The Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Over the past decade, Universiti Brunei Darussalam has been on an exciting progressive journey of change, from what is fundamentally a teaching university to a first class international university of excellence in teaching and research. UBD has done well in the QS Asian rankings as we achieved top 20 in five categories of the QS Asian University Rankings.

Master's Programmes



The Universiti Brunei Darussalam is emerging as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Asia. It was established in 1985, opening its doors to the first intake of 176 students. Since then, UBD has 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 the GenNEXT Programme which is an education framework designed for students to excel according to their individual learning styles. Broad-based and trans­disciplinary, it provides the flexibility and adaptability necessary to ensure that students are able to fully explore their potential in a hands-on and accountable manner, while also providing thorough and rigorous training across disciplines. The GenNEXT degree ensures that students emerge from UBD with a high quality education that is catered to their individual needs, as well as the needs of a constantly changing world environment.


The research funding and facilities at UBD have developed tremendously and consequently lead to a significant increase in graduate students and collaborators coming to UBD to undertake research. With the massive academic mobility including increased joint academic programmes, research collaborations and networks such as iCUBE and Borneo Studies Network (BSN), UBD’s active partnerships with institutions worldwide have contributed to the tremendous improvement in campus life, teaching and research output at the university.

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GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

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Library services

The leading academic library in Brunei Darussalam continuously strives to provide excellence in service by supporting teaching, learning and research of academic and students of the university. The library’s rich resources are widely recognized and there is a growing demand from government agencies, private academic institutions and the wider public.

Student Life

Brunei Darussalam, meaning The Abode of Peace, is a country that many may know as an oil-rich sultanate on the third largest island in the world, but Brunei Darussalam is much more than that. Brunei Darussalam is located on the northern shore of Borneo island, bordered by the South China Sea and the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Geographically, Brunei Darussalam is comprised of two parts, with a total area of 5,765 sq km. It is divided into 4 districts, and the capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan.

Brunei has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging year-round from between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. The population of Brunei Darussalam stands at about 400,000 67% Malay, 15% Chinese, 6% tribes indigenous to Borneo including the Iban, Dusun and Murut tribes, and 12% other. The national language is Malay (Bahasa Melayu) but English is widely spoken and is the principal language of business.

The majority of the population is concentrated in and around the capital city in the Brunei Muara district, which houses government institutions and the economic sectors of the country which are not oil and gas related. The Belait district lies in the northwest, and is the hub of the countrys oil and gas activity, which is Bruneis primary source of wealth. Brunei Darussalam is a country emerging on the world scene with exciting economic potential and unique and treasured resources, political stability, a highly educated population, and an enviable reserve of life-sustaining primary rainforest filled with rare indigenous life forms that scientists are scrutinising for their possible contribution to the world.

The current ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, is the 29th sultan in a line of royal genealogy that dates back to the 14th century. His Majesty belongs to one of the oldest continuously ruling dynasties in the world. In the 14th century, Brunei ruled much of Borneo, including Sabah and Sarawak, in an empire that stretched to the lower areas of the Philippines. The empire nourished with trade networks linking China, India, Java, Malacca, the Middle East, Spain and Portugal. This was all changed in the 17th and 18th century after a wave of internal battles, rebellion and a surge of dominating colonial influences.

Bruneis economic power went into decline and her territories were subsequently lost in a series of agreements and treaties made in the 19th century. Since the discovery of oil in 1929, however, petrodollars have revived the Bruneian economy and ushered in an era of significant development.

The standard of living and quality of life has been significantly raised, and benefits like free health care, education, housing, no income tax and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world all point towards the extent of progress in Brunei.

Despite this swift development, Brunei has managed to successfully reconcile its firmly upheld centuries-old traditions and culture with the spirit of progressiveness and modernity. While the oil and gas industry remains the backbone of the economy, a wave of diversification is rolling in to ensure that the landscape of the economy remains geared for long-term sustainability.

Student Reviews

Universiti Brunei Darussalam Pharmacy Course Review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, it was a good experience. With the COVID-19 epidemic, learning was affected and physical classes and overseas travel for internship was not available and did not work. Nonetheless, the university adapted and still gave many opportunities for study.

A better educational experience at UBD
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's has been good. UBD has a tranquil study environment and world-class infrastructure for studies. This has ensured smooth academic transition.

The beauty of Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Universiti Brunei Darussalam is the top and the largest local university in my country. I had the best university life and was fortunate to be graduated from this university. I took a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Nursing for 4 years. They provide diverse ways of learning for the students such as lectures, tutorials, practical, problem-based learning, self-directed...

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Muara, Brunei


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