Monday, 16 July 2007

STM Establishes the Institute of World Religions

In response of the increasing demand for continual education and trying challenges in a multi-religious context, STM recently established the Institute of World Religions headed by my colleague, Dr Solomon Rajah.

The objectives of the Institute are to:
  • Establish a rigorous methodology in research and study of religions;

  • Provide research work that deals with epistemology, philosophy, sociology and knowledge of classical and folk religions;

  • Provide the collection of sacred texts and literature in (a) digital form, (b) printed medium, and (c) net locations;

  • Build a reference library of non-Christian religious resources in order to provide access to those engaged in research;

  • Be a facilitator of inter-religious dialogue by organising seminars, workshops and symposiums;

  • Provide regular forums on religious issues of public concern;Establish formal relationship with religious Associations and Centres of higher learning;

  • Document significant religious movements and events in Malaysia;

  • Publish occasional papers on religions and religious issues in Malaysia;

  • Assist research students in their work on religions.

Click here for further information of the Institute and the programmes planned for the coming year.

6 comments:

pearlie said...

Thanks for the heads up. Will certainly check it out further.

The Hedonese said...

Sounds like a great initiative, i hope they will give out some freebies online so we can 'gasak' them for the blog :)

Kar Yong said...

Hedonese,

I'm just thinking you could contribute some freebies so that we could gasak from you!

Anonymous said...

Hedonese and Karyong, so good to hear such words as gasak. I have forgotten these great expressions. Have you read the IKia jokes going around?

Ron
www.areopagus2005.blogspot.com

Kar Yong said...

Hi Ron,

Not sure which one you meant...Anything in the joke that we can gasak and then cetak rompak?

Anonymous said...

Aiseh, I am so paiseh that my Malenglish is getting worse, forgot all those words (cetak rompak, etc.). But can still recognize them.

I am sending you the Ikia joke by email - dunno how to post jpg file on blog.

Look forward to visiting STM next month

Ron