4. Uluslararası Eğitim ve İstihdam Konferansı

Overview

In the last few decades of the post-colonial era, the Islamic world finds it pertinent to give increasing attention to the growth and development of its higher education sector. Without any doubt, during this short period, the Islamic world as a whole has recorded remarkable growth in its tertiary education institutions, especially universities. In the case of the more economically developed Muslim countries, this rapid growth has generated numerous issues and challenges pertaining to higher education policies, the ownership and funding of universities and university-colleges, their governance, and the quality and employability of their graduates. There is also the issue of “unfair” competition between public and private universities and university-colleges and performance gap between them that generally tends to favor the latter. Many of these issues are long standing awaiting solutions.

The past three conferences in the series have each devoted to one of these contemporary issues in Muslim higher educations as a general theme for its deliberation. Madinah Institute for Leadership & Entrepreneurship (MILE) would host the Fourth International Conference on Education and Employment to be held on 3rd – 4th September, 2013 in Madinah and it would deliberate on the theme ‘Producing High Quality Muslim University Graduates: Harmonizing Employability and Cultural Literacy Needs’. The choice of this theme is dictated by two major trends in Muslim higher education, namely rising unemployment and the decline of cultural literacy among university graduates. Both trends if left unchecked could have negative implications for the future health of Muslim societies. Paradoxically, the more university education is designed to be specifically tailored to meet the needs of the job market the higher the rate of unemployment among graduates become. Moreover, this heavily market oriented university curriculum has undermined the place and role of the humanities and the social sciences, which are traditionally the main intellectual agents of cultural literacy in university education. Without cultural literacy and adequate supply of social scientists imbued with Islamic values, Muslim communities will become vulnerable to the spread of social ills among them. Thus, there is an urgent need to address the issues of employability of graduates and cultural literacy together from a wider societal perspective than currently envisaged.

Objectives

To help promote a better understanding of the meaning of quality university graduates in Islamic terms
To rethink the meaning and significance of cultural literacy as a major goal of higher education in Muslim countries
To help address the outstanding multi-dimensional problem of rising unemployment among Muslim university graduates in particular and Muslim youths in general
To reexamine the issue of the prevailing unhealthy imbalance in university education policies in Muslim countries between meeting graduates employability needs and that of their cultural literacy needs
To explore the possibility of Muslim countries and communities adopting common approaches and strategies in addressing the issue of employability of graduates
Subthemes of the Conference

Quality university graduate: its concept, characteristics, and indicators in Islamic, Western and Eastern understandings
The determining factors of quality university graduate
The meaning of cultural literacy in Islamic perspectives
Cultural literacy and identity
The implications of cultural literacy as a major goal in University education for curriculum design
Rising unemployment among university graduates: causes and remedies
University education and the issues of employability of graduates and the job market
Reviewing the traditional relationship between the University and the community
A model University curriculum to meet the needs of graduate employability and cultural literacy
Strategies and action plans to overcome the problems of unemployment and cultural illiteracy among Muslim graduates

About MILE

The Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE) is a leading Corporate Social Responsibility Program dedicated to enhancing leadership capacity and entrepreneurial excellence in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Strategically located in the Madinah Knowledge Economic City of Saudi Arabia; MILE is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Savola Group that has grown into a collaborative initiative attracting participation from global business schools, academic professors, management consulting organizations, and professional associations.

To answer the call to close the evident leadership deficit in the region; in the fall of 2008 a brainstorming retreat was held in Dubai UAE to conceive the vision for the young institute. The session was was attended by academic and business leaders from McKinsey & Co., Kenexa, Islamic Development Bank, Savola Group and Leading Concepts to help shape the strategy and align MILE’s operating model according to global best practices in executive education.

As a result, MILE has executed its strategy of building regional intellectual capital reserves by introducing a unique business model that ensures sustainability and relevant talent development opportunities for current and emerging business leaders. This value proposition has been enhanced by leveraging the combination of Madinah’s prestigious location with the affinity of the more than 1 billion Muslims around the world.

Program Speakers

His Excellency Eng. Adel Fakeih
Minister of Labor, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
His Excellency Dato Seri Professor Dr Zaini Ujang
Secretary-General II, Ministry of Education, Malaysia
Dr Mohamad Moustafa Mahmoud
CEO, Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Professor Dr Bilal Kuspinar
Director, International Rumi Center for the Study of Civilizations, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
Professor Dr Anis Ahmad
Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dr Abdulkarim H. Alnujaidi
Executive Deputy Director General, Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF),
Ministry of Labor, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr Saleh bin Abdurrahman Al Amr
CEO, Colleges of Excellence, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Assistant Professor Dr Sukree Langputeh
Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Yala Islamic University, Thailand
Associate Professor Dr Saim Kayadibi
Department of Economics, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences,
International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM)
Professor Dr Nasim Shirazi
Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Professor Dr Mohd Majid bin Konting
Deputy Director, Academy of Higher Learning Leadership (AKEPT)
Ministry of Education, Malaysia
Mdm Sukarti Binte Asmoin
Principal, Madrasah Al-Ma’arif Al-Islamiah, Singapore
Professor Dato’ Dr Nik Mohd Nasri Nik Ismail
Director Coordinating the Development of Health Complex,
Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia
Dr Nazri Muslim
Senior Lecturer at Centre for General Studies, National University of Malaysia
Professor Dr Mohd Nasran Mohamad
Dean at Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Mr Faisal Tahir Khan
CEO of FT Konsepts, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Enquiries Contact Information
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