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.
|Musmuliadi Kamaruding presents his findings at the conference.|