University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), through its Faculty of Arabic Language (FBA), recently selected Malaysia as the second destination for its Academic Mobility and Community Services Programme which was held in East Java, Indonesia, last March.
Chaired by the Dean of FBA, the programme in Malaysia ran for 10 days, from September 10-19, with the involvement of eight academic staff and 13 students.
The FBA delegation made official visits to six Malaysian universities. The universities are Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UnISZA), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
The programme began with the 3rd Southeast Asian Arabic Language Seminar jointly organised by UNISSA, UnISZA and four other higher institutions, as a platform for academics and students to present papers and discuss curriculum-related issues related to Arabic Language teaching at the regional level.
The programme continued with visits and community service at five universities, where the FBA delegates familiarised themselves with the teaching and learning systems at these institutions, while strengthening inter-university fellowship in the region.
The programme also enabled the academics and students to expand their collaborations, especially in the fields of research and publishing opportunities in high-quality and impactful journals, in accordance with the titah of 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 during the 2019 UNISSA Convocation.
In the titah, His Majesty said, “UNISSA, show your excellence. Establish standards of excellence through the academic works of lecturers and students, by having them produce a steady output of books, research materials and scientific articles for publication in international journals.”
The students also had the opportunity to be involved in community service activities through the ‘Arabic Language Exploration Programme’ by holding sharing sessions and Arabic Language games.
Other activities included visiting facilities at the institutions such as libraries, bookstores and publishing centres.