Alhamdulillah, 2015 was a good year for UBD. A highlight was the graduation of the first cohort of our flagship Master in Public Policy and Management Programme. The first cohort graduated with outstanding performances both in UBD and our partner schools, including the McCourt School of Public Policy (Georgetown University); Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke University); University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and Goldman School of Public Policy (University of California, Berkeley). UBD has also done well in the QS Asian rankings, rising from the 171-180 band to 118 in 2015. In addition, we achieved top 26 in five of the nine ranking criteria, of which three were in the top 10. These included faculty student ratio (ranked 26th in Asia), international student (24th), international faculty (9th), and for student mobility, UBD was ranked 2nd in Asia for inbound exchange and 1st for outbound exchange.
2015 also saw the graduation of our third batch of GenNEXT students. Our innovative undergraduate programme, incorporating a Discovery Year component in which students spend one year of their four year program outside the university, has proven very successful; judging from the very positive feedback from our external reviewers, employers, professors as well as from the students themselves. It has also resulted in a very multi-cultural campus, with international students accounting for almost twenty percent of our student population.
With sustained research funding, we have also seen a significant increase in the publication output and citation count of our staff. In public/private partnerships, we have inked agreements with several companies, including Sengenics (Malaysia and London) and Pixel Corporations (Japan) for research and development, with a view to commercialising the research.
2016 promises to be another exciting year for UBD. We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary and a range of academic activities, including workshops, international conferences, meetings, as well as our biennial Brunei Dialogue, have been planned to celebrate our anniversary.
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