The Faculty of Islamic Studies at Makassed University of Beirut is becoming a focal point of higher education in Lebanon, as it is always keen on developing the students’ intellect to become qualified after their graduation and to make a positive and constructive impact in society.
From this point of view, the college is seeking this year to implement a development plan that would expand the circle of beneficiaries of its services, by launching the College of Teacher Education in order to bring out to the community new teachers who can add in the minds of students the right education that delivers good citizens able to serve the society.
Al Liwaa Newspaper met with Prof. Dr. Amine Farchoukh, Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and had a conversation with him about the college, its services, and the development plan.
- Makassed University of Beirut is present in many advertisement channels today, why?
Yes, when Dr. Abdel-Raouf Sinno took over the presidency of Makassed University of Beirut last year, succeeding Dr. Hisham Nashabeh, he insisted to add some renovation in it, so he established the College of Teacher Education as an urgent need for our society, and new students start to register in its specializations. He also promoted new specializations in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, such as the respiratory therapy which is considered the specialty of the future and it is new in Lebanon. Together, we have put plans to develop these colleges.
- So you are managing the College of Islamic Studies along with a development plan?
Yes, for the second year in a row we use the distance learning system, and the number of students has increased as they found out that this method is easy, instead of moving to Beirut amidst the fuel crisis, it is an interactive online education based on many references and ending with a research for each student at the end of the course. Moreover, the college has renewed its cooperation with senior professors from AUB and USJ, edited some courses after many discussions between the university president and its board of trustees.
- What about the new courses since the college is specialized in Islam and Sharia studies?
Exactly, as a student in the Islamic studies, we want him to learn many auxiliary sciences which increase his knowledge and transform him to an advanced researcher in Islamic studies. As for the new courses, we offer anthropology, philosophy, ethics, Islamic civilization, English texts in Islam and modern techniques in scientific research methods, in addition to the jurisprudence of inheritance, the sources of legislation, the curricula of the exegetes, science of Qur’an, Hanafi jurisprudence and mysticism.
- Will the plan expand the beneficiaries of the college?
Yes, in addition to accepting students of all specializations to pursue the preparatory stage for a master’s degree, anyone wishing to learn about Islam and its studies, without having the required license certificate, can continue one or more courses without submitting a research to obtain a degree. this new method will facilitate the expansion of the college’s beneficiaries in order to spread the right education taught by specialized professors.
- What are the teaching hours?
Lectures are on Mondays and Wednesdays weekly from 3 pm so that interested employees can register. since the study will be conducted online, the professor also records his lecture which allows the student who can’t attend physically or faces a shortage in electricity or Internet to listen to the lecture at any convenient time.
- What about the tuition fees? Did they increase with the rising prices in the market?
Like many other universities, we had to increase the fees, but Makassed Philanthropic Association has carefully studied the increase and taken into consideration the social and economic conditions. There is also a grant fund collected from the donations of Makassed friends and offered to some students who need a financial support.
- Can you tell us more about the Islamic Studies magazine which is a great source for researchers and students of science?
With God’s will, we are still releasing the magazine despite the high cost of preparation, printing and distribution nowadays. The issues of the magazine, starting with the latest issue #16, are now for sale and purchase can be done through the administration office, we are also placing advertisement inside the issues, and any donation is welcomed as a contribution to cover the cost of printing.
- When will the academic year start?
The preparatory stage for masters will kick off on Monday, October 4, 2021 and the study will be in two semesters. As for those who wish to pursue a master’s or doctoral thesis, they can register at any time as long as they have the required qualifications.