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The knowledge factory
The university — as an institution that explores the many facets and meanings of existence through its manifestations of knowledge, and its efforts to imbue its charges with the critical and analytical faculties to fathom the multiplicity of creations — is a thing of the past. This institution is no longer a sanctuary to explore esoteric ideas and thoughts, and engage students in critical and dialectical discourse in exploring the physical, metaphysical, metaphorical dimensions of knowledge.......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Starving for wisdom
Producing values driven graduates
The much anticipated Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) is expected to further encourage a change in values in the current national education environment. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) Chair of Islamic Leadership Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said it was vital for the nation to.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Education reform key to defeating the IS extremists
Education is a means of gaining knowledge and developing good habits. There is no greater asset that a young person can obtain than a good a education. An uneducated or poorly educated person is unlikely to have a good life. Talented individuals may find ways to servive, but for the uneducated........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Are our varsities still relevant?
OUR universities play an indispensable role. They are factories for the country’s talent, ideas and innovation. Thereby, they contribute to economic growth. Their teaching nurtures impressionable and young minds to become better citizens and future leaders. The impact of a university education on the student’s intellectual capacity is enormous. It expands minds and the capacity for thinking and comprehension. One can readily sense the contribution of each progressive level of academic study to the intellectual capacity of an individual. Universities improve cultural and political understanding by offering a safe environment for dialogue and debate. With their democratisation, universities have become vehicles for social mobility.….......Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Modern education for Muslims
The infamous Boko Haram sect erupted on the world stage in 2009 with their aim to establish an Islamic State. Since their subsequent radicalisation resulting from harsh treatment at the hands of State security forces, they degenerated into harassing innocent civilians, especially schoolchildren. Boko Haram’s approach is aligned with certain influential opinion-makers in the Muslim states, who teach that receiving a modern education is evil and forbidden as the popular name of “Boko Haram” implies............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
GOD AND SCIENCE: Life is not series of 'accidents'
I have been a mariner for many years and what makes me stand in awe of the creator is the realisation that the planets and stars consistently do what they are doing so that the navigators (on ships) of the world can navigate safely from one point to another. The elevation of the stars above the horizon, its bearings, its time of rise and set have all been tabulated. The heavenly bodies can only be tabulated by man if there is a power that holds and directs them all together with such precision............. Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Spiritual Revolution: The Challenge for the 21st Century
There is an old saying that God Almighty has created three kinds of beings: angels with reason but without passion; animals with passion but without reason;and men with reason and with passion. If passion prevails over reason, then animals are better than men, but if reason prevails over passion, then men are better than angels. Nearly two centuries ago the German philosopher Immanuel Kant predicted that eventually the world order would come about either through intellectual or moral insights or through the experience of chaos. We are still in a position to make that choice............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Why The West Craves Materialism & Why The East Sticks To Religion
My generation grew up at a time when colonial hang up was at its peak. Our older generation had been slaves and had a huge inferiority complex of the British. The school I went to was similar to all elite schools in Pakistan. Despite gaining independent, they were, and still are, producing replicas of public schoolboys rather than Pakistanis.I read Shakespeare, which was fine, but no Allama Iqbal - the national poet of Pakistan. The class on Islamic studies was not taken seriously, and when I left school I was considered among the elite of the country because I could speak English and wore Western clothes........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
What is our priority?
ON the eve of the formation of the nation state, the government set up a committee under Datuk Abdul Razak Hussein (later Tun) to come up with a national education policy after the first federal elections in 1955. Its 1956 Razak Report stated that the national education policy's main objective was national unity. Until the present, parents have never considered nation-building a priority in education. Even education authorities have spoken more of the importance of science and technology, while the system increasingly has given priority to examinations.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)