Friday, March 3, 2017


Pak Isnaini at his mock viva held at ISDEV open library.
Alhamdulillah, the time has finally come. Two RISDEV (ISDEV Postgraduate by Research Mode) students are getting ready to present their theses in viva after struggling for five to eight years in completing their PhD thesis writing. Two candidates were tested during mock viva that was held at Building D04, ISDEV open library on 23rd February 2017. The first candidate was Isnaini or known as Pak Isnaini and the second candidate was Norhayati Abdullah.
Norhayati Abdullah at her mock viva.
The second candidate that had been tested for mock viva was Norhayati Abdullah. Norhayati took eight years since 2008 to complete her PhD thesis writing titled "Kriteria Penilaian Penarafan Sukuk di Rating Agensi Malaysia (RAM)" (Assessment of Sukuk Rating Criteria in Rating Agency Malaysia (RAM)).
Posing for the camera - ISDEV members after performing Solat Hajat prior to Pak Isnaini and Norhayati Abdullah viva.
Praise to Allah SWT, ISDEV members once again congregated at 8.45 a.m at Masjid Al-Malik Khalid USM to perform the Solat Hajat with intention of seeking Allah SWT help to guide both candidates in their viva which take place in the morning and afternoon sessions.
In action - Pak Isnaini presenting his PhD research
On 24th February 2017, the first candidate of viva-voce took place at Ibn Khaldun room, IPS at 9.30 a.m. Pak Isnaini took 5 years to complete his PhD thesis writing titled "Pelaksanaan Jaminan Akad Pembiayaan Mudharabah Industri Kecil Sederhana di Bank Sumut Syariah, Indonesia Kota Medan" (Execution of Mudharabah Financing Guarantee Agreement of Small Medium Industries in Bank Sumut Syariah Indonesia, Medan). The significant advantage of his research is he has put an effort to develop moral values in order to solely follow Islam regulation in every aspect such as legislative in Islamic finance.
Pak Isnaini with all the examiners after the completion of his viva.
The results of the meeting with all the examiners did not take much time to decide and awarded Pak Isnaini with Scale 1, which is the highest scale in a viva voce. His viva was conducted by Professor Dr. Abdul Gani Kanesan Abdullah (School of Educational Studies, USM) as the Chairman. The External Examiner was Profesor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from University of Malaya (UM), and two Internal Examiners were Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad (USM), and Dr. Mohd Syakir Mohd Rosdi (USM).
In action - Norhayati Abdullah defended her thesis with confidence.
In the afternoon, the viva voce continued with the second candidate who is under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zakaria Bahari and co-supervisor Dr. Zahri Hamat. Norhayati created another triumphant moment when her PhD thesis was not only awarded with a Scale 1 but her thesis was also nominated for the Best Thesis Award which was decided and agreed to by all the examiners.     
Norhayati with all the Board of Examiners.
The Board of Examiners comprise of the chairperson, Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah from School of Educational Studies (USM), while the External Examiner was Professor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from University of Malaya (UM) and two Internal Examiners who were Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad from ISDEV.

Congratulations Isnaini and Norhayati!

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