MSU Professor Participates in Notre Dame’s Summer Institute for Peace

by Dr. Urooj Malik, Professor, College of Public Affairs, MSU Main Campu

Upon approval of MSU President, Dr. Urooj Malik, Professor of Public Administration and Peace and Development Studies, participated in a program conducted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. Dr. Malik was one of the participants selected by Notre Dame for the eleventh annual Summer Institute (SI) for faculty teaching peace. The program was held at Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, USA from 10-14 of June 2019.

SI is a training program for academics who want to launch or strengthen peace studies programs at their colleges or universities. The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, supports study, research and practice centered on strategies for sustainable peace and supports undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students in peace studies

“SI hopes that universities will understand perspectives and skills in peace studies as the critical citizenship education of our era.”

One of core missions of SI is to make space for institutions to come its campus for an intensive week of learning and hopefully to go home empowered with new knowledge and a solid curricula on peace. SI hopes that universities will understand the perspectives and skills in peace studies as the critical citizenship education of our era.

Since its inaugural event in 2009, the SI has hosted over 420 attendees from 125 different institutions across six continents. In addition, Kroc faculty have conducted modified programs like the SI in Uganda and in Bogota, Colombia. This year’s SI hosted 59 faculty and staff from 29 colleges, universities, and peacebuilding organizations. Participants hailed from 12 different countries. It also invited higher education institutions and peacebuilding organizations to send teams or individuals of professors, administrators and researchers for an intensive learning experience.

Attendees participated in plenary sessions in the morning and then worked as a team on a previously identified project or challenge facing their own institution during afternoon sessions. Kroc Institute faculty members met with the teams to provide guidance and input when needed. A number of very interesting topics were covered at various sessions by the Kroc faculty which are keen interest for MSU.

These included: addressing de-radicalization, Madrasa discourse, interface between religion, and conflict and peace, and the role of civil society and the academe in peace building and conflict resolution. In addition, there was market place created wherein participants exchanged ideas and information about peace, conflict and justice programs at their respective universities and colleges. Another important feature of the SI was the ways in which to prepare a communications plan for the promotion of peace studies at universities. Such a plan could also be developed specific to MSU given the need to augment enrollment in peace education courses and promote a culture of peace and harmony on the island of Mindanao and especially in the Bangsamoro.

Fundamentals of Peace Education 101

There are a number of learnings and messages taken home

interesting topics were covered at various sessions by the Kroc faculty which are keen interest for MSU.
These included: addressing de-radicalization, Madrasa discourse, interface between religion, and conflict and peace, and the role of civil society and the academe in peace building and conflict resolution. In addition, there was market place created wherein participants exchanged ideas and information about peace, conflict and justice programs at their respective universities and colleges. Another important feature of the SI was the ways in which to prepare a communications plan for the promotion of peace studies at universities. Such a plan could also be developed specific to MSU given the need to augment enrollment in peace education courses and promote a culture of peace and harmony on the island of Mindanao and especially in the Bangsamoro.


Fundamentals of Peace Education 101
There are a number of learnings and messages taken home


Dr. Urooj Malik, Professor, CPA, MSU-Main
from the Kroc’s program which are relevant for stregthening peace education at MSU: Peace education at MSU is still at an embryonic stage. Given that the course on Fundamentals of Peace Education 101 has now been made compulsory for all new undergraduate students and is now being conducted across all 11 campuses of the MSU, it is vital that the progress of this endevour be monitored closely. Student and faculty need to give periodic feedback on its adequacy in terms of training manual and guide to their respective departments and Management. In this regard, regular meetings of the earlier established Peace Education Committee for monitoring and evaluation are critical. Accordingly, it would also be useful to strengthen the leadership role, compostion and coordination of the Committee, and to provide adequate resources for it to perform its role more effectively. There is also the need to be more proactive in promoting the ongoing graduate program on Peace and Development Studies. As noted above, a strong and dedicated communications strategy for raising awarenes on peace studies is urgently needed. Equally, faculty training on peace education needs to be deepened across MSU campuses and teaching skills enhanced. Consideration should also be given to forging partnerships with national and international peace institutes for exchange of information and ideas on research and teaching of peace.

Cricially, MSU Management needs to allocate resources for peace education through its annual budget allocation. A dedicated Task Force on peace education reporting directly to the President could go a long way for enabling a systemmatic and regular review and assessment of peace education at MSU. The best news is that, thanks to our President, MSU has declared itself to be a “Peace” University. Fully realizing this in the future would require continued, collaborative and concerted efforts by MSU departments and Management.

The SI afforded the faculties from universities to establish strong linkages, networks, and partnerships for possible support and collaboration. The networks established and the knowledge gained with help to strengthen and enhance MSU’s peace education programs. Dr. Malik was also able to foster a strong relationship with individual professors from Kroc working on key topical themes related to peace, conflict and development which would hopefully result in future cooperation with the MSU on initiatives of common interest.

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