Varsity to launch terrorism studies course

Jakarta: The battle against terrorism in the region will soon get a boost, with the launch of Indonesia’s first university course in terrorism studies.

The master’s programme, which will begin in February at Universitas Indonesia (UI), aims to develop a pool of terrorism studies experts here and around the region.

Only Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) offers a similar programme in the region, said Police Inspector-General Benny Mamoto. The vete­ran trainer will lead the course.

He said the two-year programme will focus on anti-terrorism laws, social and cultural aspects of terrorism, terrorism eradication management and deradicalisation theories.

He said UI hopes to groom experts who can go on to contribute to the discourse on how to tackle the pe­rennial threat of terrorism in Indonesia and the region.

The course, to be offered in Bahasa Indonesia, will start with 30 to 40 students, at the university’s Jakarta campus.

There are plans to conduct it in English in future. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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