Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Murni Yusoff posed before her viva voce
Alhamdulillah and praise is only to Allah SWT. The first viva voce for 2017 was held on Tuesday morning on 24 January 2017 at the C23, Conference Room of the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The first session of viva voce was for RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research) student who is also ISDEV ASTS (Academic Staff Training Scheme), Murni Yusoff. She had successfully defended her PhD thesis on Relationship Marketing Approach in Malaysian Takaful Companies: An Investigation from Islamic-Based Relationship Marketing Approach. Murni Yusoff has added the tally to ISDEV record of “Excellent PhD Thesis”.
Murni in action during her viva voce with do'a and backing of friends who stayed behind to support and motivate her
Her viva was held in the morning and was smooth flowing throughout. She showed her mastery of the subject and research as she was able to answer the questions posed to her rather matter-of-factly yet in the most relaxed mannerism possible exuding her strong grasp of her research throughout the viva. This had surely impressed her examiners. They also had unanimously agreed to award her with the highest, Scale "1".
Murni's Board of Examiners for her viva voce.
The chairperson for the Board of Examiners was Prof. Dr. Irfan Naufal Umar from the Centre For Instructional Technology and Multimedia (PTPM), USM. Meanwhile, Associate Professor Dr. Mustafa Omar Mohammed from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) was the external examiner. Her two internal examiners are Dr. Fadzilah Azni Ahmad and Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh while her main supervisor is ISDEV Director, Associate Professor Dr Zakaria Bahari.

Posing for the camera - ISDEV members after performing solat hajat prior to Murni Yusoff and Hidayah Marzuki viva.
Alhamdulillah, on the same day, once again another RISDEV student added the excellent record to ISDEV when Norhidayah Marzuki was also awarded with a Scale 1 in her viva voce regarding her research on The Method of Leadership and Strategic Planning in Quality Management of Islamic Development Institutions.

Norhidayah, another RISDEV student continues the tally of Grade 1 in viva voce
Norhidayah's viva voce was held in the afternoon on the same day. Hidayah with full of motivation and spirit impressed all the examiners by answering and performing outstandingly in her viva voce. The passion and will to excellently defend her PhD thesis was clearly displayed by her mannerism and determination during the viva. Hidayah who admired both her supervisor Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and her co-supervisor Dr Mohd Shukri Hanapi, said that they were the reason that influenced her to get Scale 1 as she was determed to follow their steps in conducting a good research.
Calm and energetic was the positive vibe shown by Hidayah Marzuki during her viva voce
The chairperson for the Board of Examiners was Prof. Dr. Jamilah Ahmad from the School of Communication, USM. In the meantime, Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosli who acted as the Acting Director was also the substitute for external examiner since Prof. Dr. Engku Ahmad Zaki Engku Alwi of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) could not be present at the viva with the permission from the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM. The two internal examiners were Dr. Zahri Ahmad and Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh. The chairperson of the viva voce, Prof. Dr. Jamilah Ahmad, announced that Hidayah passed her viva with flying colours and has added the tally to ISDEV records of “Excellent PhD Thesis”.
Hidayah's Board of Examiners for her viva
Congratulations Murni and Norhidayah!

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