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Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)

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.



Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS)

SOASCIS is one of the youngest members of University Brunei Darussalam’s academic community. It takes pride in being born with a praiseworthy mission to thrive as one of the world’s leading graduate centres for the study of Islam and contemporary issues.

Its historic establishment was announced by His Highness the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaullah in his royal speech (titah) on 30th September, 2010 at the UBD’s 22nd Convocation.

SOASCIS is now a steadily growing graduate centre with an international image and outlook that has the appeal of attracting students from Master’s and Doctoral studies on various aspects of Islam and contemporary issues. The Centre is also attracting academics from various Muslim and non-Muslim countries to join either its academic staff or its pool of researchers employed under the various schemes of Visiting Fellowships it is offering.



Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER)

The establishment of Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) was announced by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di – Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam at the 25th Convocation Ceremony on the 12th September 2013 which highlights the importance accorded to biodiversity and environmental research by UBD.

The IBER functions as the focal agency within UBD for the systematic organisation and enhancement of biodiversity and environmental knowledge through its research, education and outreach programs. The IBER research and educational projects focus on both terrestrial and marine biodiversity throughout Brunei Darussalam, as well as their interactions with its environment. Coordination of research, education and outreach activities of the UBD’s premier international field research facility, the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) is a special emphasis of the IBER.



Faculty of Science (FoS)

Faculty of Science (FoS) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam provides students with a wide spectrum of academic opportunities under six major disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Applied Physics and Mathematics. FOS offers degrees from undergraduate to doctorate level. At the undergraduate level, the newly introduced Generation NEXT Bachelor of Science degree programme is designed to provide students the much needed cognitive and analytical skills that are vital to excel in the 21st century. The faculty largely consists of experienced and well qualified academics from all over the world. Also, our degrees are highly regarded by various academic institutions overseas. We welcome students as well as researchers to our faculty. We strongly believe that your stay at Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam will be one of the most beneficial and memorable events of your fruitful career.