In 2016, UBD is ranked 123th and top 20 in five categories in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings.

UBD ranked first in outbound student exchange, third in inbound student exchange, 11th in international faculty,  13th in faculty student ratio and17th in international students .

Research plays an unprecedented role in improving the reputation of an academic institution. The QS University Rankings also measures research productivity as part of its rankings exercise. Since 2011, research activity at UBD has increased exponentially, with the number of papers being published growing every year and having more than tripled over the last 5 years.

Research at UBD continues to be driven by national relevance, with emphasis on innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and frameworks. Such initiatives are made possible through UBD’s active networks and engagement with industry players to ensure its research and teachings are relevant to the needs of the market.

In the last three years, UBD has filed over 40 patents through its Innovation and Enterprise Office, eight of which have been granted both in Brunei and internationally. UBD aims to leverage on its comparative niche advantages and major research projects in biodiversity, herbal medicine, halal products, Islamic governance and energy are ongoing, all of which are of particular interest nationally and are expected to have global impact.