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Developing scholars and thought leaders
The International Peace College South Africa (IPSA), is an Islamic Tertiary Institution founded on the principles of peace, unity and equality; established in 2005 through the amalgamation of two community based theological institutions- the Islamic College of Southern Africa [ICOSA] (est. 1990) and Darul Arqam Islamic Institute (est. 1992).
In 2013 the institution celebrated an historic occasion when it became the first Islamic institution of higher learning to be registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa. This was achieved based on the accreditation of its Bachelor Arts Islamic Studies (BAIS), and later its Higher Certificate in Islamic Studies (HCIS).
To produce scholars, intellectuals and leaders who combine the qualities of faith, good character and knowledge in their learning, teaching and research in an environment that fosters tolerance and appreciation for diversity, intercultural understanding and civilizational dialogue.
To build International Peace College South Africa as the leading Centre of education which:
contributes to revitalizing the intellectual and spiritual dynamism of the Muslim Community as exemplified by the Qur’anic principle of wasatiyyah (the middle-way) and demonstrated in a rich legacy of scholarship spanning more than 1400 years;
“I came to IPSA to increase my knowledge of din. While studying, though, I discovered how little I actually knew and am yet to learn. Therefore, my main goal was to learn and absorb as much as I could. However, what I have gained from the HCIS programme was a much more holistic experience, which has exceeded my expectations. Not only did my knowledge base increase, but so did my proximity to Allah and my sense of pride to be a Muslim. My IPSA journey increased my love for the din, Allah (SWT) and His beloved Prophet (SAW), as well as, enhanced my sense of gratitude and humbleness that Allah (SWT) has chosen me to study His din and has favoured me by choosing Islam as my religion. Alhamdulillah!”
Gadija Cassiem (HCIS)
“I came to study at IPSA because Cape Town is one of the best places in the world to be in. IPSA is a small institute but with a big influence. IPSA is a good institute with very knowledgeable lecturers. I hope IPSA will be a big institute in the future. I want to promote IPSA and would like for students from other countries to study here. I want to promote IPSA to my country, Malaysia.”
Arham Rahimin (BA1)
“Studying at IPSA has been a truly enlightening experience. It has enhanced my understanding of the Deen and enriched the way I live and practice Islam. I would recommend IPSA to anyone who wishes to connect with Allah (SWT) with understanding and an increased sense of sincerity to toward Him. IPSA’s ethos cultivates respect, unity within diversity and living Islam according to the middle-way.”