En­sur­ing qual­ity in education

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WITH pro­grammes rang­ing from pre- univer­sity to pro­fes­sional level as well as lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas of law and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, man­age­ment, al­lied health sci­ences, en­gi­neer­ing, in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, English, Ara­bic and other for­eign lan­guages, the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia ( IIUM) Cen­tre for Strate­gic Con­tin­u­ing Education and Train­ing ( IIUM Cres­cent) of­fers stu­dents a unique op­por­tu­nity for pur­su­ing life­long learn­ing and con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kam­rudin, rec­tor of IIUM, since it was es­tab­lished in 1983, the univer­sity has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions that put IIUM on the global map.

The big­gest achieve­ment is its recog­ni­tion as the Premier In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Re­search Univer­sity con­ferred by the Is­lamic Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( ISESCO) on Dec 17, 2014.

IIUM has been recog­nised all over the world es­pe­cially among Mus­lim na­tions and has be­come a role model of­fer­ing in­te­grated ter­tiary education in­fused with Is­lamic val­ues with­out com­pro­mis­ing the pro­fes­sional aspects and con­tents of var­i­ous dis­ci­plines.

“Prom­i­nent global lead­ers, min­is­ters and heads of univer­si­ties and in­sti­tu­tions from var­i­ous parts of the world came to IIUM to bench­mark them­selves against our achieve­ments.

“IIUM has also de­vel­oped col­lab­o­ra­tions with var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing and agen­cies all around the world,” says Prof Zaleha.

Sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions by IIUM to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries were made pos­si­ble upon ap­point­ment as con­sul­tants by the Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank and Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank to es­tab­lish Is­lamic univer­si­ties in Mal­dives, Afghanistan and a few other coun­tries.

“This spe­cial recog­ni­tion is tes­ta­ment to the suc­cess of our strate­gies, qual­ity lead­er­ship, and the com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion of our aca­demic and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff,” she says.

Prof Zaleha is con­fi­dent that IIUM is ca­pa­ble of de­vel­op­ing strate­gies and in­no­va­tive ideas to re­main com­pet­i­tive and at­trac­tive among the Malaysian and global com­mu­nity as an in­sti­tu­tion of choice for ter­tiary education and con­tin­u­ing education.

The es­tab­lish­ing of IIUM Cres­cent is one of the univer­sity’s strate­gies to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to those seek­ing to achieve their am­bi­tion of pur­su­ing ter­tiary education.

This is in line with the Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to trans­form­ing Malaysia’s education sys­tem as set out in the Education Blue­print, which fo­cuses on equip­ping stu­dents holis­ti­cally to suc­ceed in the 21st cen­tury.

IIUM is com­mit­ted to con­trib­ute to de­vel­op­ing Malaysians who are knowl­edge­able, can think crit­i­cally and cre­atively, have lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

IIUM Cres­cent is the merger of three spe­cialised busi­ness units ( SBUs), which to­gether have more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in of­fer­ing con­tin­u­ing education and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes de­vel­oped by the academics from the var­i­ous Kul­liyyahs in IIUM.

IIUM Cres­cent of­fers a wide range of or­ganic home­grown aca­demic and pro­fes­sional train­ing pro­grammes de­vel­oped by se­nior pro­fes­sors with strong re­search and pub­li­ca­tion back­grounds.

IIUM Cres­cent is based at the IIUM Kuala Lumpur cam­pus lo­cated strate­gi­cally at Per­siaran Tuanku Syed Sir­a­jud­din, Ta­man Duta.

It pro­vides an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to learn­ing with am­ple fa­cil­i­ties, such as well- equipped class­rooms, li­brary, Wi- Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion and study ar­eas and more.

Of­fer­ing post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes cov­er­ing a wide range of dis­ci­plines, IIUM Cres­cent is com­mit­ted to ex­cel­lence in pro­vid­ing con­tin­u­ing education, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, as well as lead­er­ship skills de­vel­op­ment train­ings.

