Muslim Leadership Program opens


Emerging Muslim thought leaders and community activists interested in tackling the challenges of tomorrow are invited to apply for the prestigious Muslim Leadership Program at La Trobe University.

Muslim leadership 29Run by La Trobe’s Centre for Dialogue in conjunction with the Islamic Council of Victoria, the course is open to emerging thought leaders from Muslim communities in Australia and five Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and The Philippines.

Course convener Dr Sven Alexander Schottmann said the course, now in its seventh year, was more important than ever in helping to guide and shape emerging leaders from Muslim communities from around the region in an ever-challenging world.

‘The world is experiencing a profound transformation with economic, political and cultural influence shifting back towards Asia.

‘At the same time, many Asian countries remain mired in poverty and underdevelopment and in some cases under Western military occupation.’

Centre director Professor Alberto Gomes added that tomorrow’s Muslim leaders would need to be well primed to tackle the many problems that persist in the region ranging from peace and security, 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.’

Successful applications will meet influential shapers of public opinion and policy makers in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney as well as create links and networks between Muslim communities in Southeast Asia and Australia.

Applications close on 31 August 2013. The course begins on 6 October 2013. The application form and course details are available via the Centre for Dialogue website.

About the Centre for Dialogue

A major initiative of La Trobe University, the Centre is renowned internationally for its research and programs that address the challenges of and opportunities for dialogue presented by cultural, religious and political diversity – locally, nationally and internationally. Its recent Australia-Indonesia Dialogue Beyond beef, boats and Bali brought together from Australia and Indonesia leading scholars, policy makers and business figures, to assess the current status of the relationship between the two neighbours.

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