Industry Engagement with Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health

On 29th August 2020, the Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor (Innovation & Enterprise), Universiti Brunei Darussalam had an engagement meeting with Officers from the Department of Scientific Services (DSS) under the Ministry of Health. The meeting was hosted by Hjh Rahimah bte Hj Hanafi, Director of DSS, with her teams; Pg Hjh Sofiah bte Pg Hj Bakar (Quality Manager) and Nur Nisrinah Hj Yusof (Head of Food Chemistry section). The delegation from OAVCIE was led by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ayub Sadiq, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Innovation & Enterprise) and accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Minhaz Uddin Ahmed, lead researcher of the biosensor group as well as other OAVCIE staff members.

During the meeting, UBD presented several potential collaborations especially in the field of Halal sensor for the detection of porcine in food products, and how the two entities can work together for the mutual benefits of both parties. Though focusing on halal sensor development, both parties also explored other collaborations in research and development, development of UBD patents as well as teaching and learning.

The Department of Scientific Services is responsible for providing different laboratory services, not only in food chemistry but also, in different areas of health science, forensic science and measurement standards. OAVCIE aims to promote joint collaboration between UBD and industries, in different areas, through this industry engagement meeting.



On 27th August 2020, the Brunei Info-Communication Technology Awards (BICTA) Roadshow was held at the Entrepreneurship Village (EV), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The roadshow was held to provide students the opportunity to join the next BICTA award competition. BICTA is known for its advocacy on innovation by offering a platform for local aspiring Bruneians to express their creativity in ICT. One of BICTA's aims is to productively make use of the rapidly growing new digital technologies by the year 2035; achieving Brunei's national vision.

Over 30 guests from UBD attended the roadshow. The presenters, Pg Sarimah bte Pg Hj Abdul Latiff from SUHBE.CO and Mohd Jamil bin Hj Abd. Jalil from Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), provided insights into the local ICT entrepreneur community; the challenges, problems and characteristics to resolve problems using ICT.

BICTA is an annual event co-organised by the Ministry of Transport and Info-Communication, AITI and InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB), to stimulate innovation and creativity in the ICT industry amongst individuals, students and associations including SMEs. UBD encourages its students and staff to bring forth their innovative ICT projects for the BICTA competition. Please contact the Office of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Innovation and Enterprise (OAVCIE) on for more information on the BICTA competition, or to find out how UBD can support you in the competition.


Industry Engagement with RAB Green Sdn Bhd

On 26th August 2020, the Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor Innovation and Enterprise (OAVCIE) headed by Professor Dr. Mohd Ayub Sadiq visited RAB Global Green Sdn Bhd factory at Muara. OAVCIE was hosted by CEO of Global RAB Green Sdn Bhd, Rabiatul Adawiyah, and her team. During the visit, they showed their newly built green concept factory along with products they manufactured. Some of the products showcased were their new agent fire extinguishers, aquaponic system, solar panels and Chromatic sealing self-illuminating Solar PV module, a patented product by Global RAB Green Sdn Bhd.

The Chromatic sealing self-illuminating Solar PV module patent aims to promote awareness on the usage of solar panels. The energy-saving solar panels can be made available off-the-shelf to promote sustainability and affordability. The solar panels are coated with colored design where it can be used for aesthetic and promotional purposes while at the same time generating power.

OAVCIE and RAB Global Green Sdn Bhd exchange ideas on potential collaboration. Discussions were focused on various related areas to sustainability, research, teaching and entrepreneurship.


BSP Digitalisation Team Presentation

The Brunei Shell Petroleum Digitalisation team was invited to do a presentation on 19th August 2020 at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The talk was held at the Institute of Health Sciences. It was attended by researchers and post graduate students from Faculty of Science and Faculty of Integrated Technologies. During the event, the Digitalisation team shared their current and future projects that they are currently working on and are looking into. They also shared their digital transformation journey and their digitalisation efforts. Digital projects in BSP are carried out in three stages: Ideation, execution, and scaling up or replication. The topics that were presented included Automated Geophysical Analysis, Automated Pipeline Routing and Predicting Abnormality in Equipment Operating Condition Generate Prediction Model.

The aim of the talk was to explore potential collaboration and projects between UBD and BSP that align with the digitalisation efforts of the nation.



World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) is celebrated annually on April 26. This year, the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2020 on 15th August with the theme “Innovate for A Green Future.” BruIPO held a webinar and invited speakers from UBD to give presentations with the theme Patent Green not Patent Evergreen.

UBD invited Rabiatul Adawiyah from RAB Global Green, Haji Mohammad Redza from Smart Coating Technologies, and Afiq Mohammed from LiveWIRE Brunei to present during the session. The topics presented were Target to Be A Net Zero Building, Anti-Mold Photocatalytic Coating, and Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship Amongst Youth in Brunei.



On 29th July and 5th August 2020, a webinar was held to talk about the implementation of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. The speakers were Siti Nor Rahmah Md Haider Ali, Hasnah binti Hassan, and Dr Nagender Aneja from the Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor Innovation and Enterprise (OAVCIE).

UBD IP Policy 2010 has provided a beneficial environment to students, researchers, and faculty members to promote technology and Intellectual Property. UBD has filed over 60 patents. Based on feedback from faculty members and considering the recent trends in research and collaboration, OAVCIE has updated the UBD IP Policy. The new IP Policy will provide guidelines on IP Ownership from Sponsored Projects, Discovery Year Projects, and others. The new policy will also provide guidelines on commercialisation of IP by engaging enablers in addition to creators.



On 20th July 2020, Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) Decommissioning and Restoration (D and R) team was invited to speak at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The talk titled "BSP Decommissioning and Restoration (D and R) Phase 1 Engagement #1 with Universiti Brunei Darussalam" was held at the Institute of Health Sciences. The seminar was hosted by the Office Assistant Vice Chancellor Innovation and Enterprise. The aim of the seminar was to explore potential industrial research between BSP and UBD. In attendance were deans, researchers, and head of departments from faculties and departments from UBD.

One of the functions of the BSP D and R division is to look into the ageing facilities that are out of order. Some of the dilemmas faced by the D and R industry include cost of removal, facility waste management, legislation change, and environmental consideration. The proposed projects they put forward include Coral Interaction between Oil and Gas Infrastructures, Groundwater Sampling for Onshore Seria and Baseline Studies for Comparative Assessment.

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