Muhammadiyah Higher Education Possesses a Vital Role in Confronting a Disruptive Era

March 16, 2019 by : Una

Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) is one of Muhammadiyah businesses focusing on an education sector. Within 38 years, UMY has successfully contributed to enrich the life of the nation. General Secretary of Central Board of Muhammadiyah Dr. H. Abdul Mu’ti, M.Ed. revealed that UMY should be an educational institution that can resolve problems in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“Muhammadiyah Higher Education as educational institutions should possess at least three primary functions, namely educational, preaching, and charity institutions,” delivered Abdul Mu’ti at Malam Refleksi of UMY’s 38th Anniversary Commemoration, held in Masjid K.H. Ahmad Dahlan on Thursday (28/2).

The existence of Muhammadiyah giving benefits to its ummah (people) till now is a result of endeavor of the Muhammadiyah members. Muhammadiyah has contributed to improve quality of human resources through teaching and learning processes. Abdul Mu’ti mentioned that education improvement should be perennially performed since defiance of time always changes. Nowadays, many people perceive to be experts in a certain area which they do not master. They only access information from internet.

Abdul Mu’ti added, “Recently, many people believe possessing scientific authority even though they are not doctors or professors. As technology evolves, one can feel proficient in a scientific field.”

Therefore, UMY holds a vital responsibility to fend the phenomenon. Thus, meddling into this advanced technology era, UMY is still able to carry its true identity. In the era of industrial revolution 4.0, identity is important to define values of an institution, so later it will not be easily dragged into mainstream flow of the community. Lecturers and students should solicit books and literatures by people who are sufficiently proficient in science, not just writings from internet and social media. Abdul Mu’ti continued, “Muslim academicians, especially who come from Muhammadiyah backgrounds, should not refer to media whose writers cannot be identified.”

Abdul Mu’ti maintained that development of technology also brings influence towards people’s credence in religious laws. It is clearly demonstrated by a fact that nowadays Muslims favor to refer to popular religious figures than those who possess credibility. Although there are many qualified scholars in a field of Islamic science, as long as they do not own fame, their sayings will not make any consideration. This occasion happens because people tend to overhear preaching from social media. Departing from the problem, higher education, especially Muhammadiyah higher education, should seize the popular discourse from the society.

“Higher education should maximize its function as the preaching institution whose pace is distribute wasathiyah (fair) and progressive information enclosed with coherent and measurable scientific reference,” informed Abdul Mu’ti.

At the end of preaching, Abdul Mu’ti hoped that UMY can incur more integrity among science disciplines. Therefore, he also hoped that alumni of UMY can impart preaching to society through sciences, also can resolve problems in a diverse society. “UMY has various faculties so that I suppose that students are given religious provision which can prepare them to lead Islam in a better way,” ended Abdul Mu’ti.