Reaching the Community through a Transdisciplinary Vision: Strengthening the Social Responsibility of Islamic Higher Education


The proximity of higher education to internal and external customers reflects its quality. As a result, various activities in higher education institutions must be geared toward customer satisfaction. Strengthening social responsibility is another example. This article aimed to provide an overview of: 1) the social orientation of Islamic higher education’s vision; 2) Islamic higher education policies that demonstrate social responsibility; and 3) Islamic universities’ responses to requests for social responsibility based on this premise. The following findings were obtained through qualitative descriptive research at IAIN Kendari: first, transdisciplinarity in IAIN Kendari’s vision had a strong social orientation, not only responding to short-term customer needs but also addressing broader and longer-term needs. Second, the policies resulted in a lack of academic responsibility toward students as internal customers, as well as a lack of attention to the needs of the larger community as external customers. Third, IAIN Kendari was quick to respond to internal customers’ requests for social responsibility. Requests for social responsibility from external customers, on the other hand, were handled in a reactive manner.

Keywords: transdisciplinary, social responsibility, Islamic higher education

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