The Association of Private Islamic Higher Education Institutions (APTIKIS) Indonesia successfully carried out the Inauguration and its National Meeting (Rakernas) which also organized a National Seminar on Thursday (11/05).
The event was attended by various private Islamic higher education institutions in Indonesia, including the Sekolah Tinggi Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan (STKIP) Muhammadiyah Barru. It also invited several speakers, namely the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the Rector of Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Prof. Dr. Fathul Wahid, S.T., M.Sc., and the Rector of Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar (Unismuh), Prof. Dr. H. Ambo Asse, M.Ag.
On this occasion, STKIP Muhammadiyah Barru established several cooperation with other universities in education, research, and community service. The commitment to collaborate was expected to improve the quality and performance of higher education in facing contemporary challenges.
Dr. Andi Fiptar Alam, the Chairman of STKIP Muhammadiyah Barru, expressed his gratitude for the implementation of APTIKIS programs. “As well as bringing various advantages to higher education institutions,” said Andi Fiptar.
The member of the APTIKIS Expert Council, Ismail Suardi Wekke, expressed his gratitude for the committee’s hard work in organizing the event. He also appreciated the contribution and participation of all members of APTIKIS.
“We are very grateful and proud to be part of APTIKIS which becomes the first association of private Islamic higher education institutions in Indonesia. We hope that through this program, we can share experiences, knowledge, and innovations to develop Islamic education that is relevant to the times,” said Ismail Suardi Wekke who was in London on Thursday (11/05).
Ismail Suardi Wekke also emphasized the importance of establishing strategic networks with various parties and policy makers to strengthen the role and position of private Islamic higher education institutions in Indonesia. Then, he hoped APTIKIS could become an advocating and affirming forum for the private Islamic higher education institutions to share interests and aspirations.
“We would like to thank the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs for providing support and appreciation to APTIKIS by being present in Makassar. We also invite all private Islamic higher education institutions to join APTIKIS and jointly build excellent, competitive, and applicable Islamic education for the communities,” Ismail Suardi Wekke concluded.