New VC to make UBD first choice of locals

Change of guard: New UBD Vice-Chancellor Dr Zulkarnain Hanafi (R) receives papers from the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Dato Paduka Dr Awang Haji Ismail (L), as Acting Minister of Education Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman (C) looks on during the handing over ceremony at Senate room, Chancellor Hall UBD.Picture: Saifulizam

Sunday, August 10, 2008

THE new Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) aims to make the university the institution of first choice of the people of Brunei Darussalam.

Speaking after taking over as the new Vice-Chancellor of UBD yesterday, Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi said that his main endeavour would be "achieving the status of a first class international university" for UBD with its distinctive national identity.

Elaborating on how UBD must produce creative and versatile students who are able to meet the demands of the Bruneian and international employment market, the new Vice-Chancellor stressed the importance of the Strategic Plan for the years 2006 to 2015, which is another phase of UBD's development under the plan.

"The Strategic Plan has identified strengthening our research profile as one of the important objectives to meet our vision," especially in "institutionalising research for students and academicians alike, by integrating into teaching and learning" in order to generate more inquisitive and resourceful graduates, said Dr Hj Zulkarnain.

He also stressed that the level of research must not only be collaborative but also cross-disciplines so as to develop more analytical skills from a much wider perspective.

Dr Hj Zulkarnain was of the view that as each phase of UBD development goes through, "it will reflect changes, hopes and ambitions of our nation and the community".

He sees UBD as not just an institution of learning but also as an institution of national importance. He said UBD must not confine its consultations within the educational community but also take into account views of the larger community as they were the stakeholders. Earlier, the outgoing and incoming Vice-Chancellors took part in a signing ceremony to mark the handing over of responsibilities that encompass the Strategic Plan for UBD 2006 to 2015, the UBD constitution and Medicine Project and other functions. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Acting Minister of Education, Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman.

The Brunei Times

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