Monday 9 th November 2020: Two hundred Ninety-Two (292) graduates received the Doctor of Philosophy ,Master and Bachelor Degrees as well as Diplomas in various disciplines at the 10 th Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Convocation this year, today on 9 th November 2020 .
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam as Chancellor of UNISSA graced and officiated the presentation of degrees and diplomas to the graduates at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, A total of 292 graduates received their certificates this year, including eight PhD graduates, 44 master’s degree holders, 187 undergraduates and 31 graduates of National Higher Diploma in the Syariah Criminal Justice System.Out of the total number, 26 graduates are international students from Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Palestine, Singapore, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Also present was His Royal Highness Prince Doctor Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Pro-Chancellor of UNISSA.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah announced the establishment of the new faculty of Islamic Technology during UNISSA’s 10 th convocation ceremony at the International Convention Centre on Monday.
The monarch, who is also UNISSA’s chancellor, said the faculty is based on Al-Quran as a source of knowledge for science and technology.He hoped that the new faculty will produce “high value research” and uncover more scientific developments from the Quran and Hadith.
UNISSA currently has five faculties – Usuluddin, Shariah and law, Arabic language, Islamic economics and finance as well as Islamic development management.
The sultan said the education needs in the last decade have changed in the current digital era. “In the digital age, the world of education requires different approaches to teaching and learning than ever before,” he said.
His Majesty reminded graduates to be more proactive and not just merely be observers.
“Seize all the opportunities available, instil in [yourself] the attitude of wanting to continuously develop because earning a degree is not the end to one’s quest to learning,” he said.
UNISSA rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal said the programmes are significant in the government’s efforts to develop the potential of individuals and the country’s economy based on the Quran and Sunnah.