Overview & Academics
Aminath Sabahath Hussain
Message by the Dean
Welcome to Islamic University of Maldives, Center for Research and Publication. This Center serves as the focal point for research in IUM and therefore, plays a key role in promoting and facilitating research in the University as well as in the wider Maldivian community. In today’s global environment, research is integral for decision making at various levels especially in most developed countries. Many reputable universities across the world places considerable importance on conducting research. However, research and evidence based decision making is fairly new to the Maldives but the government and the people of Maldives have realized the importance of making informed decisions based on top quality research. The effort many Maldivian higher education institutions are putting into promoting research is a clear indication of this.
The nature of research activity determines an institution’s priorities, their intellectual capacity as well the climate. In Islamic University of Maldives, we understand the contribution research can make on student and staff learning, how it can promote innovation and the potential it has for supporting moderation and unification which are the three basic principles the University seeks to promote. Center for Research and Publication hopes to contribute to the society by creating a body of knowledge informed by research to address some of the most contested religious and societal issues that presently plague our community. In order to achieve this, the Center primarily focuses on encouraging a culture in which students are taught various disciplines not just for themselves but to disseminate the knowledge they gain through research. This is necessary to create a productive research environment in the University. We, at the Center for Research and Publication are enthusiastic to see our students and staff engage in discovery and exploration of knowledge through top quality research and redefine service to community. May Allah bless us to achieve our goals.
Research is an integral part of academia and a vehicle for disseminating knowledge. Center for Research and Publication in Islamic University of Maldives (IUM) prioritizes provision of knowledge to the Maldivian community especially based on top quality research into religious and social issues. The University also gives utmost importance to developing a research culture, preparing a generation of future researchers within the University and in the Maldivian community at large. Therefore, the main purpose of the Center for Research and Publication (CRP) is to facilitate research through staff engagement and training and by this means, disseminate knowledge to the wider community.
To be a leading research unit dedicated to advancing and facilitating academic, social and religious research, planning conferences, initiating discussion forums and dissemination of knowledge through publications of research and other academic materials of high standard.
The Center for Research and Publication is committed to promoting high quality research and publications aligned with the world best practices amongst IUM staff. This is to be achieved by providing necessary support for staff, providing incentives to encourage undertaking research by staff and generating interest in research through research forums, lectures, seminars, conferences and workshops.
The Center also hopes to contribute to the Maldivian society through both religious and social research to address issues in the wider community by establishing research relationships with other academic institutions, non-academic organization, researchers from local and international universities as well as NGOs.
- To build research capabilities of university staff through training and engagement in research activities.
- To encourage staff and students to conduct academic research aimed at addressing problems in society and religion.
- Promote the culture of Islamic moderation through scholarly research.
- To encourage publication by staff, maintain and ensure quality of published materials by IUM.
- To contribute to the nation by adoption of constructive dialogue through discussion forums, seminars and conferences.
- To encourage staff to disseminate knowledge within and outside the IUM community.
- To establish a research culture across all faculties of IUM through guidance and collaboration.
- To assist faculty to gain research grants and funding for research and conferences as stipulated in the research scheme (to be drawn).
- Prepare a research grant scheme to reward and encourage research in IUM.
- To initiate and organize conferences through collaboration with institutes nationally and internationally to create awareness and promote discussion on social and religious issues.
- To foster cooperative ties between other academic institutes and NGOs through joint research.
One of the key functions of CRP is to establish a research culture. CRP organizes many activities with the staff and students to promote this basic function. These activities are designed to align with CRP’s mission statement:
CRP Seminar/Workshop Series
The staff research seminar series was first launched in 2016 soon after the College was given the University status and following this upgrade, a research center was established. Staff training was one of the very first activities conducted by Center for Research and Publication (CRP).View Gallery
“Ilmee Gunzar” is a local phrase that has relevance to spread of knowledge and discussions. “Ilmee” refers to knowledge in Dhivehi. The word “Gunzar” refers to a round structure around which people can sit for discussions. Historically, these structures were built on the beach in some islands of Maldives and also at individual people’s homes. Faseelath ul Sheikh Salahuddeen used to deliver religious lectures and hold religious discussions around a “Gunzar” at his home. “Ilmee Guzar” launched in 2017 is an appropriate term for CRP research discussion seminar series which are held every month, where staff and students are given the opportunity to present a research paper and lead a discussion based on the topic of the paper presented.View Gallery
PG research skills and training and personal development programme is developed to provide PG students at IUM the support and training needed to be competent and skillful researchers and individuals. Hence, the PG students at IUM are required to enroll in a number of these workshops during the period of their programme in order to be able to graduate.
The programme is designed annually based on the following elements;
- Training requirements requested by students
- Training requirements identified by supervisor
- Training requirements identified by PG center which are compulsory for PG students
Research Grant and Funding
Center for Research and Publication’s key strategy to facilitate, promote and to encourage staff to engage in research activities include provision of research grants and other incentives.
IUM Research Promotion Scheme
(for staff only)
PG Research Grant Scheme
(for PGR students only)
National/ International conference funding scheme
(for staff and PGR students)
Funding for publications