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IIS Alumni Reunion

27th September 2007

The reunion commenced with a welcome address by Mr Shiraz Kabani, Head of Operations, Finance & Development, which was followed by an informal session where participants were invited to share memories and experiences of their student days at the IIS. The afternoon continued with the keynote address, delivered by Dr Aziz Esmail, IIS Governor, in which he reminded alumni of their dual responsibility towards their faith and intellect. The session ended with a thought-provoking question and answer session.

Day two comprised of academic sessions on the theme of Muslim Modernities, delivered and facilitated by Dr Amyn Sajoo, IIS Research Associate. In the evening, a formal dinner was held to honour the alumni. This was an opportunity for alumni to interact with the community leaders and IIS senior personnel, and share with them their activities and concerns. Professor Azim Nanji delivered the keynote address. The alumni body formally thanked Mrs Selina Kassam Ramji, who is moving to the Department of Community Relations, for her active role in creating a solid foundation for the engagement of the Alumni with the IIS.

On Monday, the alumni met at the Ismaili Centre for a live viewing of the graduation ceremony for graduates of the Institute’s Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities where Prince Rahim Aga Khaninfo-icon delivered the keynote address. Also in attendance at the graduation were Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya Aga Khan. Following the graduation, the dignitaries attended an informal reception with the alumni.

The Alumni Relations Office has received feedback from most of the participants which will help to plan and organise future Alumni events.