Friday, April 29, 2016

ISDEV GRADUATION NITE 2016 HONOURS 38 GRADUANDS

In conjunction of the 53rd Convocation Ceremony of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) celebrates the momentous occasion with a Majlis Malam Graduasi ISDEV 2016 (ISDEV Graduation Nite 2016). The moderately simple ceremony was held at Eureka Building, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 28 April 2016 to commemorate the successful completion of 34 MISDEV14 (ISDEV Postgraduates by Mixed-Mode) students and four RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students in their studies with ISDEV.
The graduands with their family members and ISDEV members.
34 of them had successfully completed their mixed-mode programme, Master in Social Science (Islamic Development Management) while the other four had completed their Doctorate Degree in Islamic Development Management. At the event besides the students, ISDEV lecturers as well as the graduands' family members and their parents, loved ones and relatives were also there to join in the celebration of excellence.
ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri reminding students
to take a proactive stance in staying in touch with ISDEV
As a symbol to the opening ceremony of the event, upon the launch of the graduation nite by ISDEV Director, Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, a multimedia presentation on the students' life as a postgraduate student of ISDEV was screened. 
Prof Syukri presenting the certificates to one of the MISDEV14 students.
It was then followed by the presentation of certificates for “Excellent Dissertation” and “Excellent PhD Thesis Award” by ISDEV Director to the 29 graduates in recognition of their excellence in academic writing. 
Dr Shereeza receiving her certificate and award f rom Prof Syukri.

This includes the four excellent PhD thesis award received by Dr. Shereeza Mohamed Saniff, Dr. Mutiara Dwi Sari, Dr. Khatijah Othman and Dr. Kasyful Mahali.

Besides, the award presentation ceremony, guests were also entertained with a Deklamasi Sajak (Malay Poetry Recital) on Semusim di ISDEV by Ustaz Afnan who had composed the said poem himself. The poem succinctly described his short three semesters experience as a student of ISDEV which nonethelss was able to transform him and his batchmates for life. A nasyeed performance led by ISDEV senior lecturer, Dr Mohd Syakir on ISDEV theme song Sunnah Orang Berjuang  prompted all ISDEV members to nasyeed along in unison. 
Dr Wan Norhaniza (centre) with her supervisees.
Before adjourning the event, Prof. Syukri in his closing speech reminded graduands to take a proactive stance in staying in touch with ISDEV. He discerned that there are three basic patterns of ISDEV Alumni but expressed his sentiments that rightly every ISDEV Alumni should follow one type, that is, those whose heart and thoughts of ISDEV are etched closely in their hearts and mind and that they take the time and effort to keep ISDEV informed of their life after ISDEV. The programme ended with group photo session.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MAKING THE CUT: 5 MORE GET THE NOD

Five RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students presented either their final draft of PhD theses or PhD proposals at Dewan Kuliah A, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 22 April 2016. The programme was divided into the morning and afternoon sessions with three candidates in the morning session while another two presented their PhD proposals during the afternoon session.
PU Ustaz Taha Mohd Omar presenting his final draft PhD thesis.
For the morning session, the first candidate was PU Ustaz Taha Mohd Omar with his final draft PhD thesis on "The Islamic Capital Market: Shariah Screening Methodology by the Securities Commission of Malaysia”. He is currently a student under the supervision of Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh. His final draft was evaluated by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. 
Isnaini sharing the findings of his research during his presentation.
The second candidate was Isnaini. He presented his final draft PhD thesis entitled “Pelaksanaan Jaminan Aqad Pembiayaan Mudharabah terhadap Usaha Kecil Menengah di Bank Sumut Syariah Indonesia, Kota Medan” (The Implementation of Mudharabah Financing Contract Guarantee on Small and Medium Enterprises at Bank Sumut Syariah Indonesia, Medan). He is currently under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad evaluated his final draft presentation.
Mohd Adli Zahri in full spirit presenting his PhD thesis proposal.
Mohd Adli Zahri was the third candidate that presented his thesis's proposal on “Gelagat Pemilihan Pelaburan Dana Amanah Islam (DAI) dalam Kalangan Pelabur Muslim di Kelantan” (Selection Behavior of Islamic Trust Fund Investment (DAI) Amongst Muslims Investors in Kelantan). Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari is his main supervisor while Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan served as his evaluator. 
The student under the supervision of Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad, Hayati Salleh presenting
her PhD thesis proposal which focus on Islamic-based green building management.
The second session continue after the break for Jumaat prayer with the fourth candidate, Hayati Salleh with her PhD proposal on "Asas-Asas Pengurusan Bangunan Hijau Berteraskan Islam: Kajian ke atas Kompleks Suleymaniye” (Principles of Islamic-based Green Building Management: Study on Suleymaniye Complex). She is currently supervised by Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad while Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi took the responsibility to evaluate her PhD Thesis proposal. 
Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari (standing left) giving his comment and views as to
how Shahrinizam (seated right) could improve his PhD thesis.
The last candidate to present his PhD thesis proposal is currently a student under the supervision of Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. Sharinizam Mohd. Amin presented the proposal on "Hubungan Penentu Pemilihan dengan Kepuasan Ibu Bapa terhadap Kemasukan Pelajar ke Institusi Pendidikan Ikram Musleh” (Relationship Determinants of Parents' Selection to that of Satisfaction on Students' Admission to Ikram Musleh Educational Institutions). This thesis proposal was evaluated by Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari. 

