TANJUNG MALIM: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah and Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim have witnessed the signing ceremony of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (Oxcis), United Kingdom.
Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara were greeted on arrival by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad and his wife Datin Seri Aezer Zubin yesterday.
UPSI vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Md Amin Md Taff, in his speech, said UPSI and Oxcis have joined forces to produce the “Qari-in-Residence” initiative.
“Under this novel programme, selected students from UPSI’s esteemed Tahfiz and Turath Islami programme will spend the entire holy month of Ramadan at Oxcis beginning next year,” he said, Bernama reported.
He also said through the programme, the students will spend time with the local community at Oxcis and in Oxfordshire via several community engagement and knowledge transfer activities that would add value to the students.
Prof Md Amin said he firmly believes that by immersing themselves in experiential programmes that transcend conventional classrooms, a new generation of professional huffaz (memorisers of the Quran) will emerge, dedicated to elevating the stature of the Quran from all angles.
The MOA was signed by Prof Md Amin, who represented UPSI, and Oxcis director Dr Farhan Ahmad Nizami.
Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara were also given a briefing on the Tahfiz and Turath Islami Education Institute.