FUIW Executive Council’s 21st session kicks off in Doha

The 21st Session of the Executive Council of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) this morning kicked off at the Qatar University, in Doha, State of Qatar.

The opening session was co-chaired by ISESCO Director General, Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ex-officio FUIW Secretary General; Dr Suliman bin Abdallah bin Hamoud Aba-Al Khail, Rector of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Chairman of the Federation’s Executive Council and President of its 6th General Conference, and Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University, in the presence of Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, and the members of the FUIW Executive Council.

Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Dr Suliman bin Abdallah bin Hamoud Aba-Al Khail and Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham delivered addresses on this occasion.

At the close of the opening session, a tribute was paid to the President of Qatar University, Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, in recognition of his efforts devoted to promoting higher education in his country and his contribution to enhancing the FUIW’s action.

For his part, the President of Qatar University offered the University’s Shield to ISESCO Director General, in recognition of his major role in expanding the Federation’s outreach and his outstanding efforts to promote its mission.

The opening session was also marked by the signing of a MoU between by ISESCO and the Arab Federation for Voluntary Activities, which provides for cooperation on the promotion of voluntary action and its various channels; capacity building in this connection, and re-invigoration of the social role of voluntary activities.

The Council will examine two reports of the Federation’s Secretary General on the General Secretariat’s activities between the 20th and 21st Sessions and on the financial situation for the year 2015, as well as the amended version of the Action Plan and Budget for 2016-2018.

Other items on the Council’s agenda include the Project of Performance Measurement Mechanism for the Universities of the Islamic World and its Implementation Road Map, Project of Integrated Programme for Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation among Member Universities, and the Project of Islamic World Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The Council will also consider the FUIW membership applications submitted by universities and institutes in the Islamic world. In addition, the Council will adopt the draft Agenda of the 7th Session of the Federation’s General Conference and decide over the venue and date for the 22nd session of the Federation’s Executive Council.

Established in 1987, the ISESCO-affiliated FUIW is so far made of 310 members, essentially universities and higher institutes.

The previous session of the Executive Council was held in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in December 2015.