“Education is beyond marks and grades”– IIUM Rector

By Hakim Mahari 

GOMBAK, 15 August 2022: The idea of education shall be perceived as a means for the community to grow and make changes for the betterment of the Ummah. 

IIUM Rector, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, said this in his speech in the fourth session of IIUM’s 37th Convocation Ceremony that conferred 662 graduands from the Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, Kuliyyah of Pharmacy, and Kulliyah of Education. 

The Rector noted that with what happens in the world nowadays, institutions must reform our understanding of “Education” not only for the student to achieve good marks or grades in class but rather go beyond what the graduands can use with the knowledge they have obtained. 

“The degree you hold today is surely beyond what you think it can do as it can offer a solution to fix the troubles that occur around you. We have indeed prepared you with a holistic approach to face this uncertainty,” he added. 

He further said that in the last 40 years, IIUM has made a huge commitment through education as this institution is leading in producing excellent graduands that fit within a dimension guided by the Islamic worldview, and it is now the graduands’ turn to contribute it back to the community. 

“IIUM also encourages graduands to undertake the task of reforming society, beginning with themselves and the family to be the agents of change, promoting balance, and sustaining development. IIUM graduands are different from others as they shall practice Sejahtera qualities, which include integrated faith (Iman), knowledge (ilm), and good character to possess (Akhlak),” the Rector explained. 

IIUM Rector, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, during the conferment of degrees to graduands in the 37th Convocation Ceremony

Graduates were also reminded to appreciate the significant people behind their success today, which the Rector referred to as their parents, professors, lecturers, family, friends, and whomever that has given them support, guidance, and prayers. 

“Significantly, your journey could be rough after this, indeed, you have faced struggles during the pandemic in the last couple of years, but you have proven that you can still graduate with flying colours,” he further stated. 

In addition, the Rector also took the opportunity to convey the university’s utmost appreciation to the Convocation Ceremony committee, who have been working hard to organise this great event to celebrate the success of IIUM graduands.

The Kulliyyah Level Awards were presented to three recipients each from the Kulliyyahs listed below:

Kuliyyah of Allied Health Sciences

Izyan Syazwani Binti Dzulkarnain (Best Student Overall)

‘Izzah ‘Athirah Binti Rosli (Best Student Academic)

Muhammad Sabirrin Bin Md Zahar (Best Student Co-curricular) 

Kuliyyah of Education

Basyirah Binti Sabri (Best Student Overall)

Mohamad Faiz Noor Bin Hafid  (Best Student Academic)

Zainul Afif Bin Zainal Abidin (Best Student Co-curricular) 

Kuliyyah of Pharmacy

Amni Izzati Binti Zulkarnain (Best Student Overall)

Nor Izzah Syahirah Binti Zulkafli (Best Student Academic)

Nur Athirah Binti Mohamad Aziz (Best Student Co-curricular) ***

Hakim Mahari

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