One thousand five hundred and forty-three (1,543) graduates received their Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, Masters and Bachelor's degrees and diplomas in various disciplines at this year's University Brunei Darussalam, UBD Convocation ceremony. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Chancellor of UBD conferred the PhD and Bachelor's degrees to eight hundred and seven (807) graduates yesterday morning. The ceremony took place at UBD's Chancellor Hall.

The ceremony began with the recital of Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was welcomed by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, the Minister of Education and Datin Doctor Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz, the Vice Chancellor of UBD.

Also gracing the ceremony was His Majesty's son, His Royal Highness Prince Doctor Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, as the Pro-Chancellor of UBD.

The reading of Surah Al-An'aam was presented by Dayangku Fauziah Nadhirah binti Pg Haji Jofri, a Bachelor of Arts graduate who won the National Youth Al-Quran Reading Competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In her welcoming address, the vice Chancellor of UBD said that a number of developments have been carried out by UBD since the previous convocation including the initiative to enhance the research ecosystem.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam then delivered the titah of consent to confer the degrees and diplomas to the graduates.

Of the 807 graduates who received degrees in the morning, 37 graduates, including international students received the Doctor of Philosophy or PhD degrees in Linguistics, Environment, Arts, Biology, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Applied Physics, Energy, Mathematics, Geo-science, Biomedicine, Public Health, Education, Economics, Public Health Management, Islamic Civilisation and Engineering. 770 graduates received Bachelor degrees in Engineering, Arts, Business and Health Science.

UBD's achievements include expanded its programmes to be more flexible so that students can further their knowledge and improve their skills without the need to stop working. Since the Lifelong Learning Centre was established last year, several UBD faculties have offered flexible programmes that provide more opportunities and choices to the community in general.

Meanwhile, nearly 1,700 students are studying at the UBD-FPT Global Centre in Da Nang, Vietnam, which is the first UBD overseas campus. The campus was officiated by His Majesty in November last year. So far two cohorts of 35 ASEAN students who receive His Majesty's 5-year scholarships have successfully undertaken English Language programmes at the centre.

To invoke blessings for the ceremony, the State Mufti read the Doa Selamat.

His Majesty's presence at the ceremony reflected His Majesty's continued strong support which inspires all the UBD staff and students to continue enhancing and strengthening the UBD's position as an institution of higher learning that contributes to the country's progress and development.

Source: Radio Television Brunei