As usual a Q&A session took place after each presentation. Finally, each candidate was able to have a sigh of grateful relief when all the lecturers agreed to give endorsement for them to proceed to the next level of their PhD theses proper.

Congratulations to all five RISDEV students!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A NAS A WEEK - 18 RAJAB1437

This (Qur'an) is guidance. And those who have disbelieved in the verses of their Lord will have a painful punishment of foul nature [al-Jathiyah, 45:11].

Saturday, April 23, 2016

THE TALLY OF GRADE 1 IN VIVA VOCE CONTINUES

ISDEV received good news in the arena of viva voce of its two RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students. Wan Khairul Aiman Wan Mokhtar has added the tally to ISDEV records of "Excellent PhD Thesis". He was awarded Grade 1 (the highest scale accorded to by Universiti Sains Malaysia for a viva) by the Board of Examiners during his viva on Monday, 18 April 2016 at C06 Conference Room, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Wan Khairul Aiman Wan Mokhtar defending his thesis with calm disposition.
His viva which was held at 9:30 a.m. saw him defending his PhD thesis on "Tasawwur Pembangunan dalam Kitab Sahih Al-Bukhary: Kajian Al-Hadith Al-Mawdu'iy" (The Development Worldview in Sahih Al- Bukhara: A Thematic Study of the Hadith) with a very cool, calm and collected disposition. The Board of Examiners unanimously agreed that his PhD thesis deserved a nomination as an excellent PhD thesis.
Wan Khairul Aiman with his Board of Examiners.
The Board of Examiners consisted of the Chairperson, Professor Dr. Ruslan Rainis from School of Humanities, USM, External Examiner, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Che Zarrina Sa'ari from Department of Akidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (UM) and two Internal Examiners who were Dr. Zahri Hamat and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. In the meantime Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh as the Director of ISDEV and Wan Khairul Aiman's main supervisor Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi  were also present.
Ahmad Nizam defending his thesis and answering all the questions from
the Board of Examiners with utmost calmness. 
Meanwhile, the next day, 19 April 2016, Ahmad Nizam from Acheh Indonesia or famously known as Pak Nizam among ISDEV members defended his PhD thesis on "Gaya Hidup Pengguna Muslim dalam Memilih Perbankan Syariah di Banda Acheh-Indonesia" (Muslim Consumer Lifestyle in Selecting Shariah Banking in Banda Acheh - Indonesia).
Ahmad Nizam with the Board of Examiners after the viva-voce and his wife (seated right) 
The viva started at 9.30 a.m. and the Board of Examiners took the opportunity to bombard Pak Nizam with a variety of questions. The Chairperson for the viva was Professor Dr. Ruslan Rainis from School of Humanities, USM. The External Examiner was Professor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (UM) while his two Internal Examiners were Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad. His main supervisor Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari and his co-supervisor Associate Professor Dr. Norzarina Mohd Zaharim were also present. Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi represented ISDEV Director. Pak Nizam was not the least discouraged by the questions fielded and was able to defend his thesis superbly well. He  finally was able to breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing the great good news that he had been awarded Grade "2" for his PhD Thesis.

As the culture in ISDEV prior to any viva, there are two routines that are strictly adhered to prepare students spiritually, emotionally, physically as well as intellectually. First is a mock viva which is usually held on the eve of the viva. Both of them had their mock viva on Friday, 15 April 2016.
After performing solat hajat for both candidates
at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid USM
The second routine is performing the solat hajat congregationally amongst ISDEV members. As the two viva was scheduled back to back, solat hajat for Wan Khairul Aiman and Pak Nizam was held on Monday morning. ISDEV members congregated at 8.30 a.m. at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid USM to perform the solat hajat together with a focused intention of seeking Allah SWT help to guide both candidates are sitting for their viva later that day and the next day.

Congratulations Wan Khairul Aiman and Pak Nizam!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

