On October 6, 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the three Rectors from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW) was signed. The ceremony took place at the Sultan Palace in which Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, the Governor of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta. Based on the agreement (MoU), the three universities agree to establish a consortium namely the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) which located in and accredited by Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada. ICRS is part of the Graduate Program in Religious and Cross-cultural Studies at UGM that includes an M.A. program called CRCS (Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies).
Ten years experience at Graduate school of Universitas Gadjah Mada, CRCS proved that the teaching and guidance of S2 students in the study of religions strongly supported by close cooperation between the lecturers of Universitas Gadjah Mada with other universities, especially State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). In this context, emerged the idea to establish and build a single integrative and interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in religious studies between Muslim, Christian and “secular” universities is unique. The S3 program is the form of a consortium of three higher education institutions with the name of ICRS for doctoral level. ICRS is supported and legitimated by the Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW).
The highest governing body of ICRS is the ICRS Board of Trustees (Majelis Konsorsium). The Board of Trustees is directly appointed by the Rectors of the three universities and it consists of 13 members, including 4-6 representatives of each university who are appointed by the Rectors of their universities. Member of Board of Trustees are; Siti Syamsiyatun, M.A., Ph.D. (current Director of ICRS-Yogya); Prof. Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta, (ICRS); Prof. Dr. Umar Anggara Jenie (UGM); Prof, Dr. Irwan Abdullah (UGM); Dr. Zainal Abidin Bagir (UGM); Dr. Wening Udasmoro (UGM); Prof. Dr. Hartono, DEA, DESS (UGM); Prof. Dr. Banawiratma (UKDW); Prof. Dr. E. Gerrit Singgih (UKDW); Dr. Jeanny Dhewayani (UKDW); Dr. Yahya Wijaya (UKDW); Prof. Dr. Iskandar Zulkarnain (UIN SK); Prof. Dr. M. Machasin (UIN SK); Dr. Fatimah Husein (UIN SK); Dr. Sekar Ayu Aryani (UIN SK).
Prof. Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta was chosen as the founding Director of ICRS. He is assigned from UKDW to UGM for a period of three years, to serve as the full-time Director of ICRS. He remains on the faculty of UKDW and will continue to teach in the Graduate Programs of all three universities (UGM, UIN Sunan Kalijaga and UKDW).
Until the year 2014, ICRS already have 68 students coming from Indonesia and abroad such as China, Philippines, United State, Egypt, Serbia, Poland, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Gambia, Sierra Leone and India. With 45 professors and 15 staffs, ICRS is a qualified international Graduate Program in Inter- Religious Studies. Recently, ICRS also develops and implements some programs which have social responsibility through some event such as research, seminar, workshop, art performance, inter-religious conference and relation.