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UII centres education programmes on promoting the greater good for all

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2018, 2:24pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 11:08am

If there is one thing that Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) strives for, it is to hone students to become well-rounded individuals committed to helping society grow and prosper. As a university established by Indonesia’s forefathers – including Dr Mohammad Hatta, Dr Mohammad Natsir and Abdul Wahid Hasyim – UII nurtures young and eager minds and encourages them to apply their learnings in science, technology, culture, literature and art for the greater good of all.

“UII’s vision is to become a university that is known for rahmatan lil ‘alamin, which means giving virtue and goodness to the universe,” says rector Dr Nandang Sutrisno.

Located in the arts and culture hub of Yogyakarta, UII provides a conducive and stimulating environment for students to learn.

With its focus on academic excellence, UII did not take long to make a name for itself outside Indonesia. International organisations, such as the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education, have accredited UII’s civil engineering programme, while the Korean Architectural Accrediting Board has recognised UII’s architectural studies programme.

Research and development is one of the cornerstones of UII’s success. It embarks on nationalistic projects with a profound impact on the community. One such project is Sekolah Lurah, an initiative aimed at educating Indonesia’s village heads to help them build more progressive communities.

Aspiring to be one of Asia’s top universities, UII is collaborating with educational institutions such as China’s Zhejiang University and South Korea’s Woosong University, and forges agreements with many other institutions. In particular, UII has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University to do research on halal food production and the impact of halal food on daily life.

As the world’s borders continue to blur, the university opens its doors to all international students looking to help effect a global change.

“We want to spread our vision of contributing to society. We welcome everyone to share in this vision,” Sutrisno says.