BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has allocated a site in Temburong for the construction of a permanent campus for Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).
At the university’s 8th convocation this morning, His Majesty said he has allocated a site in Mukim Labu for the campus, with the cost of its construction to be drawn from the $900 million budget assigned to the 11th National Development Plan (RKN11) this year.
Discussion on building the permanent campus has been on-going for years, with the monarch calling all relevant stakeholders to draw their attention to such plan during UNISSA’s 6th convocation in 2016.
UNISSA’s Rector Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal previously told the media that building such campus has also been part of the university’s long term plans, aiming to accommodate more students as it grow its faculties and programmes.
This includes its plan to build a Centre of Excellence for Halal Research which it fulfilled in January last year, allowing the institute to introduce a degree programme in Halal Science this year.
In his speech during today’s convocation, the rector said the new programme itself has received favourable response from the first cohort of students this year, adding that this also stemmed at their growing interest to study in entrepreneurial-based courses.
Aside from opening up more job opportunities for students, the rector also said that the programme aims to meet the growing demand for Halal specialists in Brunei.
UNISSA, he said, continued to observe positive developments in students moving for its entrepreneurship programmes; with more projects and courses offered for the university’s Economy and Islamic Finance faculties, as well as for its pre-graduate study programmes.
The rector pledged that UNISSA will continue doing what it can to progress, including to keep improving the quality and capabilities of its lecturers, and expanding its network further to establish stronger a presence internationally.