Muslim Leadership Program

Our world is undergoing profound change.
Are you ready to face the challenges of tomorrow?

The Muslim Leadership Program (MLP) is an annual program co-coordinated by the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV).

  • Network with Australia’s leading shapers of public policy and opinion in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney
  • Engage with future thought leaders from Muslim communities in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East
  • Learn new organisational and communication skills and find out more about exciting new community projects and initiatives

Apply before 31 August 

Why such a course?

The world around us is at a critical historical juncture, experiencing a profound transformation that offers both immense challenges and rewarding opportunities. At the global level, economic, political and cultural influence is increasingly shifting back towards Asia, and the world is only just beginning to understand the implications of these changes. At the same time, many Asian countries remain mired in poverty and underdevelopment and, in some cases, under Western military occupation. But even at the level of the nation-state, including in the economically advanced West, immense problems persist in the management of the ethnic, cultural, religious and political diversity that marks all human societies in the 21st century.

These developments have implications ranging from peace and security to climate change, refugee flows and economic growth. There is a need for more Muslim voices to speak clearly and confidently about these issues and challenges. To tackle these challenges head on, Muslim thought leaders need to emerge from within Australia and across the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

The world is changing. Are you ready?

Who can apply?

The MLP for 2013 is open to emerging thought leaders from Muslim communities in Australia and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and The Philippines).

What will this course do?

  • Provide high-level access to influential shapers of public opinion and public policy makers in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney
  • Empower emerging voices of leadership from Muslim communities and help them realise their full potential as agents for change
  • Develop the range of skills required to engage confidently and creatively with all levels of government, business, academia, media and religious and community organisations
  • Create links and networks between members of Australian Muslim communities and their peers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East
  • Facilitate encounters with leaders of Australia’s diverse Muslim minority and introduce participants to community leaders representing Australia’s religiously diverse landscape
  • Encourage new thinking about the contribution Muslims can make to shape human futures

Dates for the next course

6 October to 3 November 2013

Those selected for this course are required to pledge their commitment to participate in the entire program, and will need to make appropriate arrangements with employers or universities to enable attendance.

The organisers can assist with official letters of support.

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Course components

Indicative timetable 2013
Date Activity Location and time
Sunday, 6 October Orientation and Induction La Trobe University, 12:00 - 5:00
Monday, 7 October Conflict Resolution workshop La Trobe University, 12:00 - 5:00
Tuesday, 8 October Minorities’ Linkages Workshop La Trobe University, 12:00 - 5:00
Wednesday, 9 October Participants’ presentations La Trobe University, 12:00 - 5:00
Thursday, 10 October Politics Workshop La Trobe University, 12:00 - 5:00
Friday, 11 October Melbourne Study Tour 1 (Justice System) Various locations in Melbourne, 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday, 12 October Islamic Council of Victoria Workshop ICV Mosque, 12:00 - 5:00
Monday, 14 October Eid al-Adha (subject to confirmation) Interstate visitors spend Eid with Melbourne hosts
Tuesday, 15 October Melbourne Study Tour 2 (Parliament) Various locations in Melbourne, 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday, 16 October Melbourne Study Tour 3 (Muslim communities) Various locations in Melbourne, 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday, 17 October Melbourne Study Tour 4 (Interfaith) Various locations in Melbourne, 9:00 - 5:00
Friday, 18 October Melbourne Muslim Festival of Ideas Melbourne CBD, 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday, 19 October Melbourne Study Tour 5 (Aboriginal Australia) Various locations in Melbourne, 9:00 - 5:00
Monday, 21 October China-Muslim World Conference La Trobe University, 9:00 - 5:00
Tuesday, 22 October China-Muslim World Conference La Trobe University, 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday, 23 October Melbourne Study Tour 6 (Multicultural Australia) Various locations in Melbourne, 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday, 24 October MUIS Conference La Trobe University, 9:00 - 5:00
Friday, 25 October TFD Workshop La Trobe University, 9:00 - 5:00
Sunday, 27 October Canberra Study Tour Various locations in Canberra, 9:00 - 5:00
Monday, 28 October Canberra Study Tour (Parliament) Various locations in Canberra, 9:00 - 5:00
Tuesday, 29 October Canberra Study Tour (DFAT) Various locations in Canberra, 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday, 30 October Sydney Study Tour (Muslim communities) Various locations in Sydney, 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday, 31 October Sydney Study Tour (Academia) Various locations in Sydney, 9:00 - 5:00
Friday, 1 November Sydney Study Tour (Civil society engagement) Various locations in Sydney, 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday, 2 November Graduation Ceremony Melbourne CBD, 3:00 - 6:00
Sunday, 3 November Feedback session and Evaluations La Trobe University, 12:00 - 5:00

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Methods

The course will include:

  • Workshops, seminars and lectures
  • Field trips in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Use of audio-visual materials
  • Debates and role-plays
  • Interviews with guests
  • A workbook of reading materials and exercises
  • Two-day Conference

Venues

Interstate travel to Canberra and Sydney (fully sponsored) is part of the Muslim Leadership Program.

Most events in Melbourne will take place at the La Trobe University campus in Bundoora, but a number of workshops, briefings and study tours will be conducted in off-campus locations around Melbourne.

Staff

Coordinators

Dr Sven Alexander Muhammad Adil Schottmann
Research Fellow
Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University

Mr Nail Aykan
General Manager
Islamic Council of Victoria

Professor Alberto Gomes, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, provides the academic direction for the project.

Apply before 31 August