Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University

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Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali
Other name
جامعة السّلطان الشّريف عليّ الإسلاميّة
Motto Observe your duty to God and it is God that teaches you (al-Baqarah:282)
Type National
Established January 1, 2007
Founder His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Religious affiliation
Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah
Chancellor Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Rector Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal
Location Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Muara, Brunei Darussalam
Campus urban
Language Arabic, English, Malay
Colors          Green and White
Sports
Website www.unissa.edu.bn
Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali
Simpang 347, Jalan Pasar Baharu, Gadong
Bandar Seri Begawan BE1310, Negara Brunei Darussalam

Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (Malay: Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali; Malay, abbreviated: UNISSA; Arabic: جامعة السّلطان الشّريف عليّ الإسلاميّة) is Brunei's second university. It was established in 2007 as the first national Islamic university in Brunei.

The idea to open a second university in Brunei was first addressed by His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in his Titah delivered at UBD's 16th convocation in 2004 and again in 2005 at UBD's 17th convocation whereby His Majesty had stated that the second university shall be an Islamic university. The overall aim of the new university is to become a centre for the spread of Islam in the region.[1]

On 11 Zulhijjah 1427H corresponding to 1 January 2007M, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali was established by the consent and announcement delivered by His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The university took its name from the Sharifate of Mecca, Barkat Ali ibnu Sharif Ajlan ibnu Sharif Rumaithah or known as Sultan Sharif Ali who was a descendant of Islamic Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and appointed as the third Sultan of Brunei after marrying the daughter of the previous Sultan. He was known as the first sultan to build a mosque in Brunei which was destroyed during Allied bombing in 1945/46.[2]

UNISSA welcomed its first batch of students in August 2007.[3] 152 students were accepted; 125 undergraduates and 27 postgraduates. On its launch, UNISSA absorbed academic and non-academic staff as well as its students from the Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Institute of Islamic Studies (IPI SHOAS) which was, until that point, a part of UBD. At the time, UNISSA did not have their own location and thus had to use IPI SHOAS as their base operation.

In February 2009 the university moved to a new campus in Gadong at the former Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah College of Nursing to allow more room for academic expansion, employment of staff and better facilities [4]

Vision[edit]

Become a world-class Islamic university that is progressive and dynamically based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah.

Programmes[edit]

National Diploma[edit]

  • Highest National Diploma Dirasat Islamiyyah
  • Diploma of Islamic Law and Practice

Bachelor Degree[edit]

  • Bachelor of Usuluddin (Tafsir & Hadith) (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Usuluddin (Aqidah & Da‘wah) (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Shariah (Fiqh & Judiciary) (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Shariah (Fiqh & Usul) (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Shariah (BSL)- double degree (English)
  • Bachelor of Arabic Language (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Islamic History and Civilization (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance (English)
  • Bachelor of Business Management (English)

Master[edit]

  • Master of Usuluddin
  • Master of Shariah
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Arabic Language
  • Master of History and Islamic Civilization
  • Master of Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Master of Madzhab Shafi'e (new programme 2015)

Doctorate[edit]

  • Ph.D in Usuluddin
  • Ph.D in Shariah
  • Ph.D in Arabic Language
  • Ph.D in Islamic History and Civilization
  • Ph.D in Law (new programme 2015)
  • Ph.D in Madzhab Shafi'e (new programme 2015)

Entry Requirement[edit]

First Degree in Arabic Medium[edit]

APPLICANTS TO ARABIC-MEDIUM DEGREE PROGRAMMES MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

(i) (a) Passed Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Ugama Brunei (STPUB) or its equivalent with an average grade ‘Jayyid’ or

(b) Passed Barnamij al-Tarqiyyah offered by UNISSA.

(ii) Applicants who have passed Higher National Diploma (HND) in al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah or its equivalent with an average grade ‘Pass’ may be considered for a direct entrance to second (2nd) year Arabic-medium degree programme offered by the University.

1.The Barnamij al-Tarqiyyah or its equivalent certificate should not exceed two (2) years of last examination.

2. All applicants who have fulfilled the entry requirements for Arabic medium programmes are required to sit and pass Arabic Language Intensive Programme conducted by the University which commences in March of every year for a period of two (2) months.

The University reserves the right to change the entry requirements without prior notice.

