UAD and 4 PTMs Appointed for School Establishment and Development in Australia

Ahmad Dahlan University (UAD) along with 4 other Muhammadiyah Universities (PTM) was appointed by PP Muhammadiyah to be directly involved in establishing and developing a school in Australia.

The 10-hectare land located in Narre Warren East is a very strategic area in the southeast of Melbourne. UAD Vice Rector III, Dr. Muchlas M.T., who participated to see the location, said that the land was prepared by PP Muhammadiyah as the location of Muhammadiyah Australian College school whose grand design is currently being prepared.

"When we visited the location, there had been a building temporarily used as the office of Muhammadiyah Special Branch (PCIM) Australia, as well as the Muhammadiyah charity office in Australia," he said later.

This building had existed when the land was purchased. Because it was still considered to have solid construction, it was decided to be temporarily used as an office after the feasibility test was done by the local government.

"During the visit, we were invited to see around the land and was guided by Mas Khamim (Chairman of PCIM Australia) and Mas Edward (one of the PCIM officials), to see firsthand the sections of lands and landscapes that had been acquired by Muhammadiyah. After completing the tour, we were invited to discuss the aspects of Muhammadiyah Australian College's development, starting from its visions, missions, to the implementation of the education and teaching in the PCIM secretarial room. On this occasion, Dr. Haedar Nashir, M.Si., provided inputs for the improvement of the Muhammadiyah school plan."

Haedar Nasir, as the Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah, requests that the school to be built in Australia can be one Muhammadiyah excellence in the field of education as the realization of developed Islam vision implementation. This school will not only be reserved for Indonesian children living in Australia, but also for children in Indonesia who want a superior education abroad with a basis of Islamic values.

Rector of UAD, Dr. Kasiyarno, M.Hum, hopes that in the future development, this school can become a pride educational institution, not only for Muhammadiyah, but also for the nation. He also hopes that the school is able to educate Indonesian children to be global insightful people with Islamic values ​​deeply embedded in them. (doc)