Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Prof Syukri (3rd from left) and Dr Zakaria (right) with some of the participants.

The leaders of ISDEV, Prof. Muhammad Syukri Salleh (ISDEV Director) and Dr. Zakaria Bahari (ISDEV Deputy Director) were recently flown to Bandung, Indonesia to attend an exclusive training program organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Islam Bandung (UNISBA). The three day training program on "Islamic Development Economics’ started on 20 until 22 August 2014. 

Prof Syukri presenting his paper to an exclusive audience

The first day of the program saw Prof Syukri presenting his respective papers and providing training to the participants which were limited to 20 only. The participants consisted of academics from universities as well as practitioners around Indonesia such as Jakarta, Semarang, Yogjakarta, Bogor and Bandung.

Prof. Syukri presented his paper on “The Principles of Islamic-Based Development” and "Islamic Management of Poverty", while Dr. Zakaria Bahari on the third day presented on "The State of Islamic Economic".

A representative of the organiser presenting a plaque to Dr Zakaria 

In between the lectures, Prof Syukri held a meeting with Dr. Atih Rohaeti Dariah (one of ISDEV Co-Researchers of the Research University Team (RUT) and Dr Hakimi from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia pertaining to Islamic Development Bank-sponsored research project on Islamic Sustainable Development.

Prof Syukri and Dr Zakaria too have a chance to visit Darut Tauhid which was founded by Abdullah Gymnastiar (or popularly known as AA Gym) who built Darut Tauhid based on “Manajemen Qalbu’ (Management of the Spiritual Heart). 

Having a light yet meaningful discussion with the founder AA Gym (2nd from right)
(from right to left) Dr Zakaria, AA Gym, Prof Syukri and Dr Atih at Darut Tauhid
Thereafter Prof. Syukri and Dr. Zakaria went to visit a T-Shirt printing factory owned and operated by Bandung born Erin Ramadhan who was once Prof. Syukri's student.

The visit to the T-shirt printing factory. Erin Ramadhan (left) is seen standing 
closely to his ex-lecturer, Prof Syukri (2nd from left).

The third day was the closing ceremony yet a closer tie was forged in which further cooperation between ISDEV and UNISBA was forged. The presence of Dr. Atih has helped to cement this close knit tie as she is a member of the project which conducts research in RUT on "Mould and Index of Islamic Development" which has paved the way for future research projects to be designed more easily. 

In addition, the training organised by UNISBA is also expected to serve as an annual ISDEV-UNISBA activity where more players could be involved, including students of both institutions are given the exposure and opportunity to participate in this training in the near future.

Prof. Syukri and Dr. Zakaria with the Dean of the Faculty of Economics Sciences and Business (left), UNISBA
Prof Syukri and Dr Zakaria were the dinner guests of the Rector of Universitas Islam Bandung, 
Prof. Dr. Taufik M. Boesoiri (left) and his wife 

Besides attending formal activities during their recent trip, Prof Syukri and Dr Zakaria were invited to attend a casual dinner with the UNISBA's Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business on the first night, and on the second night becoming the dinner guests of Rector of UNISBA, Prof. Dr. Taufik M. Boesoiri at his residence.

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