Notes: Cambridge ‘A’-Level Grade Point guide:

Grade A = 120 points Grade B = 100 points Grade C = 80 points Grade D = 60 points

Duration of First Degree Programmes:

48 months full-time.

Successful applicants are required to settle the admission fees upon registration.

Payable fees are as follows:

   1.Admission fee : B$20.00
   2.Acceptance fee : B$100.00
   3.Students Association fee : B$60.00 per year
   4.Tuition fee: Degree : B$3000 per year
   5.Programme Deposit: Degree : B$250  

Further enquiries about installments payment should be referred to the Bursar’s office.

First Degree in English Medium[edit]

APPLICANTS TO ENGLISH-MEDIUM DEGREE PROGRAMMES MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

(i)

(a) Passed Brunei-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level or its equivalent with at least minimum points of 160 in two (2) relevant subjects or 200 in three (3) relevant subjects (not including ‘AS’ Level General Paper subject); and the subjects should be of minimum grade ‘D’;

(b) Passed Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Ugama Brunei (STPUB) or its equivalent with an average grade 'Jayyid' for Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance and Bachelor of Business Management programmes and 'Jayyid Jiddan' for Bachelor of Law & Bachelor of Shariah law programme; or

(c) Passed International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination with a minimum score of 28 points.

(ii) Obtained at least credit 6 in English Language subject at Brunei-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level or a grade C in IGCSE English or an IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL minimum overall score of 550;

(iii) Passed Primary School Religious Examination Certificate ‘(Sijil Sekolah Rendah Ugama Brunei)or its equivalent including ‘Penilaian Sekolah RendahCertificate for students from Institut Tahfiz Al-Qur’an Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) and Arabic Schools

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Applicants for Bachelor of Science in Islamic Finance and Bachelor of Business Management programmes must also have at least credit 6 in Mathematics subject at Brunei-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level. Candidates are also required to sit and pass Mathematics Placement Test.

2. For Brunei-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level holder, applicants for LL.B & BSL double degree programme must pass General Paper (GP) subject at Brunei-Cambridge GCE ‘AS’ Level with at least grade C.

3. Applicants with Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate who have obtained at least ‘merit’ passes in five (5) subjects relevant to the degree programmed to which admission is being sought may be considered.

4. All Applicants who have fulfilled the entry requirements for admission to English-medium programmes are required to sit and pass al-Quran al-Karim oral test conducted by the University.

5. Adhere to any other requirements set by the relevant Faculty/ Centre.

NOTES:

1. The Brunei-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Examination or its equivalent certificate should not exceed three (3) years of last examination.

2. The University reserves the right to change the entry requirements without prior notice.

Cambridge ‘A’ Level Grade Point guide:

Grade A = 120 points

Grade B = 100 points

Grade C = 80 points

Grade D = 60 points

Duration of First Degree Programmes:

48 months full-time

Successful applicants are required to settle the admission fees upon registration.

Payable fees are as follows:

   1.Admission fee : B$20.00
   2.Acceptance fee : B$100.00
   3.Students Association fee : B$60.00 per year
   4.Tuition fee: Degree : B$3000 per year
   5.Programme Deposit: Degree : B$250

Further enquiries about installments payment should be referred to the Bursar’s office.

Master Degree[edit]

APPLICANTS TO MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMMES MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

(i) Applicant must have obtained a First Degree with at least a Second Class Honours or ‘Jayyid’ in the relevant discipline; or have obtained a First Degree in the relevant disciplines and had not less than three (3) years working experience in the related fields;

(ii) Applicant applying for admission to Arabic-medium degree programmes will be required to sit and pass an Arabic Language test.

Applicant applying for admission to English-Medium Master Programmes should have passed;

(1.)The Primary School Religious Examination Certificate;

(2.) at least a credit 6 both in Mathemamtics and in English Language at Brunei Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level or a grade C in IGCSE English or an IELTS score of 6.0, or TOEFL minimum overall score of 550.

(3.)an Al-Quran recitation test;


NOTE:

1. The Master’s programmes by Coursework and Coursework & Dissertation will only be offered if there are at least five (5) candidates registered for each of the programmes.

2. Interested applicants for the Master programmes by Research, are advised to consult the relevant faculty before making a formal application. Application can be submitted to the University at any time of the year

Duration of Master Degree Programmes

12 – 24months full-time or 24-48months part-time. Successful applicants are required to settle the admission fees upon registration.


