Rotterdam – August 30th, 2016
Islamic University of Rotterdam opens academic year with 300 students
The Islamic University of Rotterdam opens its academic year 2016-2017 this week in Rotterdam with more than 300 students. It is of importance that muslims who are living in a non-muslim country should not violate the national law, in which context the IUR aims to educate proper Dutch theologians as well as proper citizens of the Netherlands, without having to do concessions on the principles of the religion.
With the attendance of HE Ambassador of Saudi-Arabia, the Consul-General of Turkey and the Attaché for Education and Culture of Indonesia, rector Prof. Dr. Ahmed Akgündüz heralded the new academic year by announcing that muslims who live in a non-muslim country should not violate the national law. “At the same time we cannot appropriate us these rules by doing consessions and give in on our religion. The endeavor of IUR is to educate both a proper Dutch-Islamic theologian as well as a proper citizen of the Netherlands”, as rector Akgündüz has stated.
The University wishes, along with its activities in the Erasmus+ Mobility Programme, to contribute for the development of citizenship and social responsibility of its students. Consul-General Sadin Ayyildiz of the Turkish Consulate emphasized that the Islamic University of Rotterdam as transparant higher education institution plays an important role in the peaceful coexistence in the Netherlands. The Attaché for Education and Culture of the Embassy of Indonesia underlined the importance of IUR to strenghthen its relationship with Indonesian partner universities.
Member of the IUR’s Supervisory Board, Prof. Dr. Jan Peters, drew attention on the task of IUR to display the correct Islam and its rich history. “Considering the current political situation, also in the Netherlands, I think that the duty of our University is more important than it was in the recent years”, thus Peters.