MoU Signature between ICRS and Universitas Gadjah Mada

Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 15:46 WIB

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The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) is a consortium of three universities: Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). This the only doctoral program in inter-religious studies based in a major, multi-religious national university and co-sponsored by Islamic and Christian universities. During its ten years (2006-2016), ICRS has received many students from many parts of the world and now it has 16 doctoral alumnae. Besides, ICRS also doing some research focus on religion, culture, politics, nature and public life.

Since 2006, ICRS has trying to develop cooperation with many institutions either in Indonesia and abroad. This cooperation aimed to broaden networking which will support ICRS to implement its vision and mission in society. ICRS has a strong commitment to create a good quality of educational system especially in inter-religious studies, disseminate knowledge, promoting tolerance and respect to humanity so that the idea of peace and better world will becoming real. In line with the expectation, on February 24, 2016, ICRS and Universitas Gadjah Mada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will strengthen their cooperation for the next coming years.

MoU signature between ICRS and UGM done by Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati (Rector of UGM) and Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun (ICRS Director) and also witnessed by Rektor of UKDW (Ir. Henry Feriadi, M.Sc., Ph.D.), the representative of State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, and ICRS Board of Trustee. In her remarks, Prof. Dwikorita said that ICRS has a noble role to maintain the spirit of unity in Indonesia. ICRS is a strategic place of various religious backgrounds to unite every element in society to create a peaceful and harmony life. Prof. Dwikorita explained the recent situation of Indonesia that still facing many problems of intolerance and radicalism. She hopes that ICRS will always increase their role in society, try to solve problems with produce many excellent alumnae that could give their positive contribution to stem the threat and deploy the spirit of peace to protect society and state.