS Top 50 under 50 world rankings, UBD rose up three places to 34. For young universities, UBD is now ranked 16th in Asia and 6th in ASEAN. Among small universities based on QS World University Rankings, UBD is ranked 16th in the world, 5th in Asia and number 1 in ASEAN.

Source: Radio Television Brunei