Monday, November 17, 2014


In conjunction with the 50th Convocation Ceremony of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), the Research and Innovation Division of USM held a Research Excellent Showcase from 4 to 9 November 2014 at Eureka Complex, USM. 

The exhibition was officiated by USM Chancellor, D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail. It showcased more than 20 research products providing information on the various research embarked by USM to staff and students as well as the public that came to view the exhibits. 

The opening ceremony

As the latest Research Centre of Excellence (CoE) in USM, ISDEV was given the honour to participate and join in the foray of excellence. This is ISDEV inaugural participation at the highly regarded exhibition. ISDEV took the opportunity to display the various research as well as achievements received by ISDEV since its establishment in 2005. ISDEV fervent commitment to raise its image as well as that of Islam was aptly exhibited at ISDEV Booth.

ISDEV Director, Prof. Muhammad Syukri (2nd from left) shares with Pehin Hj Awang Abdul Rahman (left)
the exhibits presented at ISDEV booth
In addition, ISDEV also took the opportunity to showcase an animated video of the proposed new ISDEV building designed by ISDEV appointed Advisor, Bruneian, Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim. The building  is set to be one of ISDEV biggest achievements following ISDEV upgrade to a CoE on 17 April 2014.
All eyes were on Prof. Syukri as he gave further explanation about ISDEV to the guests from Brunei Darussalam.

One of the most unique features of the proposed ISDEV building is that it is set to be a Waqf-based building (Waqf-based ISDEV Complex). The Waqf-based ISDEV Complex has been specially designed to not only focus on academic use but is also set to be equipped with other visitor-friendly spaces such as musolla, nursery, banquet hall, hotel rooms, as well as some commercial units.

USM Vice Chancellor giving some explanations to DYMM Chancellor during His Majesty and Her Majesty
visit to ISDEV Booth.

ISDEV was also truly honoured by the willingness of D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullai and D.Y.M.M Tuanku Raja Perempuan Perlis Tengku Fauziah binti Tengku Abdul Rashid to spend time visiting ISDEV Booth.

The Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam (right) browsing one of the many titles published through the 
ISDEV Paper Series while Prof Syukri (left) looks on.

Prof Syukri (left) is seen here with UNISSA Rektor Dr. Haji Norarfan Haji Zainal (centre) and Dr Mohd Shukri (right).

ISDEV was doubly honoured with the visitation of other distinguished guests including the Minister of Education of Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Orang Kaya Kerna Dato 'Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong; Vice Chancellor of USM, Professor Dato' Dr. Omar Osman, Executive Director of Abdul Razak Holdings (ARH), Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim, Rektor of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr. Haji Norarfan Haji Zainal; Vice Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Datuk Dr. Zulkarnain Hanafi, Editor of Brunei Times Group, Tuan Haji Bujang Haji Masu'ut, as well as officers from USM and the government of Brunei Darussalam.

A resolute stand to forge a strong and lasting ukhuwwah between ISDEV and the delegates from Brunei Darussalam. 

For those who are far and away from Pulau Pinang and had missed ISDEV Booth at the USM Research Excellence Showcase, you may click the link below to watch the animated rendition of the impressive soon-to-be-built Waqf-based ISDEV Complex.

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