UIII to become Indonesian Islamic civilization study center

Depok, W Java, (ANTARA News)- President JokoWidodo (Jokowi) has hoped that the planned Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII) would become a study center and a research center for Islamic civilization in Indonesia.

“Because we are known as the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, it is normal if Indonesia becomes a reference for Islamic civilization progress in the world,” President Jokowi said in his remarks after he laid the first cornerstone for construction of the UIII campus in Cimanggis, here, Tuesday.

The UIII campus is expected to become a place that produces ideas for the acceleration of welfare for Muslims, and social justice for all Indonesian people.

“And ideas to materialize Indonesia as baldatunthayyibatunwaRabbunghafur,” he said.

President Jokowi and Vice President M. JusufKalla laid the first cornerstone for the construction of the UIII campus.

On the occasion, the head of state was accompanied by Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin; Public Works and Public Housing Minister BasukiHadimuljno; Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister M. Nasir; and Governor of West Java Province Ahmad Heryawan.

Construction of the UIII campus had been planned since the past two years, according to Jokowi.

The plan had been discussed for two years but finding the land was not easy, he noted.

Jokowi said he was keen to allocate one thousand hectares of land for the UIII campus, but it was difficult to find land on Java Island.

“I offered (land) outside Java, but all teams disagreed,” he added.

“In fact, we get 142 hectares of land, which is far from one thousand hectares. However, after I observed it on the field, I was surprised, as 142 hectares of land is already quite vast. Alhamdulillah (thank God). Imagine if we could have got one thousand hectares,” Jokowi pointed out.

The president revealed that the design of the UIII campus will be futuristic.

reported by JokoSusilo

Source: Antara News