On Monday, August 29, 2022, the United States (U.S.) Embassy visited Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) campus. The visit was led by the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, Rina Amiri, and her colleagues from the U.S. Embassy.
This visit aims to explore how Indonesia can participate in overcoming the problem of the Taliban, especially regarding issues of women, children, and human rights in Afghanistan. UIII is considered a place that can build the concept of religious moderation. In this discussion, four UIII Afghan students were also invited to the meeting.
Rina Amiri revealed that this meeting was very productive, and she was happy to be at UIII to discuss this issue. "I've thought that the work of university presents a critical model in the Muslim world. It's a foundation for a long-term vision towards extending the vision of modern Islam and betting it in education, and countering the trend of more radical ideology that has taken hold in many parts of the world," she said.
In addition, according to her, UIII will not only have a significant influence but will also provide significant efforts that will have an impact throughout the world. That is because, in her view, Indonesia's position in Afghanistan is very important.
"I feel that the work of the university is going to have not only a positive impact in Indonesia, but it's going to be a significant effort that will have an impact around the world. I work in Afghanistan, and I viewed the world of Indonesia as quite critical there," she said.
Soon, from this visit, Rani Amiri and the U.S. Embassy will return to UIII to bring a formulation of what Indonesia can do regarding women, children, and human rights issues in Afghanistan. Also, the output will be concerning a formal discussion and scholarship from the U.S. Embassy for Afghan students studying at UIII.
During this visit, the U.S. Embassy was warmly welcomed by Prof. Komaruddin Hidayat (The Rector of UIII), Prof. Jamhari (Vice-Rector for Research, Cooperation, and Community Engagement), Bahrul Hayat (Vice-Rector for Academic, Human Resource, and Student Affairs), Chaider S. Bamualim (University Secretary), Prof. Amsal Bakhtiar (Director of Business Development), M. Rifqi Muna (Chairman of the UIII Academic Senate), Prof. Dian Masyita (Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business), Philips J. Vermonte (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences), and Prof. Nina Nurmila (Dean of the Faculty of Education).