| Hakim Hayat |
PG Hjh Salmiah binti Pg Hj Shahbuddin proved that age is in no way a barrier when it comes to pursuing her dreams of securing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Arabic Language.
The 53-year-old yesterday became one of two locals who successfully completed their PhD at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) – a first for the university.
Speaking to the Bulletin on the sidelines of UNISSA’s 4th convocation ceremony held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday, Pg Hjh Salmiah – a lecturer at Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) – explained that upon completion of her four-year PhD (done on a part-time basis), she felt she had successfully challenged herself and, at the same time, proved to others that age is not a barrier when it comes to education.
“Alhamdulillah, I am extremely happy and grateful to Allah the Almighty for giving me the strength and determination to complete my thesis,” she said, while urging other students out there to continue pursuing their studies no matter the challenges and obstacles.
“As a part-time student, I was challenging myself to constantly move forward, albeit my age. It is also my way of encouraging my own children, students and our youth to pursue their studies with determination and commitment. They must always pray to Allah the Almighty to be granted the strength in overcoming obstacles,” she said.
Pg Hjh Salmiah received plenty of support from the UNISSA lecturers, supervisors and administration over the four years, on top of the loving support from her family and friends.
“Insya Allah I will strive to develop myself continuously, especially in the field of educating our children of the future,” she added.
Meanwhile, Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance major, Anisah Syakirah binti Hj Anuari, who also received First Class Honours, pointed out that challenges are inevitable – especially in terms of self-motivation. For this she gives credit to her family, friends and lecturers for keeping her going.
“Alhamdulillah after four years, all my hard work has proven to bear fruits of success,” she said.
Anisah, who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree at UNISSA, noted that she is now even more motivated and dedicated to achieving her next dream.
Meanwhile, a Bachelor of Usuluddin (Aqidah and Dakwah) graduate, Nurul Amalina binti Zulkiflee, 24, was elated at the convocation ceremony.
“Among the challenges during my studies were field assignments that included industrial training in our third year, where we interacted with the community and the public for the course,” she said.
Anisah, who is now pursuing her Masters of Usuluddin in UNISSA, said she is thankful for the support of her family, friends and lecturers.