Malaysia Education Minister Dato’ Seri Idris Jureh and his delegation visited Ibn Haldun University campus in Başakşehir. Minister Jureh discussed future cooperation possibilities with Professor Recep Şentürk, President of Ibn Haldun University and N. Bilal Erdoğan, Vice President of the Board of Trustees.
Both delegations discussed a number of mutual projects including, student and scholar exchange in the field of Islamic finance and banking which Malaysia is quite experienced, establishing a Malay Research Center at Ibn Haldun University to teach Malay and to convey Malay culture and heritage. The possibility of launching Center for Ottoman and Turkish Studies in Malaysia was also on the agenda.
Professor Şentürk said, the visions of both delegations are so close to each other and they agreed on the vision of “intellectual independence.” “We are very keen to construct the field of social sciences” said Professor Şentürk and added: “Instead of directly importing information from the West, we can revive our own wisdom with their knowledge using an interdisciplinary way.” Professor Şentürk said Ibn Haldun University is willing to have an extended cooperation with Malaysia and both parties can break grounds in common projects.
Malaysian Education Minister Dato’ Seri Idris Jureh emphasized that Turkey has a long established waqf culture and they want to improve their relations in that field. Malaysian Minister said they are willing to work closely with Ibn Haldun University to organize seminars, workshops, conferences and a global waqf organization.