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Brunei’s premier university strengthens links with Japanese universities

Sep 28, 2016

Founded in 1985, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), has forged strong partnerships with some of Japan’s leading universities such as Kagawa University, Soka University, Kyoto University, Yamagata University, Tsukuba University, Akita University and Tenri University.

These partnerships range from research collaborations in Asian and energy studies, agriculture and peat swamp research, to medical training and student exchange programs.

Universiti Brunei Darussalam focuses on educating the country’s next generation of globally-minded students. Credit: UBD

In each of its partnerships, UBD provides expertise in its niche research on Energy Studies, Islamic and Asian Studies, and Biodiversity Studies. Brunei’s oldest and largest university is an ideal research hub for these areas and offers a well-rounded and culturally rich environment for incoming students.

For two years in a row since 2015, UBD has been ranked No. 1 in student mobility in Asia in the QS Asia University Rankings. It also regularly hosts Japanese exchange students and sends Bruneian students to Japanese universities as part of its mandatory Discovery Year Program.

The Discovery Year Program is part of UBD’s broad-based, multidisciplinary GenNEXT curriculum, which encourages students to explore the world outside Brunei and encourages them to examine alternative pathways to learning through international programs, business incubation andentrepreneurship projects, internships andcommunity outreach endeavors, among others.

The flexibility of the multidisciplinary approach allows students from different faculties to work closely together and capitalize on each other’s strengths to conduct internationally recognizable ventures.

Named last year as one of Asia’s fastest- rising universities by the QS Asia University Rankings, UBD stresses its ethos of entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and environmental awareness in creating a holistic, diverse and dynamic atmosphere conducive to maximizing learning in this highly globalized world.

It is also determined to increase its international partnerships, especially with Japanese universities, through more student exchanges, research collaborations and industry internships.

Brunei 2016 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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