Palembang - PPs UIN RF Palembang follows the Global Symposium of Family Studies and Community Strength held at the University of Newcastle Australia on 30 April to 2 May 2018.


Since the MoU has been signed between State Islamic University of Raden Fatah Palembang, Indonesia and University of New Castle (UON) Australia last year, the progress action to develop the Community Development Institution and to establish the concentration of “Family Studies” as part of “Islamic Studies” Department in Post Graduate Study Program is started to emerge.

As the results of the MoU, University of New Castle has involved State Islamic University of Raden Fatah Palembang, Indonesia in all events held by The Family Action Center (FAC) University of New Castle. One of the events conducted just now was “International Symposium on Family & Community Strengths”. This event is an international event which involves many scholars and practioners who has the background of community service institution and family studies program from several countries in the world. In this event, State Islamic University of Raden Fatah Palembang delegated three lecturers; Dr. Abdurrahmansyah, M.Ag; Dr. Achmad Syarifudin, M.A., dan Dr. Annisa Astrid, M.Pd.

The symposium was held in two days; from April 30, 2018 to May 1, 2018. There were some speakers whose expertise is in community service and family studies from several countries such as United States of America, India, Nigeria, Australia and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, On May 2, 2018, Family Action Center of University of New Castle conducted such a follow up meeting with Indonesian networks of Family Studies represented by three universities under Ministry of Religious Affair; State Islamic University of Raden Fatah, State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga, and State Islamic University of Sumatera Utara. This meeting was lead by Prof Alan Hayes, The Director of Family Action Center (FAC) which discussed a further action to develop “Family Studies” in each representative university.

The further step which is expected to be realized is to have a candidate Doctor by joining the Family Study Doctorate Program (Ph.D) in University of New Castle Australia. Besides, University of New Castle also offered Graduate certificate from 12 week-shortcourse about family study and it is expected that each university could send at least 3 or 4 participants to join in that shortcourse.

When the delegations from State Islamic University of Raden Fatah gave the report to the Rector, Prof. M. Sirozi, M.A., Ph.D, He perceived it positively and encourage to establish the concentration of Family Study at the Post Graduate Program as soon as possible. Additionaly, Prof. M. Sirozi, M.A., Ph.D also pushed some lecturers to continue their Doctorate Degree in Family Study Department of University of New Castle, Australia in 2019.

Thus, it is expected that by having the lecturers to have Doctorate Degree in Family Study Program and/ or to have graduate certificate from the short-course the development of Family Study Program in State Islamic University of Raden Fatah Palembang could be coordinated well.

Sumber : PPs Admin.