KOTA KINABALU: State government through the Islamic Religious Affairs Department of Sabah (JHEAINS) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will collaborate on introducing Faculty of Islamic Studies for undergraduate level in the university.
According to the Assistant Minister for the Chief Minister, Datuk Arifin Mohd. Arif, the university is now proceeding with the research process for the plan.
“I have suggested for UMS to open Faculty of Islamic Studies in the university during the DUN debate session. I hope UMS will work on that direction.
“With the programme in UMS, students have no need to go abroad to study and it will minimize their education cost,” he said in a press conference after attending the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between JHEAINS and Malaysia Islamic Development Department (JAKIM), here today.
In the ceremony, JHEAINS was represented by its Director, Abd. Halim Nayan while the Darul Quran Jakim Director, Zawanah Muhamad, represented JAKIM.
The MoU is to continue the cooperation for Tahfiz Al-Quran Diploma Programme, launched once for every five years between Darul Quran Jakim and Sabah Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal-Qiraat.
It also promotes Sabah Maahad Tahfiz as the only institution offering diploma for Al-Quran 30 juzuk in the state.
Meanwhile, Zawanah said the cooperation between the two departments has been official for 16 years since 1999 and it is the second time it is signed.
With the MoU, JHEAINS will provide education facilities such as administration and infrastructures while JAKIM will contribute in the academic sector.
Currently Darul Quran Jakim centre has produce more than 60 graduates from Sabah and some of them are now working with JHEAINS, and religious schools in the state. – SayangSabah