Friday, March 17, 2017

University and Universal Man

ISTAC, Jalan Bukit Damansara

Inspired from the root word universe and universitas from Latin which means "the whole", perhaps university is the place to develop a more 'complete' man, a universal man, a man equipped with minds' liberating tools and technical skills, not just producing a worker for industry.

During European Renaissance, a universal man, defined by Leon Batista Alberti as quoted from Brittanica, as limitless in his capacities for development, and led to the notion that men should try to embrace all knowledge and develop their own capacities as fully as possible. For example, Alberti himself is an architect, painter, poet, scientist and mathematician.

As Ibnu Rushd and Avicenna, who are well-known not just mastery in one skill but many fields, the polymath. Ultimately, a university(and the whole education system) should capable of equipping a man towards the "universal man" echoing Anwar Ibrahim's book on the idea of Insan Soleh in Islamic tradition and Chun Tzu in Kungfu Tze or Budiman as explained in a research on "Budi as The Malay Mind."

To nurture a man with continuous curiosity, like what Hamza Yusuf mentioned about two kind of human who always live in wonder, the philosophers and kids, to achieve happiness and the truth.

*Man in this writing refers to human

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