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.