Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) – College of Asian and Islamic Studies (CAIS) commenced the opening of the CAIS Week last January 30. Students and faculty of the said institution convened to observe the celebration in a fitting program at the CAIS Social Hall of the university.
Prof. Eddie M. Ladja, Dean of the College of Asian and Islamic Studies said, “Students, please concentrate on your studies. We [faculty] are only here to support you, only we have policies to follow…But we will meet halfway,” Prof. Ladja also said with a simple directness that students must live up to this year’s theme: The CAIS students, imbued with honor and responsibility towards academic excellence.
The students were further filled with enthusiasm as they were motivated by their Islamic Studies Society adviser, Abdel-Azeem Moh. Siddique during his inspirational message. Moh. Siddique finished his Master of Arts in Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines. He appealed to the students with sincerity, “Let us show them that we are competitive…It’s just a matter of developing and enhancing the potential in you.”
The annual event not only served as a break for the students from their classes, but also to provide them an opportunity for socialization. It will also increase the awareness of the students of the importance of the course.
Some of the activities lined up were Quranic reading competition, Amazing Race, X-Factor singing contest, Asian and Islamic Quiz Bowls, logo-making contest and Cultural Show. The activities also aim to hone students to be more well-rounded and competitive not only in the academic field.
On the other hand, the Muslim Students Association of the university also celebrates the 3rd Islam Awareness Week. The event featured activities like Quranic reading, Islamic lectures, booths giving free reading materials, mp3 and software downloads related to the Islam religion. The event is open to all interested individuals. (Ekeena O. Lim, PAO-WMSU)