(A Branch of The Islamic College, London, The United Kingdom, in Cooperation with Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Welcome to the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) Jakarta, a cooperation of ICAS London (an institution of higher learning accredited by The British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC) with Paramadina University, a prominent higher learning institution in Jakarta, Indonesia. This institution is founded as a center for research and development of sciences and knowledge in the world of Islam, covering its early period until the modern times, encompassing the theoretical and practical aspects of both disciplines.
ICAS believes that the contemporary world is facing enormous and complicated challenges, requiring serious attentions, profound insights, reflective wisdom, and sound religious thought on the part of the Islamic world. The college holds that philosophical and rational approaches in religious, especially Islamic, studies would be crucial to meet the above-mentioned challenges.
“Dialogue” is the key word of the college. In addition to constructing a balanced dialogue between Islamic civilization and other civilizations in the world, the college seeks to establish dialogues between philosophy and religion, philosophy and science, religion and science, philosophy and mysticism, and mysticism and religious jurisprudence. In addition to that, ICAS acknowledge the need for a dialogue between Islamic thought and civilization, on one side, and contemporary thoughts, cultures and civilizations, on the other.
.Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) is a unique, pioneering, and dynamic institution. It offers a comprehensive and high quality higher education in the field of Islamic Studies and encourages life-long learning and research. The college aims to equip its students with knowledge and understanding of the Islamic way of life for their personal welfare as well as to enable them to take a positive role in the society.
ICAS offers innovative studies, which are still unavailable in other similar institutions in Indonesia. It is a synthesis of traditional and contemporary approaches that is geared towards the development of progressive Islamic sciences. ICAS’ philosophy is one of harmony, which it attempts to nurture in the whole educational circumstances; a harmony between ethics and knowledge, between theory and practice, between Islamic eternal values and progressive Islamic civilization and modern education.
At ICAS, students have the opportunity to take BA and MA degree courses as well as doctorate degree in a wide range of Islamic subjects. The college strives for excellence within an intellectually rigorous, caring, and friendly Islamic environment. ICAS offers philosophical and rational education filled with religious wisdom, especially Islamic Studies. ICAS provides the best opportunity for every student to study the profound treasure of Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Mysticism, Islamic Thought, and Islamic Jurisprudence in its proper context and perspective.
Its highly qualified academic staffs provide students with support and guidance, enabling them to develop and endeavor to their fullest potentials. The college has well-established links with universities and other centers of higher education. Excellent information technology, educational and academic facilities are available for the students’ perusal.
The headquarter of the college is located in a popular area of London , United Kingdom . Originally established in 1999 in London , ICAS grew and founded its branches in New York , Ghana and Jakarta .
ICAS Jakarta was opened in 2003. Representative from ICAS London, Dr. Ali Movaheddi, and most prominent Islamic scholar from Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Nurcholish Madjid, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 29, 2002. The MOU was legalized by Dirjen Binbaga (The General Directorate of Islamic Organizations from the Ministry of Religious Affair of Republic of Indonesia) and confirmed by the State Secretary of Republic of Indonesia.
Reviewing the progress of advanced Islamic studies in Indonesia , as reflected by the development of IAIN (The State Institute of Islamic Studies), Husni Rahim (an official in the Department of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia ) noted the serious challenges of globalization and the need for the students of advanced Islamic studies in Indonesia to respond to the issue in the most judicious way. He concluded by setting out three items on the agenda :to improve the quality of human resources; and that includes lecturers, staffs and employees in the department of religious affairs; to develop a broad network of cooperation between universities and research centers both inside and outside the country, connecting Islamic traditional institutions such as madrasa and pesantren (Islamic boarding schools, hawza) ; and to bring discourses beyond the traditional discussions of Islamic Doctrines. Indonesian Islamic educational institutions need to explore new frontiers embracing not only sociological and anthropological studies of religion, but also scientific disciplines which have so far been neglected by Islamic institutions.”
Rahim’s agenda, though originally confined to IAIN, is indeed relevant to all Islamic institutions in Indonesia . It is in response to his observation that The Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) in London proposed to establish a branch in Indonesia . The College, accredited by Cambridge and Oxford Universities , had attempted to expand its enterprise to Moslem countries all over the world. Indonesia has been chosen as the most strategic site for its first regional office in South East Asia for several reasons:
First, Indonesia has been well-known for its religiosity characterized by open-mindedness, inclusiveness, and tolerance. Throughout its history, Indonesia has served as a meeting point for different civilizations. With respect to Islamic knowledge, however, Indonesia’s experience has been more tied to the Middle-Eastern regions. Therefore the College will bring the traditions of all schools of Islamic Thought together and examine them in a free academic environment.
