Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairudin Aljunied
Dr Khairudin Aljunied is a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. He specializes on the history of Islam in Southeast Asia, covering topics such as the Muslim networks, social movements, intellectual currents and minorities within and beyond the region. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the National University of Singapore and completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. In late 2013, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. More recently in early 2015, he was a Visiting Professor at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Dr Khairudin is currently working on two research projects. The first is a study of a renowned Southeast Asian scholar, Hamka, and his ideas on reforming Islam in the Malay World. The second project explores Malay-Singaporean diaspora in Melbourne, London, Dubai and Toronto.
Dr Khairudin welcome postgraduate students to work with him on any topics relating to Islam and other religious faiths in Southeast Asia, with a view of comparing the experiences of communities here with other groups in Asian and non-Asian societies.
Creating Ivy League Muslim Universities: Historical Precedents and the Way Forward
Recent world university rankings paint a dark picture of the state of universities across the Muslim world. No university in majority Muslim countries made it to the Top 100, some as in the case of Malaysian universities, have digressed further. While these rankings are not a comprehensive reflection of the quality of universities in the Muslim world, they do provide us with useful areas to be improved and targets to be achieved. In this talk, I will examine historically why universities in the Muslim world were regarded as ivy league institutions and the factors contributing to their success. The presentation will move on to discuss several pertinent and innovative steps that should be undertaken by Muslim universities today to reclaim the achievements of the past so as break new ground for the years to come.