AKU-ISMC is pleased to welcome a new cohort to its MA Programme. Students attended a week long orientation from 18th September, and have officially begun classes from the 27th onwards. Over the course of the two-year programme, students will study Muslim cultures as they have evolved over time, in all their historical and contemporary diversity.
The orientation week familiarised the students with the philosophical underpinnings of the MA Programme and the institutional research agenda. They were also introduced to some academic institutions in London whose resources are available to them including the British Library and the libraries of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Senate House.
Students also received an introduction to London and its academic and cultural resources. In addition to this, they participated in a range of cultural and social outings, including an excursion to Canterbury and Dover Castle, a concert at the Royal Festival Hall and a guided tour of Westminster.
The Class of 2012 is made up of 20 students who come from nine different countries including Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Syria, Nigeria, the United States and France. The cohort this year is the most diverse that the Institute has seen since the MA Programme was launched in 2006.
AKU-ISMC is proud to attract such a diverse student body. The varied approaches and attitudes of each student, their different languages and cultures, and their own individual skills and strengths are a considerable asset that will contribute to the richness of the MA Programme.
Coordinator, Planning & Academic Development
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations