Our students rely on technology for studying but not for reading Al-Quran

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITY students in the Sultanate rely heavily on technology for studying but still prefer reading the physically bound Al-Quran instead of digital versions when learning about Islam.

According to a recent survey of 104 Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students examining how closely ‘Generation Y’ in Brunei - generally categorised as those born from 1980 to 1995 – are to their global counterparts in how they learn, youth in Brunei showed a strong preference to learning Al-Quran in Arabic rather than translated versions.

The students’ desire to learn Arabic is rooted in their desire to comprehend the messages contained in the Al-Quran in their original form, the study said, with majority also preferring to learn the Quran through a “more practical and interactive way”, rather than relying solely on technology - which differs from the global Generation Y characteristic of widely utilising technology for learning purposes.

In almost all other aspects of technology use the students surveyed adhered to well indentified Generation Y characteristics, with the study citing that the majority of students used their phones for more than 10 hours a day, checking their phones every 15 minutes even though it did not ring.

The study also observed that students highly valued a classroom environment and learning experience that is “open” and “fun”, with over 80 per cent of students being against very serious classroom setting, also wanting an environment where they can express their views without any stigmatisation.

Despite liking an interactive classroom setting, 77 per cent of students preferred to study alone, which contradicts a well-studied Generation Y characteristic of seeking collaborative learning.

As Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) is the nation and UBD’s core philosophy, the study suggested the use of the Al-Quran “as common base to teach values to the diverse cultures represented by students of different nationalities”.

The analysis completed by two lecturers and two post graduate students from UBD and published in the Journal of International Education Studies, also highlights that many aims of the United National, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) – including the values of peace, non-discrimination, equality, justice and non-violence – are contained in Quran.

Ninety per cent of students surveyed were Muslim, with 83 per cent of Bruneian nationality.

International students numbered were numbered at 14 per cent; nine from Asia and the remaining from Africa and Europe.

The Brunei Times