One hundred students of Trilogy University visited the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) on November 22, 2023, at the Central MUI Building in Jakarta. The MUI for Economics and Halal Deputy Secretary General, H. Rofiqul Umam Ahmad, welcomed the presence. Reporting from mui.or.id, Rofiqul said that the students studied the aspects related to the MUI, including fatwas, sharia financial economics, halal certification, and waqf.
“In the forum, we conveyed various aspects of MUI, followed by speakers of LPPOM MUI regarding halal certification and LPPOM’s duties. Also, speakers of MUI Waqf Institution conveyed various information regarding waqf and its performance,” said he.
Rofiq said that MUI was very open to the presence of students from various campuses, including the presence of Trilogy University students. The presence of these students could be an opportunity to exchange ideas with the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI). “MUI can explain and share the ideas, absorb the aspirations, hopes, and desires of students and lecturers regarding MUI,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Trilogy University Supervisor Sugeng Priyono said he came to the MUI office to learn about implementing institutionalized religious values at MUI. This visit is included in the Merdeka Belajar program, which allows all students to upgrade their skills according to their talents and interests by going directly into work as a career preparation step.
“This is an important source for studying religion for our students. Now the curriculum is the Independent Campus (Kampus Merdeka), so learning resources are not limited in the classroom,” he continued.
On this occasion, LPPOM MUI Corporate Communication Yunita Nurrohmani spoke about the origins of the halal industry in Indonesia. The development of the halal ecosystem in Indonesia was triggered by establishing LPPOM MUI at the initiation of the MUI in 1989. The formation of the LPPOM MUI was based on a mandate from the Government/state for the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) to play an active role in reducing pork fat cases in Indonesia in 1988.
“This is the beginning of Indonesia’s halal certification journey. Alhamdulillah, after 35 years, LPPOM MUI continues to innovate and adapt. It has become a pioneer of halal certification in Indonesia and continues to be trusted by many companies in Indonesia and globally,” said Yunita.
More than 50,000 companies from 65 countries have become clients of LPPOM MUI. This is proof that LPPOM MUI’s missionary work is to provide guarantees of peace for Muslims not only in Indonesia but also in the world. This is supported by various aspects related to professionalism and credibility, which LPPOM MUI is gradually achieving. Regarding human resources, LPPOM MUI has more than 1,000 auditors spread across 34 provinces in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, LPPOM MUI’s infrastructure is supported by representative offices in 34 provinces in Indonesia and four overseas representative offices in China, Korea, and Taiwan. Besides, LPPOM MUI has a halal laboratory accredited by SNI ISO / IEC 17025: 2008 and SNI ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 for Halal Certification Body (LSH). This institution is also the first Halal Inspection Institution recognized by the Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH) to conduct halal audits.
Through KAN, LPPOM MUI has also been recognized by the foreign halal accreditation institution, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) in the UAE standard 2055:2-2016. With this accreditation, LPPOM MUI, the first and most trusted Halal Inspection Body (LPH) in Indonesia, has proven its credibility at the national and international levels. It also supports Indonesian business actors in expanding the market to the United Arab Emirates and the world. This is a commitment to support the vision of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and BPJPH to make Indonesia the global halal center (YN).