IIUM Cres­cent’s post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in busi­ness and man­age­ment and law as well as pre- univer­sity and lan­guage cour­ses are pop­u­lar with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

IIUM Cres­cent’s sig­na­ture aca­demic pro­grammes are the study of Is­lamic prod­ucts and Is­lamic ser­vices as well as Is­lamic bank­ing and fi­nance ( Cer­tifi­cate in Is­lamic Bank­ing and Fi­nance Law, LLM in Is­lamic Bank­ing and Fi­nance, BSC and MSC in Is­lamic Bank­ing and Fi­nance).

The MBA pro­gramme of­fers spe­cial­i­sa­tions in Is­lamic fi­nance, strate­gic man­age­ment, waqf man­age­ment, con­struc­tion man­age­ment and fi­nance.

Those seek­ing to qual­ify as syariah judges and lawyers can pur­sue the Diploma in Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Is­lamic Ju­di­ciary and Diploma in Shariah Law and Le­gal Prac­tice.

Other post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes now of­fered are the Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( MBA) and Mas­ter of Law ( LLM) with fo­cus on spe­cific ar­eas of law such as Is­lamic fi­nance and bank­ing law, busi­ness law and in­ter­na­tional law.

At doc­toral level, the cen­tre of­fers the Doc­tor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gramme and PhD in var­i­ous ar­eas of Is­lamic stud­ies and so­cial sci­ences.

IIUM Cres­cent wel­comes work­ing adults and those look­ing to en­hance their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

There are also var­i­ous pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes that are tailored to the needs of work­ing adults who need to com­bine work and study.

“As a cen­tre es­tab­lished un­der the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia, a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional univer­sity, it is im­por­tant for IIUM Cres­cent to of­fer pro­grammes and train­ing IIUM Cres­cent, es­tab­lished on Feb 25, is a merger of IIUM’s strate­gic busi­ness units, Grad­u­ate School of Man­age­ment, Harun M. Hashim Law Cen­tre and the In­sti­tute for Lan­guage Ad­vance­ment.

IIUM Cres­cent was set up to gov­ern the univer­sity’s var­i­ous SBUs that of­fer ex­ec­u­tive pro­grammes, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment train­ing and con­tin­u­ing education cour­ses with em­pha­sis on life­long learn­ing.

Dean of IIUM Cres­cent Prof Dr Ainul Jaria Maidin said that it is timely for IIUM to have a cen­tral agency to man­age the life­long learn­ing pro­grammes for pro­mot­ing good gov­er­nance, ef­fi­ciency in im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­sur­ing qual­ity. mod­ules that pro­duce grad­u­ates who are able to in­ter­nalise and put into prac­tice the knowl­edge and skills ac­quired in shap­ing man­age­ment, lead­er­ship and or­gan­i­sa­tional ex­cel­lence,” says IIUM Cres­cent dean Prof Dr Ainul Jaria Maidin.

“Be­ing one of the pi­o­neer­ing in­ter­na­tional Is­lamic univer­si­ties in the re­gion, IIUM em­pha­sises in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion and pro­motes the in­te­gra­tion of Is­lamic val­ues and ethics into all the sci­ences and non- sci­ences pro­grammes. We en­sure our grad­u­ates can be agents of change ei­ther lo­cally or glob­ally.”

The mis­sion of IIUM is to be­come a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional cen­tre of ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence that seeks to re­store the dy­namic and pro­gres­sive role of the Mus­lim Ummah in all branches of knowl­edge and in­tel­lec­tual discourse.

The in­te­gra­tion of Is­lamic prin­ci­ples, val­ues and ethics into the cur­ricu­lum pro­motes the good val­ues of Is­lam that are in con­ver­gence with uni­ver­sal val­ues.

