UMY Publishes Books and References Encompassing Islamic Values to Enhance Educational Competences

To enhance productivity of teaching staffs, Office of Research, Publication, and Community Service (LP3M) of Universitas Muhmmadiyah conducted Book Camp, a training in managing teaching materials and references used in a learning and teaching process, on Thursday (31/1) at Grand Serela Hotel. It was an implementation of Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi (Three Principles of Higher Education).

Vice Rector for Academic Dr. Ir. Sukamta, M.T., IPM stated that the textbooks and references are a guideline for lecturers in teaching or conducting research. “Meanwhile, the references contain a number of studies on certain fields done by the lecturers. They are outputs of the university research and community service to support education at the university. At the Book Camp, 52 lecturers will write textbooks and 31 write references,” he informed.

The number of Book Camp participants and books increased from last year. “There were only 35 lecturers last year, but this year 100 lecturers are engaged in the Book Camp. Indeed, commenced this year, each book should encompass aspects of Islam and Muhammadiyah teaching which become characteristics of UMY books. The books should not explicitly mention the features, but have to represent Islam and Muhammsadiyah. For instance, readers of sociological books can learn both knowledge and how and Muhammadiyah view, respond, and provide resolutions of the sociological issues,” explained Sukamta.

Besides, a speaker at the Book Camp, Deputy Chief of Council of Cadre Education of Muhammadiyah Munawwar Khalil conveyed that one of the means to internalize Islam and Muhammadiyah is an internalizing process. “Relationships between Islam and science are divided into four aspects, namely conflict, independence, dialogue, and integration. To achieve the integration, an objectification approach proposed by Kuntowidjoyo can be applied. The method can be undertaken by seeing reality from Islamic views. The key is that Islam should become sciences rather turning the sciences as Islam,” emphasized Munawwar.

“Another approach is integrating Islam and sciences. Correlation between a science and another science is an impact of respecting and deeming each other. The interconnection is a stepping stone to be integrated, and it should be recognized that not all sciences can be integrated to religious teachings,” maintained Munawwar.

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