SEREMBAN, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- Earning a doctorate degree had been Norimah Md Dali’s next plan of action after obtaining her master’s degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Penang in 1978.
However due to work and family commitments Norimah, 67, just had to put the idea aside while she continued to serve the Town and Country Planning Department for the next 30 years until her retirement in 2008.
“Soon after my retirement the thought of continuing my studies kept coming back to me”, she said.
Recalling the past, Norimah said she yearned to attain the highest honour in her journey of academic progress since 1984.
That year I managed to earn a place to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
“However I was not offered a scholarship then, so I had to put everything on hold,” Narimah affectionately known as Dr Aunty told Bernama here recently.
According to Narimah going back to school at a later stage in life could be intimidating as she was among much younger students who all seemed very much adept at using the internet and computer.
ELDERLY- DOCTORATE 2 (LAST) SEREMBAN
“Though I was a little slow and took time to adapt to the new learning environment, the knowledge and experiences that I had gained in the course of my career were to my advantage.
“The first year was trying alright but I kept telling myself I am here to fulfill my lifelong desire to earn a doctorate, so just do it,” said the mother of four who was today awarded a PhD in Built Environment by Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) Gombak, Selangor. Her thesis was titled ‘An Evaluation Model Using The Maqasid Al-Shariah Framework Towards Liveable City’.
Norimah who is currently residing in Seremban said, having fulfilled her ambition, she was now prepared to serve the community, apart from her participation in three non-governmental organisations namely the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim), the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM).
"I hope that young people and pensioners will not stop to seek knowledge. Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life,” she added.