UNISSA eyes more cooperation with foreign universities
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) is scheduled to sign five more Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with foreign universities as part of its effort to establish academic linkages and raise its reputation in the international arena.
Currently, UNISSA has 54 strategic partners including its recent signing with six foreign universities last month, said UNISSA Rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal.
Dr Hj Norarfan told The Brunei Times that the MoU facilitates academic exchanges between students and teaching staff, as well as academic cooperation.
“The MoU will also enable UNISSA to produce more academic collaboration effectively with other international higher educational institutions such as collaboration in research, seminars and publication activities,” he said.
The rector also spoke about UNISSA’s plan to expand its research in various fields.
Since the establishment of the Public Higher Education Institutions Academic Staff Service Scheme in 2014, Dr Norarfan said the scheme encourages UNISSA academic staff to engage in research and publication.
The Brunei Times previously reported that under the scheme, academic staff at all levels will be required to meet key performance indicators to qualify for job promotions.
The key performance indicators are based on three criteria: learning, research and publication, as well as service to the university, community, country and the international community.
The scheme hopes to produce academics that will shine and excel in both their teachings and research.
“UNISSA is active in conducting research in collaboration with other universities such as Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where several books have been published on the development of Islam in Brunei and research on the administration and management of Zikir Nation,” he said.
“Our target is to publish five encyclopaedias on Zikir Nation within five years,” he said.
Currently two encyclopaedias have been published on Zikir Nation,” he added.
The rector went on to say that some of the other researches conducted by UNISSA’s academic staff have been published recently as part of the 26 new books launched at UNISSA’s Mahrajan Hafl Al-Takharruj convocation festival last month.
His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, in his capacity as UNISSA’s Pro-Chancellor launched the books.
The Brunei Times