The Family Action Centre is currently hosting a visit by 23 Indonesian academics from two State Islamic Universities: UIN Raden Fatah Palembang and UIN Sumatera Utara.
They are particularly interested in the integration of the three missions of their universities: research, teaching and community outreach.
On Monday we welcomed them and introduced the Family Action Centre. Yesterday a memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of Newcastle and UIN Raden Fatah Palembang.
The objectives of the MOU are:
To facilitate and promote cooperation by investigating opportunities for:
- the development and maintenance of ongoing relationship between the two institutions;
- institution members (academic, administrative and professional staff) as well as students to participate actively in the educational programs of the two institutions.
Yesterday we also explored how the strengths of families and the assets of communities can be utilised to strengthen Muslim families and capable communities, and considered potential collaboration between the three universities (facilitated by our good friend Dee Brooks from the Jeder Institute).
Today and tomorrow we’re taking them to hear about other parts of the University of Newcastle (and having a visit to the beach) and then wrapping up on Friday.
You can read about the second part of their visit here.
If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:
- 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement
- What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)?
- What is community capacity building?
- What are complex problems?
- Bottom-up community development
- 9 principles for supporting families and communities