On the morning of November 14, 2018 participants, paper presenters, panelists, and officials came to gather at New World Makati Hotel for the 6th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance. The said international conference with the theme, “Strengthening Islamic Finance in South East Asia Through Innovation, Collaboration and Research”, was organized by Mindanao State University Marawi. This was also co-organized by International Islamic University Malaysia, Tazkia University College of Islamic Economics, Universitas Darussalam Gontor Indonesia, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, Negara Brunei Darussalam. The Universitas Islam Sultan and Agung together with International Council of Islamic Finance Educators (ICIFE) were also part of the committee as the Secretariat of the international conference. The partners in making the said event successful were Southeast Asian Islamic Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (SAICCI) and Philippine Association of Islamic Accountants (PAIA).
The 6th ASEAN Universities International Conference on Islamic Finance mentioned two objectives: one is to review best practices to help in developing Islamic financial ecosystem; the second is to formulate an action plan to address corresponding challenges that lie ahead. Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi was invited and four participants were sent: Dr. Magsaysay Werble (Vice Chancellor for Admin and Finance); Dr. Surma Werble (Director for Office of the International Linkages); Prof. Freddy Julkanain (Director for Budget); and Mr. Najib Sali (Faculty, College of Islamic and Arabic Studies). It was a two-day conference jam-packed with eighty-six papers to present: twenty-one papers on Parallel Session I, twenty-two papers on Parallel Session II, twenty-one papers on Parallel Session III, twenty-two papers on Parallel Session IV. There were also five plenary speakers who presented their papers before the Parallel Sessions. The panelists for the plenary speakers varied but they all came from different Southeast Asian countries like Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei.
Each parallel session were conducted on four different rooms on which successive papers would be presented. Participants chose what particular papers they are interested in and chose which to attend. The downside is if the topics a participant chooses will be presented at the same time especially that all of the papers are interesting.
The conference ended on November 15, 2018 with a Fellowship Night Gala, Graduation of Advance Course Students in Islamic Finance and Cultural Presentation.