Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ma’din Academy Signs MoU with International Islamic University, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Ma'din Islamic Academy, Malappuram and International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM) reached in a mutual agreement for co-operation in various academic ventures. Rector of IIUM Dr. Syed Arabi Idid and Ma'din Chairman Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari signed Memorandum of Understanding in a function held at International Islamic University Campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is the first agreement between International Islamic University and an Indian institution.The agreement is for mutual understanding for exchanging students and teachers, facilitating research and publication in various fields, conducting international seminars and workshops and credit transfer between faculties. This will also enable students from India to pursue their higher study in 50 faculties and 150 academic programmes of International Islamic University, Malaysia.‘We are very happy to sign this agreement with an institution from India, which is the second largest Muslim populated country in the world and hopeful to get more students and exchange potentials in between’, said Dr. Syed Arabi Idid , rector of IIUM in the opening speech of the function. ‘This humble beginning will surely be sparkling light to new fields of collaboration and academic exchange’, he added.

Ma'din Chairman, expressing his gratitude, said that it was a new feather in the crown of developing educational culture of India. ‘It is not only an agreement between two institutions, but a treaty to exchange knowledge and virtue imparted by more than fifty OIC countries’, Said Khaleelul Bukhari.IIUM is a joint venture of Malaysian Government and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), which is the umbrella body of 57 Muslim countries. IIUM, established in 1983 with 153 students, has become the premier Islamic university in the world with 30,000 students. At present, the University offers various bachelor, master's degree and Phd courses at its faculties, also known as Kulliyyahs.Ma'din Academy, Malappuram, established in 1997, is one of the growing educational institutions from Kerala with 10500 students and 25 educational and charity ventures. ‘The agreement between these two institutions will open new vista of educational research and knowledge exchange. This treaty creates great opportunity for Indian students to pursue international education’- said Dr. Bachir Soualhi, Director, Research and Innovation, IIUM.As a initial venture between Ma’din Academy and International Islamic University, Dr. Spahic Omer, professor at Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM has plan to visit Kerala for the ground work of research study on structure of Mosques in Kerala next month. Research World, a division of Ma’din Academy, Research and Innovation, IIUM will be working together to explore the research potential of both countries.Dr. Jamal Ahmed Basheer Badi, director, International Students Division, Abdul Haseeb Ansari, Faculty of Law, Dr. Bachir Soualhi, Director, Research and Innovation, Abbas Panakkal, academic director, Research World, Umer Melmuri, communication director, Research World attended the signing ceremony.

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