Oman embassy donates 500 books to UNISSA

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday launched the Oman Publications Corner at its library after the Oman embassy donated 500 books to the varsity.

Ambassador of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Ahmed Hashil Al-Maskari said the publications cover history, geography, culture, tradition, literature and heritage of the Arab country.

In his speech, he said some of the books were written by prominent Omani scholars.

The books are aimed at fostering the love for reading among Bruneian youth and to support the the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ initiative in producing a nation of readers.

“Such intellectual initiatives help to shed some light on the diversity of cultures.

“It helps us learn just a little bit more about the other, thus progressively moving towards a reconciliation of cultures,” he added.

The ambassador said this is in line with both governments’ policies that believe in the values of tolerance, understanding and co-existence.

He went on to say the book donations reflect the cooperation of the Oman embassy and UNISSA.

Four UNISSA students were on Oman scholarship to study Arabic language for eight weeks last year.

“We look forward to another batch of four students from the university studying Arabic in Oman this year.”

UNISSA Rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal said the university was honoured to receive the books and hoped the donations will be utilised by members of the public.

He said UNISSA, through its Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation Faculty, recently sent students to Sultan Qaboos College in Oman to study the Arabic language for two months.

“The course is intended to sharpen the students’ Arabic language skills and gain experience of communicating with the locals.”

Present to launch the Oman Publications Corner was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.

The Brunei Times