UNISSA fetes exemplary students
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THIRTY-EIGHT students of Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday received special honours during a graduation dinner reception held in conjunction with the university’s sixth Hafl Al-Takharruj (convocation) at the Brunei Arts and Handicrafts Training Centre.
Mariyam Zoona, a Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance degree graduate, was the sole recipient of the University Medal this year, while 37 other students from different university levels, courses and faculties received book prizes.
This year, no one received the Chancellor Medal, Pro-Chancellor Medal or the Rector Medal.
Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman presented the medal and book prizes to the recipients.
Speaking at the dinner, UNISSA Assistant Rector Dr Arman Hj Asmad said the recipients were carefully evaluated.
Besides academic achievements, the other elements considered include the credibility and personality of the students, as well as their active participation in extra-curricular activities.
Dr Arman said they hope the recognition would inspire the recipients to achieve their ambitions.
During the event, UNISSA also signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with representatives from six foreign universities — the Islamic University of Maldives (IUM), the Egyptian University for Islamic Culture, Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Fateh Palembang, Kolej Pengajian Islam Johor (MARSAH), the National University of Malaysia (UKM), and Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka (KUIM).
UNISSA Rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal signed all the MoUs on behalf of the university, and all six signings were witnessed by YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.
In a statement, UNISSA said the signing of the MoUs was in line with the university’s efforts to introduce itself as a broad Islamic university in Brunei to the international world, and at the same time boost its reputation and ranking in the field of education globally.
In his speech, Dr Arman said that under the MoU, various activities, including student exchanges, will be carried out as part of UNISSA’s efforts to become a centre of academic excellence. Other collaborations — such as academic personnel exchange, conduct of seminars, workshops and trainings, and joint research and publication activities which promote both UNISSA and the six foreign universities — will also take place, he said.
The Brunei Times