Yogyakarta—Having focused on recent development of Islamic Economics, IPIEF in collaboration with International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) has recently launched the second summer school, called International Training for Young Islamic Economic Leaders (ITYIELDS) that would be 5-day-program starting on July 8, 2018 up to July 12, 2018. This international summer school toke place in AR Fakhrudin A Building, 5th floor and has been attended by well above 100 participants consisting of lecturers, postgraduate and undergraduate students as well as practitioners from various backgrounds.

“This summer school which is held this year is an excellent program, designed to provide all participants a comprehensive understanding about the relation between Al-Qur’an and Science in the present era. Hence, the theme of this program is “Al Quran, Science, and Civilizational Renewal: Integration and Quality Assurance”. The curriculum subjects are planned in three series of steps: first and foremost, the participant will be discussing integration between Al-Qur’an and science in philosophical approach. Subsequently, the epistemological issues which encompasses maqasīd methodology are taught. At the end, the practice of integration of knowledge in the form of higher education curricula taught in the universities will be explored by acknowledged experts,” Dr. Habib Chrizin, IIIT Country Representative, explained the design of this summer school while delivering the speech at the opening of 2nd ITYIELDS 2018.

Likewise, Dr. Dimas Bagus Wiranatakususma also added, in relation the current theme of summer school, saying: “The Islamization of human knowledge is set as a response the fundamental crisis of the modern-day ummah that have misconception of knowledge. This condition implies to a need for curriculum reform particularly in Islamic economics program. However, the further challenge in terms of Islamizing it is that, the curriculum should have the ability to shed light the different between what is considered as knowledge and not. Finally, correct identification of knowledge can avoid “confusion of knowledge” and prevent “the loss of adab” among Muslim ummah.”

In this occasion, Dr. Rizal Yaya, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Business and Eko Priyo Purnomo, Ph.D, Executive Director of Cooperation and International Affair, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, besides expressing great appreciation for this summer school, also highlighted the need for further collaboration between IIIT and UMY in the form of visiting Professor, guest lecturers, and scholarships that is expected to broaden the student’s horizon as well as to achieve the vision of UMY to be a leading University through developing the knowledge and technology based on the Islamic values. [Aw]