The projects, ‘Generating Bioelectric Energy Through Plants’ and ‘Water Purification Using Activated Carbon’ were among the innovative and creative projects by Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD undergraduates showcased at the 2016 UBD Convo Festival Exhibition. The exhibition is open for two weeks at the UBD Library Building.

The festival was officiated this morning by His Royal Highness Prince Doctor Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Deputy Sultan as the Pro-Chancellor of UBD. The festival was in conjunction with the 28th UBD Convocation Ceremony.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education and Datin Doctor Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor of UBD. Surah Al-Fatihah and doa selamat were read by Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohidin.

His Royal Highness then officiated the 2016 UBD Convo Festival. His Royal Highness signed a plaque and then proceeded to view the exhibition showcasing various innovative projects and research outcomes of the UBD undergraduates. The Creative Industry Mapping Project in Brunei Darussalam produced by a collaboration of students as well as academic staff from the Social Sciences and Literature Faculty is hoped to benefit policy makers, industries and entrepreneurs aside from giving a significant impact in the establishment of strategies, policies and actions for the country’s creative industry. Also showcased was a rehal or quran stand which was creatively carved with Bruneian and Islamic characteristics.

The Acacia Species Pyrolisis project presented by the Bio-Diversity and Environment Research Institute provides an environmentally friendly solution using Acacia to produce bio-energy that can help to reduce carbon dioxide emission to the environment.

The Water Purification Using Activated Carbon project showcased how Activated Carbon can be used to purify tainted water. The activated carbon used is from bamboo charcoal and morphology studies. Electron microscope scanning showed that activated carbon has a wider surface area ratio to a much larger volume compared to bamboo charcoal.

The Generating Bioelectric Energy Through Plants project highlights the studies on organic matter produced through the photosynthesis of a plant can be partly channelled to the roots and naturally, microorganisms around the roots will breakdown the organic compound to produce electrons as one of the waste products that can be harvested as electrical supply without negatively affecting the plant.

Also showcased was Ancient Fossils in Brunei Darussalam that focused on the research outcomes of the fossils collected in the Brunei Darussalam area from two different environments namely dispersed coral and shallow muddy sea-bed. The research found that the fossil reef recently found in Kampung Lumapas is rich in coral, sponges and sea urchins as well as produces various types of micro-fossils.

The first aid application ‘SGRA’ produced by a Second Year undergraduate of the School of Business and Economics was among the exhibits that attracted His Royal Highness’ interest. The prototype for the vehicle technology was designed to send immediate notifications to relevant rescue agencies in the event of an accident or emergency.

The Pengiran Anak Puteri Rasidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences showcased project collaboration with all major medical institutes in the ASEAN region aimed at building a friendship and collaboration network and enhance the quality of medical and healthcare education organised in Bogor, Indonesia in July. At the exhibition, students of the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rasidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences showcased a community project conducted by the students in Kampung Sukang.

The ROBOTIC GULINTANGAN project by students of the Technology Faculty showcased innovative technology designed to simulate a person playing traditional musical instruments. The robot, which was created in 9 months, was programmed to play continuously and can become a new direction for future generations.

The UBD Convo Festival 2016 themed ‘SUCCESS, THROUGH HARMONY, KNOWLEDGE AND RESILIENCE’, is hoped to produce youths who are capable, diligent, courageous and intelligent as well as possessing relevant knowledge, aside from having strong morals and faith as a muslim youth through the teachings of Al-Quran and As-Sunnah as the key to the society’s socio-economic progress as well as regional harmony. The 28th UBD Convocation Ceremony will be held on the 15th of this month, at UBD’s Chancellor Hall. The festival is an annual activity organised by the Students Affairs section in cooperation with the UBD Student Council.

Source: Radio Television Brunei