Since the language of instruction is English, while Arabic is taught as core subject, students will be expected not only to have access to a very rich body of Islamic literature but also to take part in a global discourse on Islamic thought and civilization. In this way the College is expected to contribute to the improvement of human resources so much needed in the present situations.
Second, Indonesia, as the largest Muslim population in the world, naturally has the largest number of students studying Islam in higher educational institution. Excluding thousands of students who are studying abroad, almost two hundred thousand students are pursuing degrees in Islamic Studies within the country. Notwithstanding the need for continuous improvement, they form a strong ground for a well developed educational programs, if only they find a good support system. Considering the scanty resources available to Indonesian students today, we need to resort to “outsourcing strategy”. It would mean, as Rahim noted earlier, the development of a networking that would allow outside resources to come in. The Islamic College will help building an international network of human and financial resources for the benefit of Muslims in Indonesia in particular and in the world in general.
Third, according to an International experts in Islamic studies, Johann Meuleman, advanced Islamic studies in Indonesia is currently at the crossroad in which traditional Islamic sciences encounter modern sciences while the state is in conflict with civil society. The College will focus on this encounter of civilizations, developing the programs in such a way that will cater for the different needs and therefore designing special curricula for special students. In sum, we hope that the College will help Indonesian Students in getting a handle on the complex issues involved in the globalization process.
At the first year of its establishment in 2003, ICAS Jakarta opened its Masters program in Islamic Philosophy. A year later, it opened its Masters program in Islamic Mysticism. Its Bachelor program was started in the year of 2995.
Vision, Mission and Aim
The main principle of Islam is for it to be rahmatan lil alamin (a mercy for the universe). However, there is a tendency within the Muslims and non-Muslims to confine it within the private sphere of religious experience. This also leads to the process of marginalization of Muslims and put them in the position of imitators of other people’s ideas and opinions devoid of creativity and originality. ICAS Jakarta believes that only by integrating reason with the holy teachings of Islam that Muslims can suitably re-construct their thoughts within the global civilization.
To develop ICAS so as to become a unique scholarly institution by providing a well-designed environment for achieving academic as well as moral and spiritual excellence.
Our Special Mission in Indonesia
To establish an international institution of higher learning, facilitating advanced studies in Islamic science, by combining the traditions of all Islamic schools of thoughts, promoting a productive encounter and dialogue between Islam and the modern worlds, and bringing the Indonesian and other South-East Asian Students into international discourses on Islam in a global perspective.
Aims & Objectives
- To provide students with the original, holistic and comprehensive knowledge on Islamic Studies, Islamic Philosophy and Islamic Mysticism
- To prepare students to conduct independent learning
- To prepare them for higher degree courses in their fields
- To enable students to conduct research on Islamic topics
- To provide students with the opportunity to understand Islam directly from the original Islamic sources as well as to develop their moral, spiritual and intellectual capacities
- To provide them with the opportunity to fulfill their academic potential to the best of their ability in the field of Islamic Studies, Islamic Philosophy and Islamic Mysticism
- To provide students with the opportunity to appreciate Islam through the application of comparative method and approach.
- To provide an opportunity for the next generation of Muslim students to become self-confident and, at the same time, open-minded Muslims who are qualified in teaching Islamic Studies, Islamic Philosophy and Islamic Mysticism
- To promote inter-academic co-operations among institutions of the same interest and concern within the country and abroad.
ICAS Jakarta is operated in cooperation with Paramadina University based on the:
Surat Keputusan Mentri Agama Republik Indonesia Nomor 70 Tahun 1998, Tentang Pembentukan Program Magister Ilmu Agama Islam, Yayasan Paramadina Mulya Jakarta. 9 February 1990.
Surat Keputusan Direktur Jendral Pembinaan Kelembagaan Agama Islam No. E/192/2001, Tentang Penyelenggaraan Kerjasama Program Kembaran dan Pemanfaatan Sumber Daya antara Universitas Paramadina Mulya dengan Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) London , United Kingdom . Jakarta, 28 Juni 2001.
SK Ditjen Pendidikan Islam, Departemen Agama Republik of Indonesia
No: Dj.I/618/2009, Tentang Perpanjangan Ijin Penyelenggaraan Program Studi Pascasarjana (S2) pada Perguruan Tinggi Agama Islam (PTAI) tahun 2009