MSU-GSC hosts 1st International Symposium on Islamic Education
by Anderson V. Villa, Ph.D.
The Office of the Chancellor organized the 1st International Symposium on the Philosophy of Islamic Education and the Muslim Contribution to Science and Development at the AVR Graduate School Building, MSU-CETD Campus on July 25-27, 2019. This initiative brought together distinguished scholars, academicians and educators and engaged in a knowledge-sharing platform and discussed the significant contributions of Muslims to the dynamic landscape of Science and development. The symposium was a multi-disciplinary avenue for the participants to reflect on the appropriate mechanisms endeavored by the communities in some parts of the world to respond to Muslim educational needs as ground for developing culturally-appropriate, policydriven and relevant education for the Muslims in the Philippines.
Sarangani Provincial Governor Hon. Steve Chiongbian-Solon and Hon. Datu Pax Ali Sangki Mangudadatu, Municipal Mayor of Datu Abdullah Sangki graced the event with their message of support and inspirational talk. Hon. Rosalita T. Nuñez represented Mayor Ronnel Rivera of General Santos City, while Dr. Lili Nurlaili, Education and Culture Attaché, gave a talk on behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. All the keynote speakers spoke about the importance of promoting inter-religious dialogue and mutual respect for sustainable peace and development in Mindanao.
More than 200 participants from all over Mindanao representing various universities and government agencies were appreciative and more than obliged by the international speakers, here and abroad, who are renowned experts in the field of Islamic studies, Halal education, Islamic banking and finance, as well as challenges to Islamic education in the Philippines. Dr. Nurdeng Deuraseh, Director of Halal and Thayyiban
Center, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam, talked about his research entitled “Halal Education for Global Reach: New Discipline with Great Opportunity.” On the other hand, Dr. Mesu Idriz, Acting Director of Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab Muslim (SIFHAM), University of Sharjah (UAE) spoke about “Revisiting the Islamic Educational Tradition of Ijazah: Reflections to the Modern Applied Systems in Higher Learning Institutions,” while Dr. Abdullah Othman, Director of Al-Zuhri Institute of Higher Learning, Singapore gave a talk about “Brief Historiography of Islamic Education for the Indigenous Muslim Minority in Singapore.” During the plenary forum, the other delegates from Singapore also shared about their experience as Muslim scholars in a multiethnic country including Professors Fathurrahman Dawoed, Masudin Syarifudin, Roselinah Rasiman, and Dr. Siti Maryam Malinumbay who talked about “Sharing Islam to Converts and Non-Muslims: Singapore Experience.”
Finally, Chancellor Dr. Anshari P. Ali delivered a speech on “The Basic Elements and Objectives of Islamic Education and the Philippine Secular Education: A Comparative Analysis.” Dr. Ali also expressed his thanks to all the participants for their role in realizing this endeavor, as well as the organizers of the symposium under the Office of the Chancellor, headed by Dr. Anderson Villa, SHS Director Sheila Loable, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Mishell Lawas.
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