Graduates recount best memories at UNISSA
| Azaraimy HH |
UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) presented 182 students with their respective degrees, diplomas and certificates in various fields yesterday, during the institution’s 7th Hafl Al-Takharruj (Convocation Ceremony) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.
This year witnessed one PhD graduate, 38 Master’s graduates, 14 Post-Graduate Diploma graduates and 98 Bachelor’s Degree graduates.
Meanwhile, two graduated from the Dirasat Islamiyyah Higher National Diploma, 23 from the Barnamij At-Tarqiyah Enhancement Certificate Programme and 11 from the Syariah Criminal Justice System Certificate programme.
The Bulletin talked to some graduates, including an international student from Malaysia, about their experiences while studying at UNISSA and their aspirations.
Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud (2nd L), this year’s University Book Award recipient, with her colleagues
One of them was Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud, this year’s University Book Award recipient and a top graduate from a double degree programme in Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Bachelor of Syariah Law (BSL).
“It’s been a wonderful five-year journey, and I am grateful for the chance to have undergone my third year at the International Islamic University of Malaysia,” she said.
On her double degree courses at UNISSA, Sabrina said, “The double degree courses allow me to study both sides of the law, which is quite fitting for those interested in Brunei’s dual justice system.
“Normally people will view the double degree courses as hectic and tough, considering we have three semesters in a year. But believe me, time passes very quickly. If you’re passionate about something, you won’t even feel tired,” she said.
On her favourite memories of UNISSA, she said, “This graduation is indeed one of my best memories, as I have been waiting for this day to receive my certificate from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. My dream came true today.
“Insya Allah, now that this five-year journey has ended, we will soon be heading off to another adventure. I hope to contribute back to the country, to the best of my capabilities.”
Her words of advice for aspiring students of further education: “Believe in yourself and don’t let any failures pull you down. Get back up stronger and achieve your aims. Maximise and utilise your capabilities, so that you can contribute back towards our country.”
Nurul Afiqah binti Mohd Rizan, a student from Malaysia
For Malaysian Nurul Afiqah binti Mohd Rizan, a private student who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic Language, UNISSA was her choice because of its prestige.
“After studying for four years, I am delighted with this success,” she told the Bulletin. “Insya Allah, I hope to further my studies in Malaysia. Studying at an Islamic university in Brunei provided me with a lot of valuable experiences.”
Pengiran Azirul Ridzuan bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak who graduated from Syariah Criminal Justice System Certificate programme says his studies will be valuable for his work in law enforcement. – PHOTOS: AZARAIMY HH
Another graduate, Pengiran Azirul Ridzuan bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak, who currently works in law enforcement, said the Syariah Criminal Justice System Certificate programme at UNISSA provided him and his fellow course mates an exposure to the Syariah justice system, ranging from the core principles of its legal processes to the procedural matters.
“The course was undertaken not just for the sake of acquiring academic theory, but will go much further in guiding us as we carry our duties and responsibilities, especially in terms of the enforcement of Syariah Law in the country as envisioned by His Majesty in gazetting in the Syariah Penal Code Order, to safeguard and assure the safety of our society in this world and in the hereafter,” he explained.
“Insya Allah, I will continue to further my studies to a higher level if the opportunity presents itself,” he added.
Abdul Muiz bin Haji Kadir who graduated in Arabic Language was elected as the President of the Students Representative Council 2014/2015
Abdul Muiz bin Haji Kadir, meanwhile, described student life at UNISSA as one of the best experiences of his life. The President of the Student Representative Council at UNISSA in 2014-2015, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic Language, also said UNISSA was a good preparatory platform for working life.
“The best thing about UNISSA is that you learn from the best. They always teach you something new apart from the module itself, and even motivate you,” he said. “UNISSA also provides opportunities to everyone to showcase and refine their talents in co-curriculum classes every afternoon on Wednesdays.”
Muhammad Abdul Syakur bin Haji Mohamad Shah