On the 16th August 2018, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Pro Chancellor of UBD, officially launched the 'Pesta Konvo' or Convocation Festival 2018.
The 'Pesta Konvo' held at UBD's Botanical Research Centre aims to showcase the student's creative works as well as alumni and entrepreneurial projects. With the theme 'Innovation, Leadership and Mastery,' the exhibition highlights the importance of innovation for the society's benefit.
Also speaking during the ceremony was Dr Abby Tan Chee Hong, the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam, updating the committee of the status of UBD journals. This was followed by a brief introduction of Universiti Teknologi Brunei, presented by Professor Dr. Zuruzi Abu Samah, the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research) of Universiti Teknologi Brunei.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the UBD Council Members; Deputy Minister of Education, Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah Haji Mohd Salleh; Vice-Chancellor of UBD, Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina POKLWDSS Hj Awg Abdul Aziz; foreign dignitaries and prominent officials from government agencies.
An MSc student from the Chemical Sciences programme, Dayang Siti Nur Faezah Binti Haji Ajak, briefed His Royal Highness on the nutritional and anti-oxidant content that can be found in honey harvested from local stingless bees. Photo courtesy of Muiz Matdani.
One of the research highlights includes an exhibition on stingless bees, locally known as “lebah kelulut”. An MSc student from the Chemical Sciences programme, Dayang Siti Nur Faezah Binti Haji Ajak, briefed His Royal Highness on the nutritional and anti-oxidant content that can be found in honey harvested from local stingless bees. From the same research group, Siti Norliza Sa'adah Binti Abd Rahman, a research assistant funded by Pahaytc Sdn. Bhd. to carry out investigations on agarwood, more commonly known as “gaharu”.
Also highlighted at the exhibition was the research of Dayang May Goh Poh Yik, a Doctorate student in Biotechnology, which revolves around the specialty of 'Pawas' leaves as a herb containing anti-oxidants and anti-bacteria properties. Another research being showcased was on the diverse species of seaweed in the country and its potential to be marketed. The project aims to identify and collect data on the different species of seaweed that can be found in the country, and then evaluate the potential of these seaweeds for marketing purposes.
Dayang Siti Norliza Sa'adah Binti Abd Rahman, a research assistant funded by Pahaytc Sdn. Bhd. briefed His Royal Highness on the potential nutritional benefits of agarwood.
Doctorate student in Biotechnology, Dayang May Goh Poh Yik, presented benefits of 'Pawas' leaves as a herb containing anti-oxidants and has anti-bacterial properties.
Also presenting from the Environmental and Life Sciences programme, an undergraduate student, Dayang Yeo Yen Chin, presented the possibility of using crude, enzyme-based cleaners for domestic use using fruit waste. Food waste accounts for the highest percentage (36%) of solid waste in Brunei. This innovative, economical solution to utilising food waste could benefit the country in the long run. The process is economical as it uses cheap raw materials. It is environmental friendly as it is free of any chemical additives and the solution is biodegradable. This study aims to improve the social utility of the product by optimizing its stability, shelf life and appeal.
This year's Pesta Konvo theme "I.L.M" stands for Innovation, Leadership and Mastery. When pronounced as "ilm", it shares its meaning with the Arabic term and Malay word "ilmu" which means knowledge. It highlights the importance of innovation which has significant benefits to a society. Innovation attests to the originality and ingenuity of UBD's research work and knowledge creation, which culminates in being leaders and masters of knowledge. The three qualities will ensure a well-educated and highly-skilled workforce and the development of a dynamic and sustainable national economy.
An MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka from the Environmental and Life Sciences programme, Dayang Nadhirah binti Lamit, briefed His Royal Highness on the marketing potential of products derived from local seaweed. Photo courtesy of Muiz Matdani.
An undergraduate student from the Environmental and Life Sciences programme, under the supervision of Dr. Pooja Shivanand, Dayang Yeo Yen Chin, briefed His Royal Highness on the production of crude enzyme-based cleaners for domestic use using fruit.