On the sidelines of the Religious Teachers University of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) 9th Convocation Ceremony yesterday, several graduates shared their experience and advice for students who are still studying in the university.
Dr Haji Roslan bin Haji Untung, PhD in Religious Teaching (Education) graduate shared his experience in attaining his PhD from 2013 to 2019 as a part-time student, and at the same time as a lecturer at the college university.
“Among the challenges I faced were the difficulty in getting authentic data material for my research study ‘Pentaksiran Formatik Pengajian Al-Quran’, as well as time management between commitment as a lecturer and researcher,” he said.
“Alhamdulillah with the help of my supervisor and colleagues, I managed to complete my research study in PhD, and Insya Allah, I will share my knowledge and the findings of my research among the community, especially Al-Quran teachers,” he said.
Dr Haji Roslan hoped to see more students undertaking the PhD programme and shared his tips in finding a supervisor that can help with their research.
Meanwhile, Ali Hardi bin Haji Mohammed, a Master of Religious Teaching in Islamic Education graduate expressed his joy on completing his Master’s Degree.
As a KUPU SB lecturer, he shared that he had to overcome various obstacles for six years to pursue his Master’s degree, and finally decided to continue his studies with his own expenses.
“As a lecturer, I have dedicated myself to teach and learn, and it was something that I did not take lightly. It was not easy to juggle my work and my research, but I managed to balance my time.”
He advised students to keep their motivation to achieve their goals, learn from experiences, and most importantly keep praying to Allah the Almighty.
“Insya Allah, if there is an opportunity, I would like to further my study to PhD in full time either in Brunei or overseas,” he said.
KUPU SB international student, Surainee Niloh from Thailand completed her four years study at KUPU SB, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Religious Teaching in Syariah.
She shared that language barrier was one of the challenges she faced, especially when she was still in the first year at KUPU SB.
However, the challenges and struggles helped her to be more independent, matured and resilient.
“I plan to be a religious teacher in my home country and eventually to build a school and teach Islam to children.”
She also advised those who are still studying to aim at success, and to use their knowledge for good.