History of Faculty of Islamic Studies Faculty of Islamic Studies (FAI) is one of the oldest faculties in the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). When the University of Muhammadiyah Malang was established as a branch of Muhammadiyah University of...



History of Faculty of Islamic Studies

Faculty of Islamic Studies (FAI) is one of the oldest faculties in the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). When the University of Muhammadiyah Malang was established as a branch of Muhammadiyah University of Jakarta in 1964, one of its first departments is the Department of Education and Teaching at the Faculty of Islamic Education and Teaching (FPP). Therefore, the Department of Islamic Education (PAI) is one of the embryo of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang.

As an organization of Islamic modernism as well as the organization of propaganda movement of amar ma'ruf amar nahi munkar engaged in the field of social and education, the leaders of Muhammadiyah desired for ideal people, they are people who are capable of affording Muhammadiyah’s vision and mission.  The concept of ideal people is formulated in the simple expression with deep meaning “intellectual Muslim scholars and scholarly Muslim intellect.”On such basis was the Faculty of IslamicStudies of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang established.

Since its first establishment until 1968, this faculty was led by Drs. Syamsul Kislam with Drs. Sofyan Aman as the Rector. At 1968, a historic event happened as the Faculty of Education and Teaching of University of Muhammadiyah Malang officially stand on its own, apart from the University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta. The official Rector of at that time was M. Ridwan Hasyim, while the Faculty Dean was Drs. Masjfuk Zuhdi.

In 1970, the Faculty of Teaching and Education Science, Department of Education and Islamic Teaching changed its name to the Faculty of Tarbiyah and this happened simultaneously with the change of its leader. The Rector was occupied by Drs. Masjfuk Zuhdi, the Dean of Faculty of Tarbiyah was Drs. Imam Hasan, and the secretary of the department was Drs. Tadjab Abdullah. At this time, with the guidance and disciplining of private religious universities conducted by the Department of Religion, which did not allow religious faculties to be the branch of universities outside their Kopertais region, the Majelis Pendidikan dan Pengajaran Muhammadiyah Wilayah (Mapendapwil)_ the Area Board of Education and Teaching of Muhammadiyah_ of East Java decided that the East Java University of Muhammadiyah Malang, especially the Faculty of Tarbiyah, as the parent universities that have filial/ afar faculty in various remote areas such as:
a. Faculty of Religion science, Department of Dakwah (FIAD) in Surabaya
b. Faculty of Tarbiyah IAIM in Kediri
c. Faculty of Tarbiyah IAIM in Ponorogo
d. Faculty and Tarbiyah in Blitar and Surabaya

In the next period, the Dean of Faculty of Tarbiyah was occupied by Drs. H. Slamet U.S. Yusuf, Drs. Tadjab Abdullah, Drs. Muhaimin, Drs. Sudiono, Drs. Ishomuddin (1991-1998). In the academic year of 1984/1985, the Faculty of Syari'ah was established, with the Dean at that time by was Drs. Addul Madjid, SH. In 1993, the Faculty of Syari'ah and Tarbiyah were merged into the Faculty of Islamic Religion Science (FIAI) and eventually became the Faculty of Islamic Religion (FAI). Since 1998-2005, Dean of Faculty of Islamic Religion was occupied by Drs. Moh. Nurhakim, M. Ag and since 2005 until now the Dean is Drs. Khozin, M.Si.

In order to build a real higher education quality (the real university), from time to time, this faculty creates a breakthrough with the development of the learning process and institutional arrangements. Since 1990, FAI UMM has been developing the learning of Intensive Arabic program for the first year of lectures. This program provides students with the Arabic language ability as a means to learn in depth knowledge of Islam. Since 1998, there was an implementation of the twinning program between the Department Syari'ah with the Faculty of Law, so that the students following this program can achieve two degrees in a relatively short time (5 years). In addition, the Department of Tarbiyah, up to the recent time, still carry out the Dakwah Communication programs to equip the students with special skill in Dakwah.

those programs are supported by the learning facility such as Arabic Laboratory, Islamic Studies Media Lab, Tarbiyah Laboratories, Laboratory of Syari'ah, Markaz Da’wah wa Khidmad al- Mujtama’, and the Center for Islamic Studies and Philosophy.

The Development Periodization of Faculty of Islamic Religion
FAI Periodization development can be categorized as following:

Pioneering period (1964-1975)
This is the really hard period for the Faculty of Tarbiyah. The difficulties arised due to the following causes: (1) Limited human resources, especially the lecturer, (2) Limited physical facilities and the finance, (3) a little trust and ability of the community, and (4) still minimum at the adequate social base.

Growth Period (1975-1983)
At this period, the Faculty of Tarbiyah grew along with the growth of infrastructure and suprastructure. The growth of infrastructure was visible from the availability of teachers, physical facilities and institutional stability, while the growth in suprastructure was visible from the government policies, the increase of public needs and purchasing power of higher education, the more developed social base and the growing needs of the society (educated labor market). Faculty leaders at this period was Drs. Masjfuk Zuhdi who, later, became Rector of the University of Muhammadiyah Malang.

The Reformation Period (1983-1998)
The condition of the Faculty of Islamic Religion is closely related to the condition of University of Muhammadiyah Malang. Since the leadership era of Prof. H.A. Malik Fadjar, M. Sc, FAI had been experiencing rapid growth both in the number and the qualification of the lecturers, employees and the number of students as well as the physical and educational facilities. The renewal was conducted in three steps:
- First, ideal consolidation. It took form in synchronization of vision, content, perceptions and ideals of all UMM community about the existence of the faculties, obstacles and challenges faced, and the ideal image of the future Faculty of Islamic Religion. In other words, this consolidation tries to put dreams into reality.
- Second, structural consolidation. It took form in institutional structure rearrangement for the efficiency and effectiveness. This rearrangement is adjusted to the dynamics of the operational institution needs, and not only to meet the formal demands. A structure is made when it is considered functional. - Third, operational consolidation. It took form of coordination, consolidation and evaluation of the policy steps from the top leaders to the lowest level.

Academic Quality Development Period (1998-2005)
This period is also called the development period of higher education. During this period, all of the potential were focused for quality improvement in academic either in teaching learning process, research, writing books or scientific journals, and writing handbook as well like education, students guidance, theses, laboratory, Community Service (KKN) and Practice Teaching (PPL).

Strengthening the Quality of Academic Period (2005 - now in progress)
During this period, the academic quality is set as the priority. Graduates’ competency come to the attention of the faculties, departments and study programs. The steps taken are started from the lecturer placement according to the department and programs of study, the development of journal into two; ulumuddin and progresiva, curriculum review of the two courses; PAI (Islamic Study) and Al-Akhwal Al-Syakhsyiyah, role and function strengthening of the Tarbiyah and Syari’ah laboratory including the production of practicum guidelines and modules. At this period, Tarbiyah students’ PPL (Practice Teaching) and Syari’ah students’ PKL (Field Work Practice) are conducted by the two laboratories.



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