Knowledge, principles bring dignity to nation, says Sultan

Rokiah Mahmud

The country is relying on its educators to shape and produce a generation that is excellent in all aspects, particularly in terms of knowledge and admirable character.

This was stated by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), in a titah delivered at the 10th KUPU SB Convocation Ceremony yesterday.

“Both knowledge and good character bring dignity to a nation, so that there can be no doubt as to its greatness.

“Thus, we in Brunei Darussalam are striving to educate or improve ourselves with the knowledge and principles that were handed down by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

“It is the same obligation (amanah) which has been entrusted to higher educational institutions such as KUPU SB,” His Majesty said.

Earlier, the monarch said, “The goal of KUPU SB’s establishment is to produce human capital with educational expertise, as with Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), which has the same objective of producing religious scholars (ulama).

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) delivers a titah. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) speaks with graduates during the 10th KUPU SB Convocation Ceremony.

“Alhamdulillah, these two religious institutions have managed to produce many graduates, but the question is – can they be regarded as religious scholars?

“In my opinion, it all depends on the study systems and programmes. Therefore, in this regard, the systems and programmes need to be constantly evaluated and reviewed.

“The present Bachelor Degree and Higher Diploma in Religious Teaching graduates are the products of a programme which has been upgraded since 2016, as an integration of academic experience and character-building (sahsiah) through co-curriculum programmes.

“If such a programme has been effectively implemented, then it is my view that is already capable of producing graduates of quality and excellence.”

His Majesty also commended the new graduates of KUPU SB, saying, “I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to all of the graduates, for the successful completion of their studies.

“I also wish to congratulate their parents and guardians, as well as their lecturers at KUPU SB, for providing them with constant support and guidance.”

In concluding the titah, His Majesty said, “I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to the staff of KUPU SB, particularly the Chairperson, Council and Senate members, Ra’es, executive officers, academic personnel and employees, for their services and contributions. May Allah the Almighty reward them for it.”