Praise to Allah SWT for the success of three RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidates, Nor Hatizal Amarul Shah, Salimah Yahaya and Ahmad Shaifful Anuar in their viva voce on two consecutive days on 3 and 4 August 2017. Their viva took place at C23, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and were divided into morning and afternoon session. Viva voce is a big step in completing their Ph.D research journey after struggling for nearly 3 years to complete their research. As an ISDEV regular practice, a mock viva prior to the viva voce takes place in order to challenge their capability on defending their PhD thesis.
|Norhatizal with her full attention before answering questions during her viva session|
On 3rd August 2017, The first candidate, Nor Hatizal Amarul Shah defended her PhD thesis titled "Penentu Pemilihan Pembiayaan Perumahan Musyarakh Mutanaqisah dalam Kalangan Pengguna Perbankan Islam". The chairman for her viva was Profesor Dr. Abdul Ghani Kanesan bin Abdullah from the School of Education Studies, USM while the External Examiner was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmady bin Haris from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Her two Internal Examiners were Dr. Fadzila Azni binti Ahmad from ISDEV, USM and Dr. Nailul Morad bin Mohd Nor from School of Distance Education, USM. Her main supervisor is Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari and her co-supervisor Dr. Nor Asmat binti Ismail, were also present on the day.
Second candidate, Salimah Yahya faced her viva voce in the afternoon session. She was tested on the knowledge of her Ph.D thesis on "Faktor-faktor yang mempengaruhi penerimaan usahawan kecil Muslim di Kelantn terhadp Ar-Rahnu". She was under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari. The chairman of her viva was Profesor Dr. Jamilah Ahmad from the School of Communication, USM. The boards of examiners of her viva voce were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Asmady bin Haris from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) as the External Examiner while Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi served as the Internal Examiners.
|Salimah in action during her viva session|
During both viva sessions, it could be discerned that both of them was a little jittery but they managed to answer all questions calmly. The chairman of both viva voce declared that all examiners were pleased not only with their written thesis but also the manner in which both candidates were able to defend it excellently. Nor Hatizal and Salimah passed their viva with flying colours.
Meanwhile on 4th August 2017, Ahmad Shaifful Anuar Ahmad Shukor defended his Ph.D thesis in a viva voce that was held on friday, at C23, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Ahmad Shaifful defended his thesis on "Pemerkasaan Pelaksanaan Wakaf Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia". Ahmad Shaifful viva’s Board of Examiners consisted of the Chairperson, Profesor Dato' Dr. Sohaimi Abdul Aziz from the School of Humanities, USM, external examiner, Prof. Madya Dr. Siti Mashitoh Mahamood from Universiti Malaya (UM) and internal examiners, Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan and Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi. Ahmad Shaifful was also under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Dr. Zakaria Bahari.
|Ahmad Shaifful Anuar during his viva session|
Congratulations Norhatizal, Salimah and Ahmad Shaifful Anuar!!