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Holistic academic development from the Ulū Al-Albāb approach: Challenges and opportunities

Mhd. Sarif, Suhaimi and Ismail, Yusof (2013) Holistic academic development from the Ulū Al-Albāb approach: Challenges and opportunities. In: IIUM Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2013, 19-20th February 2013, Cultural Activity Centre (CAC) and KAED Gallery, IIUM.

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This paper explores the challenges and opportunities from using the Ulū al-Albāb(men of the understanding) approach as a mean for holistic academic development. Significance of the study: The Ulū al-Albāb approach integrates individual and collective physical, intellectual and spiritual dimensions to produce academicians that are thoughtful, conscious, and dynamic in the academic world. The conventional paradigm emphasises on physical and material aspects with some superficial inclusion of spirituality, which contributes to imbalance human growth in the academic field. The significant gap between conventional and the Ulū al-Albāb approach is the emphasis on the understanding about the essence of life, particularly in academic development. Methodology: An opinion survey with academicians from selected public universities in Malaysia who are familiar with conventional academic development and the Islamic education scheme to answer “what are the challenges and opportunities for implementing holistic academic development approach?” There is no right or wrong answer. Respondents are free to express their views. Findings: The results show that the informants perceived that the Ulū al-Albāb approach is commendable insights to nurture academics into holistic and dynamic modern academic development. The challenges include ethical issues intensity, individual factors, organizational factors, and industrial factors. Despites the challenges, respondents suggested that the opportunities can be obtained from good relationship among colleagues/co-workers, professional networking, and pressures from the stakeholders. Limitations: However, the views of the academicians are not comprehensive and rigorous without the views from other stakeholders. Nevertheless, higher education policy makers can apply the Ulū al-Albāb approach into the existing academic development programs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 3328/29673
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5549 Personnel management
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Dr Suhaimi Mhd Sarif
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 15:54
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 15:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/29673

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