Thursday, December 17, 2015


ISDEV family would like to congratulate three RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) students, Shereeza Mohamed Saniff, Kasyful Mahali and Mutiara Dwi Sari as the three of them had managed to consecutively passed their viva-voce with flying colours. All three were awarded with a Scale “1” as well as nominated for the “Best PhD Thesis” awards at least at the university’s level for their show of confidence yet cool and very calm disposition in defending their well written theses.
A grateful Shereeza (seated second from left) with her board of examiners.
The first candidate, Shereeza Mohamed Saniff defended her viva-voce on 4 December 2015 at C06, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Shereeza defended her thesis on "A Conceptual Analysis of Islamic-Based Development Actor" (Satu Analisis Konseptual Pelaku Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam”).The board of examiners for her viva-voce consisted of Professor Dr. Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi as Chairman, Dr. Wan Norhaniza Wan Hasan as Director's Representative, Associate Professor Dr. Mustafa Omar Mohammed from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) as her External Examiner while Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari from ISDEV and Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Aziz Hussin from the School of Housing, Building and Planning (HBP) USM served as her Internal Examiners. ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh is her main supervisor while Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad is her co-supervisor.
A relieved Kasyful (seated second from left) was all smiles after his viva.
The second candidate was Kasyful Mahali with his thesis on “Perancangan Kota Medan: Suatu Kajian daripada Perspektif Prinsip Pembangunan Berteraskan Islam” (Development Planning of Medan City: A Study from Islamic-based Development Principles Perspective) while his board of examiners consisted of Professor Dr. Ahmad Sanusi Hassan (Chairman), Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan as the Director's Representative and Professor Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) as his External Examiner. Meanwhile the Internal Examiners consisted of Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Zahri Hamat. His viva-voce was held on 9 December 2015. His main supervisor is Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and his co-supervisor is Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad too. 
Mutiara Dwi Sari in action defending her PhD thesis during her viva.
Mutiara Dwi Sari or also known as “Ibu Wiwik” among ISDEV members defended her viva-voce on 11 December 2015 which was held at the same place with the other two candidates. She defended her PhD thesis on Personaliti Pengguna Muslim dan Pengaruhnya terhadap Pemilihan Institusi Perbankan Islam di Kabupaten Kampar, Provonsi Riau, Indonesia” (Personality of Muslim Consumers and Its Influence on The Islamic Banking Institutions Preference in Kampar Regency, Riau Province, Indonesia). Her board of examiners consisted of Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Mokhtar Saidin (Chairman), Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi as Director's Representative, Professor Dr. Abdullah@Alwi Haji Hassan from Asia e University (AeU) as her External Examiner while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh served as Internal Examiners. Her main supervisor is Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari.
A group photo after the performance of the nawafil solat hajat congregationally at Masjid al Malik Khalid USM.
As usual and true to ISDEV tradition, two strict routines were carried out to prepare the candidates intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Mock viva and the performance of the nawafil solat hajat congregationally amongst ISDEV members at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid were carried out earlier prior to each candidates’s viva. This is indeed a blessed routine, a reminder to candidates and ISDEV students, to be conscious of Allah SWT at all times and seek for Allah SWT help in facing the potentially gruelling viva-voce.

With the three consecutive outstanding success of ISDEV candidates, it is hoped that these excellent achievements are inspiration to other ISDEV students to continue to work hard to achieve excellence not only for individual's sake but also for the sake of Islam.

Congratulations to all 3 Candidates - Shereeza, Kasyful and Mutiara Dwi Sari!

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