The Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines is the face of Islam in the University, in Metro Manila and the entire country. It has produced graduates that are now actively employed in various academic Institutions in Mindanao and Metro Manila. Other graduates occupied top rank positions in the government. It has fulfilled its vision and mission as government’s partner in attaining progress and development in the Country.
However, the Institute has been facing tremendous challenges and the most urgent one is the need to establish a new academic building and Musallah (prayer hall) to accommodate and serve the Muslim community in the University as well as its frequent visitors for the Jumuah Congregational Prayer. This has been the problem since the Institute was established.
Moreover, last year’s building structural test showed that the building is no longer safe for occupancy but the Institute Faculty, Staff and Students has nowhere to go. Responding to this pressing concern, UP Diliman Dr. Michael Tan has finally approved the Institute move to source funding for the construction of the new building with the Musallah component.
The University of the Philippines Diliman
The University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s national university, as declared by its Charter of2008 which was approved by the 14th Congress of the Philippines on April 29, 2008. This premier Institution of higher learning was established in 1908 and is now a system composed of seven constituent universities and one autonomous college spread throughout 15 campuses in the archipelago. The Institute of Islamic Studies is under the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus.