Friday, November 25, 2016

INGRAW 2016 : A RESOUNDING SUCCESS


The participants of INGRAW 2016
Alhamdulillah, indeed praise is to Allah SWT, the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), with the cooperation of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM had successfully organized the 11th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop 2016 (INGRAW 2016). The two-day annual workshop which is the 11th in series was held on 19 and 20 October, 2016 at the University Conference Hall (DPU) of USM. It was held with the focused aim to provide the platform for  postgraduate research students boh at the Master and PhD levels to present and share their researches on Islam to fellow participants. 
Opening ceremony graced by the new Vice-Chancellor of USM, Prof. Datuk Asma Ismail
INGRAW 2016 was honoured to have the new Vice-Chancellor of USM, Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, to grace and officiate the opening of INGAW 2016 and to officially launch the publication of seven edited books by ISDEV. In the modestly-held ceremony, Prof Datuk Asma congratulated the annual joint effort of ISDEV and IPS in their commitment to organise this international-standing workshop for postgraduate students as well as the publication of the selected papers from INGRAW 2016.

The cover of the seven edited books launched at INGRAW2016.
In the same vein, she posed some challenges to ISDEV to be more tech-savvy in reaching the masses. The use of e-books and three-minute videos to showcase students' research interests should be the way forward today to reach the people at large. Prof. Datuk Dr Asma also reminded the need for students to be holistic in their pursuit for knowledge as well as the need to hone their entrepreneur skills while keeping up at all times with the advancement in technology.
Overly full housed - The 11th INGRAW 2016 in session at DPU, USM
This year's success of INGRAW 2016 was also the result of the tirelessly effort of all the members of its Organising Committee who had managed, among other things, to reap the he lp of government departments and bodies as well as corporate entities to be a significant part INGRAW 2016with their generous contributions whether in terms of monetarily form or in kind. INGRAW 2016 took the opportunity to thank these sponsors during the Opening Ceremony.
Representatives from government  bodies and corporate organization receiving a token of appreciation for their generous contributions from ISDEV Director, Prof. Syukri Salleh.
INGRAW 2016 is a platform for postgraduate students to develop their writing skills and challenge their capabilities in developing new ideas in various fields on Islam for examples Islamic Economics, Islamic Banking and Finance, Islamic Management, Islamic Political Economy, Islamic Asset Management, Islamic Human Development, Islamic Research Methodology and many more. In helping the students to achieve such feat, resource persons from within USM as well as from other universities consisting of ISDEV Alumni students had been appointed to read the students' paper prior to INGRAW 2016 and to give their feedback and comments during the concurrent sessions on how their papers could be improved further. 
Part of the concurrent sessions at INGRAW 2016
For the first time ever in the INGRAW series, there was the "Best Paper Award" to deserving students whose papers were found to be excellently written and presented. The Award was presented for the first, second and third placing. For this year's INGRAW 2016, the "Best Paper Award" went to  all three MISDEV 15.1 (ISDEV Postgraduate by Mixed-Mode) students. The winner was Halimatus Sa'adiah Yusoff while the second and third place went to Faris Murtadha Fazial and Mohd Norfarahim Roslan.
The three MISDEV15.1 students who won the Best Paper Award at INGRAW 2016.

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