On 30 January 2015, news of ISDEV delegates, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Dr. Zakaria Bahari, Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan and Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan was published in the The Brunei Times newsapaper.
The four delegates who had their respective roles in doing research collaborations with researchers in Brunei Darussalam were given the opportunity to hold meetings and discussions in their respective areas of research study.
According to the Brunei Times, Prof. Syukri Salleh and Dr. Wan Norhaniza, who are embarking on the research regarding Policies of Islamic-Based Development in the Context of Zikir Nation in Brunei Darussalam, had the opportunity to hold a series of discussions with their research-in-collaboration partners, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) led by Dr. Siti Sara Haji Ahmad, Dean of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation.
|Dr Wan Norhaniza (left) receiving gifts from the Rector of UNISSA Dr. Haji Norarfan Haji Zainal (centre)|
The purpose of such meetings were to discuss the details of the Islamic-Based Development Index as an indicator to measure and evaluate the development of Brunei Darussalam based on Islamic teachings. Besides, the discussions they were also there to present their research papers related to Islamic-Based Development Index.
It is felt that since the Islamic-based Index is considered to be something new in Brunei Darussalam, the impact of the research is of great importance and significance as it can help the country to gauge and achieve Vision 2035 of Brunei Darussalam.
|ISDEV researchers at the Jabatan Perancangan dan Kemajuan Ekonomi (JPKE) Brunei Darussalam|
Dr. Zakaria and Dr. Shahir Akram who were also in Brunei Darussalam for their research endeavours also held discussions with their research-in-collaboration partners. For Dr. Shahir Akram, this is his maiden visit to Brunei took the opportunity to discuss as well as collect data for his research on Application of Rukyah and Hisab in Southeast Asia under his inaugural grant that he was awarded with recently. Dr. Zakaria also did not miss a beat in embarking his research on Application of Istibdal Waqf in Development: A Comparative Study of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia by holding joint discussions with his co-researchers from UNISSA.