Marawi City – The Mindanao State University has cited the contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in the evolution of the MSU system from a small campus here in 1960, to its current status as the second largest academic institution in the Philippines with 11 satellite campuses scattered across the south.
New MSU system President Dr. Habib W. Macaayong acknowledged as “monumental” the establishment at the MSU main campus here in the early 1970s of the King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies (KFCIAAS).
“We are very thankful to Saudi Arabia for establishing KFCIAAS that has been operational since 1974. It offers courses in Arabic, Islamic studies and International Relations (IR) in addition to post-graduate studies in Shariah,” Macaayong told the Manila Bulletin.
Named after Saudi King Faisal, the KFCIAAS was established at the MSU main campus during the administration of Dr. Mauyag Tamano, who had served as Philippine ambassador to the Kingdom prior to his appointment as second president of the university.
Since 1974, the KFCIAAS has already produced more than 5,000 graduates, mostly ethnic Muslims with a considerable number of Christian and lumad alumni, who finished B.S. International Relations. Most of the graduates have joined various professions in the country and abroad, according to MSU records.
The establishment of KFCIAAS came with the construction of the King Faisal Mosque in the MSU campus, which became the most panoramic house of Islamic worship in the country.
“The assistance package was the Saudi government’s monumental contribution to the history of the MSU system, which now has 11 campuses across Mindanao catering to 35,000 enrolled students yearly,” Macaayong said.