NILAI, February 13, 2018 – Meeting the year 2018, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) continues to take a bold and dynamic step to make the Barakah Campus agenda a success. Therefore, in order to continue to reconcile the USIM baraqah agenda, this year the University focuses on strategies to prioritize society in the context of making USIM community friendly through research, teaching & learning approaches and graduates.

This is the essence of the mandate 2018 delivered by YBhg. Prof. Dato ‘Dr. Musa Ahmad, USIM Vice-Chancellor namely to Empower Teaching and Learning; Empowering Research & Innovation; and Empowering holistic, balanced and entrepreneurial graduates.

“Empowering Teaching and Learning places a strategy in which USIM is moving towards internationalisation with students’ enrolment from diverse backgrounds around the world. USIM in the new phase of introducing four teaching and learning policies based on the integration of Naqli and Aqli namely Mustawaal-Ta’sil (worshiping), Mustawaal Al-Muqaranah (comparison), Mustawaal Al-Takyif (adaptation) and Mustawaal Al- Takamul (Integration).

“In the context of Empowering Research and Innovation which is being implemented under the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) with its team, USIM focuses on three key themes namely Sustainable Humanity & Environment; Development of Wellbeing; and Enrichment of Communities & Societies).

All three of these themes will be driven together as this is one of our strengths to reach the objective of converting the university into a Barakah Campus. Several groups have been identified according to the themes and will be placed under the Islamic Science Institute (ISI) which is now an incubator to several research groups that have their achievements been evaluated so that we can move our agenda more clearly “.

“Some of the agenda for this set of themes we have set up, for example in strengthening research activities in assisting the need for disabled people(OKU) will be led by Ibn Ummi Maktum’s research group cluster and empowered research on drug abuse through the establishment of the ACREDA Living Lab.

“Through the setting up of Immersive & Collaborative Technology (Al-Itqan), Islam and Emerging Technology and Cyber Security System (CSS), it is hoped that these will help the ministry and USIM to prioritize the impact on the quality of everyday life. Undoubtedly, USIM wishes to see two Center of Excellence (CoE) IHRAM and INFAD continue to be competitive. Hence, the university has provided RM100,000 incentives to IHRAM and RM50,000 to INFAD for both CoE to further their strengthen research activities. ”

The University continues to be committed to Empowering the Holistic, Balanced and Entrepreneurship Graduate Program with Entrepreneurship Program and Gap Year Program. The Real Work Lecture Program which totally involves the students who are placed in foster villages for a month. The program will take place within five years with different groups of students alike to be housed in the village.

The entrepreneurship program is reinforced through the Agropreneur Project an USIM collaborative effort through the Student Development Center with the cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and several other industries to develop goat farming, maliponines honey(madu kelulut) and edible garden. The University will also set up a Student Product Development Committee with its first product selected, Etlingera Elatior(Torch Ginger Plant) Flower Cube that won the Innovation Entrepreneur Competition of Higher Education Minister 2017.

Through the mandate presented, to continue reconciling the elements of a barakah campus, USIM will focus on the application of the 7i culture ie Iqra ‘Culture; Internationalization; Intervention against industrial revolution; and impact on the ummah.

The next 7i culture is Interaction or varsity relations with various sectors and levels; Insan built on the practice of integration of Naqli and Aqli knowledge, iqra ‘culture and guided by qalbu; and the last culture is the Integration of Naqli and Aqli knowledge,” he explained.

The 2018 Mandate Council, themed ” Wave of Barakah “, was delivered in a more relaxed atmosphere with bilateral interactions with the audience. At the same event, the Vice Chancellor also launched a local access card to neighborhood visitors, industrial mentors and disabled persons to facilitate their visit to the campus areas.

A total of 2000 guests consisting of students, staff, community representatives, representatives from Adopted Cluster Schools and USIM industrial partners were present. Also held at the lobby of the hall were exhibitions participated by various government and private agencies, and departments in USIM.

Prepared by:
Noorumaina Mohamed Yunus
Pusat Komunikasi Strategik (StraComm)
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