Thursday, November 15, 2012


One of the happiest moments for a teacher like myself is to see a high achievement of a student nurtured in his institution.

Thanks God, another ISDEV graduate student has passed her PhD with flying colour. Marlina Ekawaty, from Malang, Indonesia, has not only been recommended by the Board of Examiners to pass her PhD with Distinction, but also her thesis to be given a suitable award. Writing on zakat in Malang, Marlina Ekawaty has gone through a viva voce successfully on 1st November 2012.

She is the eleventh ISDEV student to attain such an excellent accomplishment. Before her were Dr Nor Azzah Kamri (Universiti Malaya), Dr Zahri Hamat (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Dr Fadzila Azni Hamat (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Dr Ahmad Azrin Adnan (Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin), Shereeza Mohmaed Saniff (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Radieah Mohd Nor (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Dr Warjio (Universitas Sumatera Utara), Dr Suhrawardi Lubis (Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara), Dr Muhammad Yasir (Institut Agama Islam Negeri Ar-Raniry Acheh) and Dr Mohd Shukri Hanapi (Universiti Sains Malaysia).

Amongst them, Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad has won the USM Best Thesis Award (2009) and Tan Sri Muhyidin Mohd Yasin Best PhD Thesis Award (2009), Shereeza Mohamed Saniff won the USM Best Mixed Mode Student Award (2010), Radieah Mohd Nor won the Tan Sri Muhyidin Mohd Yasin Best Master Thesis Award (2010), and Dr Ahmad Azrin Adnan won the Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen Best PhD Thesis Award (2011). This year, Dr Mohd Shukri Hanapi's thesis is being nominated for the Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen Best PhD Thesis Award (2011). The evaluation process is in progress.

I am certain, InshaAllah, a lot more of ISDEV graduates currently pursuing their graduate studies at ISDEV are following suit.

L-R: Social Sciences Dean Dr Nor Malina Malek, Marlina Ekawaty, myself, Marlina's supervisor Dr Zahri  Hamat and Internal Examiner Dr Hasanah Abd Khafidz, after the happy announcement of Marlina's success

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