3 FINAL DRAFT PhD THESES TO PROCEED WITH SUBMISSION

On the blessed Friday morning and afternoon of 15 April 2016, three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students, Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz, Mohd Syahmir Alias and Nurhidayah Marzuki presented the final draft of their PhD theses. More than 50 ISDEV members consisting of ISDEV lecturers as well as students attended the ISDEV Graduate Discourse that was held at the C06, Conference Room, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Azreen Hamiza sharing her findings before ISDEV members.
The first candidate, Azreen Hamiza Abdul Aziz who is also an ISDEV ASTS (Academic Staff Training Scheme) student presented her final draft on “Conceptualizing Islamic Hospitality Management”. She is currently under the supervision of Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad evaluated her final draft.
A thoroughly researched subject as commented by Dr. Fadzila Azni,
Mohd Syahmir shows how well he knows his research. 
The afternoon session saw the next two candidates presenting their final theses. The second candidate, Mohd Syahmir Alias presented on ‘Bebas Nilai dalam Penyelidikan Saintifik: Kajian dari Perspektif Perkaedahan Penyelidikan Berteraskan Islam’ (Value-Free in Scientific Research: Study from the Islamic Research Methodology Perspective). He is currently under the supervision of Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad serves as his final PhD draft evaluator. 
Hidayah's turn to offer her findings to ISDEV members.
The last candidate, Nurhidayah Marzuki presented on “Kaedah Kepimpinan Perancangan Strategik dalam Pengurusan Kualiti di Institusi Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam: Kajian Kes di Brunei Darussalam’ (Strategic Planning Leadership Methods of Quality Management in Islamic-based Development Institutions: Case Study in Brunei Darussalam). Her main supervisor is Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad while Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi serves as her co-supervisor. Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan evaluated her final draft.
All in white - Comments and views given by ISDEV lecturers to one of the candidates.
The three candidates tried their best to explain in detail the contents of their theses. Scores of questions to them ensued their presentations which included questions fielded by ISDEV lecturers and students. Views and comments were also shared with the candidates for them to further improve their final draft theses before submission to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM.
ISDEV students take the opportunity to give their full attention towards the presentations.
After a detailed evaluation and comments given by ISDEV lecturers, all of three of them received the good news that they could proceed to the next stage of their PhD theses with modifications to be carried out based on the feedback given by the evaluators. 

Congratulations to Azreen, Syahmir and Hidayah!

Monday, April 18, 2016

A NAS A WEEK - 11 RAJAB 1437

Iyad ibn Ghanam reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever intends to advise one with authority, then he should not do so publicly. Rather, he should take him by the hand and advise him in seclusion. If he accepts the advice, then all is well. If he does not accept it, then he has fulfilled his duty.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 14909; Grade: Sahih (authentic)]

Friday, April 15, 2016

ISDEV POISED TO ADMINISTER HAJJ RESEARCH CLUSTER

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) plans to offer Hajj and Umrah Management courses at the postgraduate level through the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) in the near future. Vice-Chancellor of USM, Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman said this at a press conference after the opening of the Regional Conference on Hajj 2016 (RCHAJJ'16) at Gurney Resort Hotel and Residence, Pulau Pinang on 6 April 2016.

RCHAJJ'16 was officiated by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Department, YB Senator Dato' Dr. Asyraf Wajdi bin Dato' Dusuki. He welcomed such intellectual meet on Hajj and Umrah that aimed to discuss the results of various researches conducted by scholars and experienced scientists from various countries for the operational management of the hajj pilgrims.
Prof. Syukri (2nd from right) with YB. Senator Dato' Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dato' Dusuki (centre) and USM Vice Chancellor,
Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman (2nd from left).
According to Prof. Dato' Dr. Omar Osman, the sustainability of research on hajj is seen as a contribution from USM for the management of hajj and umrah to pilgrims in the future. He explained that this would also strengthen the Hajj Research Cluster administered by ISDEV through USM's collaboration of expertise with other public universities such as Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Such endeavours involve cross-sectors and multidisciplinary expertise to pursue research for a variety of issues related to the management of pilgrims especially during the hajj season. 
VC chairs the Joint Meeting with dignitaries from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
He further added that the issues focused in the various researches on hajj embarked upon included the transfer, supervision and management of crowd as well as health problems and management. The results of such studies would enhance the safety levels, health and management of hajj procedures simultaneously providing added comfort to the hajj pilgrims so the pilgrims can focus on the pilgrimage itself.

Approximately 130 academicians, researchers and those involved with hajj management from Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia participated in RCHAJJ'16 organised by the Hajj Cluster.
Standing tall to provide the best  for hajj pilgrims through sustainability research on hajj.
A photo session with foreign dignitaries after the Joint Meeting.

Prof. Dato' Dr. Omar acknowledged that it was not easy to deal with people, especially those related to health and safety in view that hajj is an event that gathers the most number of Muslims from all around the world. However he expressed his hopes that the existence of the Hajj Research Cluster will enable a resolution or policy from a different perspective to be produced in the management, health sciences, technological advances and psycho-social of hajj and umrah that will be of great benefit to the government, all parties involved in the management of hajj and umrah and the pilgrims. He added that the input from scholars and practitioners who conduct field studies and are involved in crowd management can certainly add-on to the information database in search for the best solution that can be offered pertaining to hajj.
Musmuliadi Kamaruding presents his findings at the conference.
In the meantime, ISDEV was honoured to have its sole RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by research) student, Musmuliadi Kamaruding to be part of RCHAJJ'16 as one of the presenters. Musmuliadi who is currently pursuing his PhD on Islamic-based Crowd Management, presented his paper on “Conceptualising Islamic-based Crowd Management - The Case of Hajj Pilgrims”.