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CSU celebrates first Islamic studies graduates

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013

The first Charles Sturt University (CSU) students to complete a Master of Islamic Studies are preparing to graduate at a ceremony in Parramatta on December 14. The course is delivered through CSU's Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC), which was established in 2009 in collaboration with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA). Centre director Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp said the graduation was a significant achievement for the students, and the whole CISAC team. "We could not be more proud to achieve such a milestone, it means a great deal to us and the Muslim community of Australia," he said. "This is a historic moment for Muslims in Australia. They can now study Islam as a faith tradition in an Australian University without having to go overseas for study. "I know the University's staff and students, and the wider community, join me in congratulating our graduands and wishing them every success in their future endeavours."

Media contact: Mark O'Brien, (02) 6365 7813

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, or graduating students. The ceremony will be held from 10-noon, Saturday 14 December, in Old Government House in Parramatta Park. Charles Sturt University Chancellor Mr Lawrence Willet AO, Faculty of Arts executive dean Professor Jennifer McKinnon, Community Relations Commission Chairperson Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian, and the Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad will attend.

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