The International Peace College South Africa (Ipsa) is embarking on a R100m redevelopment of its building in Rylands, and it has entered into an academic partnership with another international institution.
With the redevelopment and partnership with Maqasid Institute Global, which has its headquarters in America, Ipsa will be known as International Peace College South Africa – Maqasid Global.
Speaking about its origins, Nazier Osman, an Ipsa director and chairperson of the redevelopment committee, said the seeds for the institution were planted when South Africa was still in its transition period.
“People came back from exile and saw an opportunity for an inclusive institution. There were existing institutions but not on an international level from an Islamic perspective,” Mr Osman said.
Ipsa offers accredited courses – from a higher-certificate qualification up to a Master’s degree. It has applied for a doctoral degree accreditation.
Mr Osman said Ipsa gave locals an opportunity for international studies but with local accreditation.
“Unlike other seminaries, Ipsa is based on Islamic ethos but also includes the social and research methodology, focussing on contemporary thought. We aspire that a generation of thought leaders will emerge academically and theoretically on local and global matters,” he said.
Ismail Kalla, another Ipsa director, said their vision was to transform the institute “into a boutique university to serve the African continent and the world at large”.
“We are in association with the Maqasid Institute in America and two of their world-class authorities are members of the Ipsa board. As a team, we will take Ipsa to the next level to be among the world’s best.”
Mr Osman said it was hoped that the new building would be completed within three years. Architectural plans had been submitted and fund-raising efforts were under way.
“In order for us to bring this project to fruition, we need the financial support of the community. This is a unique opportunity to make a local contribution for an international impact,” he said.
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