The acronym “WISE” stands for “Worldview of Islam Seminar”, which is a year-long educational programme initiated by the Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim (HAKIM) in collaboration with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) where participants from various backgrounds, professions and age groups came together to deepen their understanding of the worldview of Islam. This weekly seminar runs on Saturdays and spans three semesters every year. This year (2017), WISE has marked its seventh year running since 2011, with seven batches of students successfully completed its programme. Some of WISE “graduates” continued their studies at graduate and post-graduate levels in various fields, while some others go back to their respective professions with clarity of perspective, a fresh outlook, and a sense of mission.
One of the unique features of WISE is that it brings together people from different backgrounds and experiences to learn and engage in discourses pertaining to the various aspects of the worldview of Islam. The sessions are conducted by a number of scholars who are students of Tan Sri Prof. Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, amongst whom are Prof. Dr. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud, the founder and former director of CASIS-UTM, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zainiy Uthman, the former director of CASIS-UTM.
Previous participants of WISE include academics, civil servants, corporate managers, entrepreneurs, schoolteachers, businessmen, social and political activists, politicians, university and pre-university students, and freelance workers.