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Commemorating 69th Dies Natalis: UII Hosts National Seminar on a Crisis in Islamic Leadership E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012

ImageAs a series of 69th UII Dies Natalis, UII hosted National Seminar entitled 'Islamic Leadership in Indonesia to Face Global Challenges' on Tuesday (8/5). This event featured expert speakers including Anies Baswedan, PhD., Prof. Djamaludin Ancok and Faculty of Law (FH) UII Alumnae, Nasef Muhammad Imam, SH. Meanwhile, UII Rector Prof. Dr. H. Edy Suandi Hamid, MEc. accompanied by Vice Rector I Nandang Sutrisno, SH. MHum. LLM. PhD., Vice Rector II Dra. Neni Meidawati, MSi. Ak., and Vice Rector III Ir. Bachnas, MSc. officially opened this seminar.

Located at Kahar Mudzakkir Auditorium, this seminar was also attended by former Dean at UII Drs. Rasyid Baswedan, SU, who is Anies Baswedan’s father and dies natalis committee from Faculty of Psychology and Socio-Cultural Sciences (FPSB). Also, hundreds of participants attended this seminar which lasted until noon.

In his speech, Rector mentioned that Nowadays, Muslim population and Muslim countries became dominant in this world. For this reason, Islam has a great potential to become world leader. Unfortunately, this goal has not been realized yet because of crisis in Islamic leadership. "This fact is really ironic since it is not in harmony with the triumph of Islam during the Prophet Muhammad and the five caliphs (khulafaurrasyidin)" He said.

According to him, Islamic leader have to be able to practice morals and virtues of Muhammad, including intelligent, messenger of mercy, trustworthy and honest. This important points can be embodied by upholding discipline. "Today, it is hard to find a leader who is trustworthy, honest, and intelligent. Sometimes, we easily find a leader who lack of discipline" He explained.

Prof Edy also said further that the other characteristic of Islamic leaders is visionary leader. A leader must possess vision, goals, mission and set clear objectives in carrying out his leadership duties. "Take Cyprus, a country in Turkey for example; it only has approximately 300 thousand inhabitants, which perhaps similar to one-third of Sleman regency population. However, this country is one of rapidly developing country since this country has extraordinary and visionary leaders.” He emphasized.

Through this seminar, his side expected to participants especially UII students could attain real insight in order to become agent of change and future leader. "We hope this seminar will deliver enlightenment to all of participants to formulate knowledge and experiences as an important point to step a head becoming a national leader" Rector stressed out.

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