Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Central Board, Dr. Haedar Nashir inaugurated the Second Special Branch Office in Taiwan, on Monday (12/03/2018).
Located in Taichung City, the Second Office of PCIM Taiwan which is based at the Asia University Campus was initiated in collaboration between the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta and Asia University, Taiwan.
In his remarks before the President of Asia University, Prof. Jeffry Tsai and all academics, Haedar expressed his highest appreciation to Asia University for facilitating the use of office space for Muhammadiyah missionary activities on the land of Formosa.
“Muhammadiyah cadres as part of a progressive Islamic movement certainly must play a greater role in reviving da’wah in Taiwan and participating in improving the quality of Indonesian society in Taiwan, especially workers and students,” Haedar said.
Next was Haedar who was also accompanied by the Chairwoman of ‘Aisiyah, Dra. Siti Noordjannah Djohantini, M.M., M.Sc also emphasized that the existence of PCIM both in Taipei and Taichung must also have a positive contribution to the Taiwanese community. Giving Taiwanese the understanding of Islam and especially Muhammadiyah as an organization that is not merely engaged in the religious field, but more than all, namely the role in all fields of humanity and improving the quality of human life.
On the same day Haedar also gave a Public Lecture on “Muhammadiyah and Islam with Progress in Global Era” and was attended by hundreds of academics from various universities in Taiwan.
Meanwhile the Rector of UMY, Dr. Gunawan Budiyanto said that the inauguration of the PCIM Office was one of the manifestations of the very close collaboration between the two Universities which had lasted for approximately three years. The cooperation that has existed is the exchange of students and lecturers, and joint research between the two universities.
Gunawan also mentioned that the existence of the PCIM office will be managed directly by Master and Ph.D students in Taichung and surrounding areas.
“Hope in the future, of course cooperation between UMY and Asia University will continue to be improved, especially in the field of Interfaith Dialogue, Disaster Management and Financial Technology for the benefit of a much better society”, concluded Gunawan.
Director of the Office of International Affairs
Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta