Indonesian Islamic institute keen to learn from KUPU SB

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MEMBERS of Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin Banten (IAIN-SMH), an Islamic institute from Indonesia, visited the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) yesterday to discuss possible collaborations.

The group comprised IAIN-SMH’s Rector Professor Dr Hj Fauzul Iman and his wife, two officials and 19 students.

The professor shared his interest in working with KUPU SB.

“We (IAIN-SMH) hope to have activities that we can conduct with KUPU SB, whether it is on teaching or language programmes or other activities that we can benefit from,” he said in an interview with The Brunei Times.

He also extended an invitation to KUPU SB, “If we can work together, maybe one day they (KUPU SB) can come and visit Banten. We welcome them.”

Ahmad Hj Nurmaki, a student from IAIN-SMH said he was happy to be in Brunei as he was able to learn a lot about KUPU SB’s mission and vision.

“We are interested in KUPU SB because it concentrates on Tarbiyyah. I hope there will be a relationship between IAIN-SMH and KUPU SB,” said the student.

In regards to the students’ interest, Ustaz Hj Mohd Syahiran Hj Mohd Sofian, KUPU SB’s dean of student affairs commented, “Most of the students are interested to continue studying to PhD level.

“They asked us questions on how we teach and how to enrol into KUPU SB.

“They are also attracted to KUPU SB because our institution produces teachers in the Islamic field,” he added.

The dean added that the group was impressed with the institution’s facility.

“They were very impressed during their visit around KUPU SB. Despite the fact that our institution is small, it is very clean,” he said.

“They showed interest with our dress code ethics too. We have uniforms and we have a dress code especially when you have to visit the office,” he added.

Also involved in the visit were students from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) who helped in coordinating the visit.

“One of their objectives is to learn the Islamic values and teaching in Brunei and to see how our higher institutions in the Islamic area teach.

“That is why we organise these visits,” said Nur Sahkina Rosli, a masters’ student in Usuluddin.

UNNISSA student, Noramalina Khairul Anuar said the visitors were also keen to know more on the development of Islam in Brunei.

The professor was invited to attend the sixth Hafl Al-Takharruj at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

The Brunei Times