Payable fees are as follows:

   1.Admission fee : B$20.00
   2.Acceptance fee : B$100.00
   3.Students Association fee : B$60.00 per year
   4.Tuition fee: B$3000 per programme
   5.Programme Deposit: Master : B$500

Further enquiries about installments payment should be referred to the Bursar’s office.

Doctorate[edit]

Applicant must have obtained relevant Master’s degree from institutions recognised by the University Senate.

Applicant who obtained the relevant First Degree with First Class Honours may be considered.


NOTE:

Interested applicants are advised to consult the relevant faculty before making a formal application. Application can be submitted to the University at any time of the year.


Duration of PhD Programmes:

36 months full-time or 60 months part-time.

Successful applicants are required to settle the admission fees upon registration.


Payable fees are as follows:

   Admission fee : B$20.00
   Acceptance fee : B$100.00
   Students Association fee : B$60.00 per year
   Tuition fee: PhD : B$9000 per programme
   Programme Deposit: PhD : B$500

Further enquiries about installments payment should be referred to the Bursar’s office.

Diploma[edit]

Applicants must

(i) Passed Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Ugama Brunei (STPUB) or its equivalent with an average grade ‘Magbul’;

(ii) Be able to read The Holy al-Qur’an al-Karim properly;

(iii) Adhere to any other requirements set by the relevant Centre.

NOTES

   1. Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Ugama Brunei(STPUB) or its equivalent certificate should not exceed three (3) years of last examination.
   2. The University reserves the right to change the entry requirements without prior notice.

Further enquiries about installments payment should be referred to the Bursar’s office.

Diploma in Islamic Law and Legal Practice[edit]

APPLICANTS TO POSTGRADUATE DIPPLOMA-DIPLOMA IN ISLAMIC LAW AND LEGAL PRACTICE MUST SATISFY THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

(1.) The Primary School Religious Examination certificate

(2.) A Degree in Shariah or Law (LLB) from any university or institution recognized by the University Senate;

or

(1.)Other first degree qualifications recognized by the University Senate, has work experience as a legal practitioner or in related areas for at least three (3) years, and has been recommended by the Head of Department where the applicant is working, may be considered;

(2.) Applicants are required to sit and pass an Al-Quran recitation test.


Duration of Diploma Programme

24 months part-time.

Successful applicants are required to settle the admission fees upon registration.


Payable fees are as follows:

   1.Admission fee : B$20.00
   2.Acceptance fee : B$100.00
   3.Students Association fee : B$60.00 per year
   4.Tuition fee: Diploma: B$4000 per programme
   5.Programme Deposit: Diploma : B$500

Further enquiries about installments payment should be referred to the Bursar’s office.

Faculty[edit]

There are four academic faculties and centres in the university, namely:[5]

  • Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation
  • Faculty of Usuluddin
  • Faculty of Shariah and Law
  • Faculty of Business and Management Sciences
  • Centre for Promotion of Knowledge and Languages Learning
  • Centre for Postgraduate Studies
  • Mazhab Shafi'i Research Centre
  • Centre for Research and Publication
  • Centre for Public and International Relations
  • Technology and Multimedia Centre

Administration[edit]

Rectors[edit]

  • Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Bin Pengiran Haji Abd. Rahman (2007-2009)
  • Dr Haji Md Yusop Bin Haji Awang Damit (2009-2010)
  • Dr Haji Serbini Bin Haji Matahir (2010-2013)
  • Dr Haji Norarfan Bin Haji Zainal (2014-current)

Deputy Rector[edit]

  • Dr Haji Md Yusop Bin Haji Awang Damit (2007-2009)
  • Pengiran Anak Dr Haji Amiruddin Alam Shah Bin Pengiran Anak Haji Ismail (2010-2014)
  • Dr Haji Awang Mohammed Hussain Bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Awang Ahmad (2014-current)

Assistant Rector[edit]

  • Dr Hajah Masnon Binti Haji Ibrahim (2007-2009)
  • Pengiran Anak Dr Haji Amiruddin Alam Shah Bin Pengiran Anak Haji Ismail (2009-2010)
  • Dr Arman Bin Haji Asmad (2014-current)

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 4°54′20.5″N 114°54′47.8″E / 4.905694°N 114.913278°E / 4.905694; 114.913278