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BACKGROUND

Islamic educational institutions are still facing severe challenges. Among the challenges are globalization. Its effects appear in capital, cultural, ethical and moral challenges. The globalization era is the era of free markets and free competition, both in products and services. Previously, to build a strong economic base, communities relied heavily on financial capital, the next evolution emphasizes human capital, namely human resources who master science and technology, those who can perform professional tasks, as well as having independent personality and well behaved.

In further development, both money and human capital are now considered to be still inadequate. Precisely the people who want to build a strong base of economy desperately need a firm social-capital, the core of social capital is trust (an attitude of trust) or a community of mutual trust and trustworthy.

According to the observations of some experts, that in the field of social capital, Indonesia has nearly reached the point of zero trust society, or a society that is hard to be trusted. As one of the indicators, according to the survey results, until now the index of corruption in Indonesia reached among the first ranks of countries in Asia. As a result, we are unable to compete with outsiders. Some bases of economy are dominated by foreigners, because they are more reliable than our society itself, while we have to serve them. In the context of education, the emergence of diploma forgery, cheating tradition among students, plagiarism essay, thesis and dissertations, and so on, are also a few other indicators of poor attitude of trust.

Such a phenomenon is a challenge that needs to be answered by Islamic educational institutions, in the sense of what their contribution can give in building a society that has an attitude of trust. What can be done to the students as the next generation for the realization of civil society, which can stand on its own and in collaboration with others to create a community that is prosperous and full of attitude of trust.

In addition, we are also facing globalization in the field of culture, ethics and morals, as a result of technological advances, especially in the field of information. Through the sophisticated mass media, the lead role of teachers / lecturers in general and teachers/lecturers of Islamic religious education have begun to shift, especially in coaching the morality of the learners. The students now have to recognize various sources of learning messages, some are pedagogical and can be easily controlled, while many others are difficult to control. On the other hand, some religious teachings are not able to be instructed as peaceful substances. Furthermore, they are manipulated to be means of violence and radicalism.

In the Indonesian context, the citizens are also confronted with external challenges, namely the rapid change of the strategic environment outside the country. ASEAN free trade (AFTA) took effect since 2003 ago. In the few years later, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will apply from 2010 for developed countries and 2020 for all its members, including Indonesia. Therefore, the Indonesians are in a position of no escape from these external pressures. If today we face a labour competition that is so tight, then the competition will be even tighter in the future, especially concerning with the scramble of foreign workers who participate and enter the job markets in our country.

In facing these challenges, change and innovation are the “key words” that need to be used as a starting point in developing the national education in general. The development can’t be carried out solely by national or local governments, but it requires input and joint movement between all institutions, both educational institutions (elementary, middle, and high), economic institutions, political, social, cultural, religion and society in general, to support the realization of these ideals.

THEME

Main Theme:
Islamic Education: New Challenges and Strategies of Innovations

Topics:

  • Islamic Education in Indonesia; Past, Present, and Future
  • Islamic Education and National Policy
  • Islamic Education and Theology of Tolerance
  • Islamic Education and the Process of Institutionalization

OBJECTIVES
The general objective of the seminar is to identify the challenges of Islamic education as well as to search concepts of innovation. The specific objectives of the seminar are:

  1. To understand the crucial challenges of Islamic education
  2. To describe and analyze concepts and practices of education in Muslim countries as well as their challenges and innovations.
  3. To describe the best practices of implementing educational innovations to reduce negative effects of globalization.
  4. To identify ideal models of educational system in Muslim countries.
  5. To recommend the importance of cooperation and sharing experiences among Muslim countries in the implementation of educational innovations.

DATE AND VENUE
The seminar will be held on November  9-10, 2017 Auditorium of Graduate School, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta, Indonesia.