Saturday, August 06, 2011

MEDAN TRIP 24-29th JULY 2011

24th July: Arriving Polonia International Airport, Medan with (from L-R) Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad, Dr Zahri Hamat and Dr Zakaria Bahari

I was in Medan on 24th till 29th July 2011, to carry out my tasks as Visiting Professor at Universitas Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia (UPMI), Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara (UMSU), Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU) and Universitas Medan Area (UMA). I was appointed to the position by UMSU for about two years now, while by other three universities quite recently for a duration of between 6 to 12 months.

Together with me were ISDEV Deputy Director Dr Fadzila Azni Ahmad and ISDEV lecturer Dr Zahri Hamat who were appointed as Visiting Fellows by Universitas Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia (UPMI) and ISDEV lecturer Dr Zakaria Bahari who was appointed as Visiting Fellow by Universitas Medan Area (UMA). Another ISDEV lecturer, Dr Mohamad Zaini Abu Bakar was already at UMA on his sabbatical leave and serves as a Visiting Fellow at the university.

Below are some of the activities during the visit.

24th July: Welcome by Medan brothers at the Polonia International Airport
25th July: After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Rector of Universiti Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia, H. Syahruddin Siregar
25th July: Audiences at Universiti Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia listening to my talk on Heart-to-Heart Education: Theory and Practice
25th July: With Universiti Pembinaan Masyarakat Indonesia's Cultural Club who performed Tari Persembahan at the beginning and end of the occasion

25th July: My PhD student Al-Umry presenting his proposal at Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara and successfully got a nod to proceed

26th July: Delivering an introductory speech at Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara's International Seminar

26th July: Presenting a talk on Heart-Based Education at Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara's International Seminar. On the extreme right is Prof Asmuni, the Head of Persyarikatan Muhammadiyah of North Sumatera

27th July: A banner at Universitas Sumatera Utara, displaying my Public Lecture

27th July: Delivering a lecture at Universitas Sumatera Utara on Islamic Rural Planning: Why and What
27th July: Some of the participants at Universitas Sumatera Utara's lecture
28th July: Delivering a lecture at Universitas Medan Area on Islamic-Based Development: Theoretical and Practical Challenges
28th July: Some of the audiences at Universitas Medan Area's lecture
29th July: Lastly, ready to fly back to Penang

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