Recog­nis­ing the need to pro­duce holis­tic grad­u­ates, ef­fec­tive and in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes were de­vel­oped and made avail­able us­ing in­no­va­tive teach­ing ped­a­gogy and blended learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Prof Ainul ex­plains that to main­tain the qual­ity of education, the IIUMC’s best prac­tices are im­ple­mented via statu­tory pro­ce­dures and poli­cies en­dorsed by Min­istry of Higher Education.

Its pro­grammes are also ac­cred­ited by the IIUM’s self­ac­cred­i­ta­tion prac­tices and stan­dards set by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

“In ad­di­tion to high- qual­ity stan­dards in aca­demic pro­grammes, the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness in the con­text of teach­ing and learn­ing is main­tained through var­i­ous core pro­cesses cer­ti­fied by ISO9001: 2000

“This body en­sures that the de­liv­ery of the pro­grammes ad­here to the pro­ce­dures stip­u­lated by the Higher Education Min­istry, Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Agency ( MQA), and the univer­sity with re­gards to its im­ple­men­ta­tion and goes to­wards en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of the ser­vices ren­dered,” says Prof Ainul.

IIUM Cres­cent is fo­cused on in­creas­ing the stan­dard of ex­cel­lence in ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dures, achiev­ing ef­fi­ciency in the util­i­sa­tion of re­sources and min­imis­ing is­sues per­tain­ing to hu­man re­source and fi­nan­cial gov­er­nance as well as cus­tomer ser­vices.

IIUM Cres­cent has as one of its mis­sions to es­tab­lish strate­gic part­ner­ship with a wide range qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tem,” says Prof Ainul.

IIUM grad­u­ates will ac­quire high level of English pro­fi­ciency as the lan­guage is the main medium of in­struc­tion be­sides Ba­hasa Malaysia and Ara­bic for cer­tain pro­grammes, es­pe­cially those com­mis­sioned by Malaysian govern­ment de­part­ments and some Gulf coun­tries.

Prof Ainul says, “IIUM Cres­cent cul­ti­vates strate­gic part­ner­ships across the world, col­lab­o­rat­ing in terms of teach­ing, re­search and knowl­edge ex­change.

“This dy­namic strat­egy drives our dis­tinc­tive­ness to con­tinue at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing high­qual­ity stu­dents, staff and col­lab­o­ra­tors.”

IIUM Cres­cent has es­tab­lished part­ner­ships with var­i­ous lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment in Western Aus­tralia, Ge­or­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy ( Ge­or­gia), Malaysian Pris­ons Depart­ment, Malaysian Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, Tabung Haji, Pub­lic Bank Ber­had, Malayan Bank­ing Ber­had, Bank Ne­gara Malaysia, United Na­tion De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, Un­hab­i­tat, Ky­oto Univer­sity, Wis­con­sin Univer­sity USA, Ma’din Academy Ker­ala In­dia, Hong Kong Univer­sity and oth­ers.

The post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes of­fered by IIUM Cres­cent was de­vel­oped tak­ing into ac­count the need to bal­ance be­tween knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal skills such as so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, prac­ti­cal skills, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, lead­er­ship and team­work, man­age­rial and en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­tegrity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. iium. edu. my/ iium­cres­cent or call 03- 6207 3400. of lo­cal in­dus­tries that in­clude skills train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, other higher- learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, as well as govern­ment agen­cies in­volved in of­fer­ing skills train­ing, con­tin­u­ing education cour­ses and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

Your gate­way to pro­fes­sional lead­er­ship ex­cel­lence can start with IIUM, which of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove knowl­edge, skills and cre­den­tials for ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.

Be­sides the op­por­tu­nity to study cour­ses on a full- time or part- time mode taught by highly qual­i­fied teach­ing staff, in­clud­ing in­dus­trial ex­perts, stu­dents at IIUM Cres­cent will ben­e­fit in terms of net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kam­rudin, rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia ( IIUM).

Prof Dr Ainul Jaria Maidin, dean of IIUM Cres­cent.

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