BWS plus project of the University of Tübingen deals with Islamic Education
In July 2019, the government of the state of Baden-Württemberg has decided to provide Islamic Education in state curriculums for Muslim students, and thus secured a legal, stable basis for Islamic Education. The Council of Ministers decided to continue supporting Islamic Education – which was organized as model project before – together with a public law foundation. The BWS plus project that started in September 2019 at the University of Tübingen, deals with exactly this topic and focuses on the qualification of teachers for Islamic Education at high schools in Baden-Württemberg.
In order to provide high quality Islamic Education that meets the high pedagogical standards of high schools in Baden-Württemberg, it is necessary to educate the future teachers appropriately. The main goal of the BWS plus project „Religious Education Teachers Training Project: Internationalizing, Learning and Mentoring (ILM)“ is the further development and advancement of Islamic Education. The project is led by Dr. Mujadad Zaman, research fellow at the Center for Islamic Theory at University of Tübingen. Within the project there will be an exchange for student teachers from Tübingen together with partners in the UK and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The goal of the project is to enable the future teachers of Islam to critically engage with models of religious education and subject-related challenges, the results will then be compared and presented to the public.
The opening event of the project took place on January 16 at University of Tübingen and was very well attended. Not only students and teachers that participate in the project, but also guests from other departments of the University of Tübingen, joined the event. Prof. Engler, rector of the university, welcomed the guests, among which were also students and teachers from other departments that were interested in the project. Prof. Engler highlighted the importance of the BWS plus project which became a sign for tolerance, diversity and cultural understanding. These values do not only matter for the Center of Islamic Theory, but they are rather important for all students and staff of the University of Tübingen, regardless of their fields of subject. After the official welcome and an introduction to the project, Alicia Paulus welcomed the guests on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and gave a short overview about the possibilities and options that the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM offers. After that, many interesting discussions took place among the guests who exchanged their views and experiences, and some of them already came up with new ideas for future projects.
With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme, which is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually, was announced for the first time in 2011. Since then, more than 70 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.
The aim of the program is to establish and build on new relationships with foreign universities and intensify existing contacts for the long term. In a project which is part of BWS plus an option is available to grant a scholarship when an official partnership agreement does not already exist. Funding can be applied for to assist with various endeavours, such as pilot projects for joint measures, including preparatory talks, workshops, intercultural training, language courses and more. The aim of each project should be to continue the relations between universities after the project period has expired.