Director Greetings



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Warm greetings,

It is with great pleasure to celebrate more than a decade of the dedication of ICRS (Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies), a consortium of three universities of different academic and faith traditions: Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga and Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana. I am thankful for the continuing support and trust from the rectors of three universities, donors, as well as partners and friends from Indonesia and abroad, by which ICRS becomes stronger from year to year.

Since its establishment in October 2006, ICRS has aimed to develop outstanding academic research and publication programs as well as community engagements that promote dialogue and collaborations among scholars, practitioners and students from various religious, ethnic and national backgrounds.

ICRS also strives to develop resources that support national and international reconciliation, justice and peace. Currently, ICRS has admitted more than 90 doctoral studies in inter-religious studies from 15 different countries and has produced 45 graduates. ICRS has signed a number of MOUs with top universities in Asia, European Countries, the United States, and Australia for research collaborations, publications, students and staff exchanges and other programs deemed necessary for the parties involved. Through these MOUs, ICRS students and staff have had ample international exposure and recognition.

We are very aware that to build an outstanding, internationally-respected doctoral program, research center with community engagements in inter-religious studies requires not only hard work and innovative thinking, but also sufficient funding. We believe that ICRS’s growth can be strengthened and maintained by means of a sound financial base that does not depend on the need for “soft money” to be raised every year. In order to carry out its many programs, ICRS has mobilized many sources of financial and institutional support, including Indonesian and foreign governments, private foundations and generous individuals. Finally, we greatly appreciate your contribution in any meaningful way to help us with our efforts and endeavors.

 

Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun 

ICRS Director