The Director General of ISESCO, ex-officio Secretary General of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, delivered an address at the opening of the 21st Session of the Federation today at Qatar University, Doha, wherein he thanked His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar for his support to ISESCO and its affiliated FUIW.
The Director General said that this year’s Session of the Federation’s Executive Council convened at a critical juncture in the world, marked by the growing importance of higher education, the weighty responsibility devolving upon the stakeholders of this sector and the huge academic and administrative challenges facing universities.
He also mentioned that the draft three-year Action Plan for 2016-2018 submitted to the Executive Council, had taken into account the problems and difficulties facing higher education with its various institutions. These huge challenges, the Director General said, could only be addressed by promoting cooperation and coordination among universities, joining efforts to foster academic excellence, enhancing quality in scientific research and adopting the appropriate measures to boost quality under national policies for comprehensive, sustainable socio-economic development.
In the same vein, the Director General highlighted that the Federation’s new draft three-year Action Plan, with its contents, programmes, objectives and implementation mechanisms, was intended to meet a set of conditions to rise to the challenges lying ahead, which, he said, should prompt us to assume our responsibilities to improve higher education quality, based on a sense of innovation and modernization and full-scale advancement of universities to achieve the sought objectives of this project aimed at developing the educational system in such a way as to improve its performance, outputs, effectiveness and community impact.
Dr Altwaijri declared that the FUIW General Secretariat had prepared two projects deemed to be integrated in their dimensions and objectives, namely, the Draft Performance Measurement Mechanism for the Universities of the Islamic World and its Implementation Road Map, and the Draft Integrated Programme for Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation among Member Universities. He explained that the two projects submitted to the Executive Council sought to fulfill two objectives through pursuing the development of mechanisms that enable universities to properly fulfill their duties and boost performance; while at the same time strengthening multi-disciplinary cooperation to foster rapprochement and exchange of faculty, researchers and students and consolidate human relations within the university community in the Islamic world.
The Secretary General also said that the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the Federation on November 30th would mark a new milestone in the FUIW history as it would provide the opportunity to reflect and renew the resolve to continue action and reinvigorate joint efforts to achieve the Federation’s goals. He also mentioned that the General Secretariat was preparing to make that celebration an occasion for strengthening bonds with Member Universities, supporting the Federation and boosting joint Islamic action in this vital area.