(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University
(HBKU) have organised the university's first makerspace initiative,
bringing together students to share ideas, experiment learning and
develop a framework for transformative change.
The session, titled ‘Islam in a Global World: A Makerspace', concluded with a joint
declaration issued to humanity.
The four-point statement sourced its inspiration from the tenets of
Islam and discussed the role of communities across the globe in the face
of pressing contemporary challenges, HBKU said in a statement.
As a concluding stage of the makerspace initiative, participating
students will avail of the opportunity to present His Highness the Emir
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani with their hopes for global communities
to collaboratively work towards the resolution of world crises.
Organised by CIS assistant professor Dr Mohamed Evren Tok, the
makerspace initiative is a novel approach and provides a maiden
opportunity for students to gather and collaborate to produce creative
results, with each participant harnessing their own academic background,
life experiences and
Further facilitating students to synergise productively during the
course of the day, CIS's communal creative space, where the initiative
was conducted, came equipped with stationery, art tools and other
In their declaration to humanity, the students proclaimed that a shared
obligation exists to protect and integrate refugees, while affording
them basic human rights. Further, they said communities must enshrine
principles of humanitarianism and work together to holistically address
the material and non-material needs of the vulnerable.
Building on the theme of collaboration, the authors called for
inter-communal dialogue to seek common ground where conflict was rife.
Finally, denouncing terrorism in all its forms, the students stressed
the need for a multifaceted approach to combat this global phenomenon,
based on the promotion of education and justice.
Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, dean, CIS, said: 'At the College of Islamic
Studies, it is a key part of our institutional efforts to stir a
civilisational renaissance. This declaration seeks to give students a
platform to voice their collective concerns and develop their own unique
and creative solutions. We essentially share the responsibility of
problem-solving with a generation that is the biggest shareholder in the
building of a peaceful future.
Makerspace is an initiative under Innovation Space, a cornerstone
project of HBKU that is critical to the objectives outlined in the
university's 10-year strategic plan. The project was launched with the
aim of developing an innovative culture under which novel ideas from the
HBKU community may thrive.
HBKU is a member of Qatar Foundation.