FUIW Executive Council 20th session kicks off in Riyadh
The 20th session of the Executive Council of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) kicked off this morning in Riyadh, capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This current session is chaired by Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General, ex-officio FUIW Secretary General, and Dr Fawzan bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Fawzan, Chairman of the Federation’s Executive Council and President of its 6th General Conference, Acting Rector of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, with the presence of the Executive Council members.
In their addresses on this occasion, Dr Altwaijri and Dr Al-Fawzan emphasized the importance of holding the 20th session in the present context marked by tough responsibilities for universities, including developing communities, serving humanity and promoting a culture of dialogue, peace, middle stance and moderation. FUIW Secretary General also called for enhancing partnership and cooperation among universities to support academic development in the Muslim world.
The Council will examine the Report of the Secretary General on the Activities of the General Secretariat between the 19th and 20th Sessions, the Financial Situation of the Federation for the Year 2014, the Draft Action Plan and Budget for 2016-2018, the Report on the Islamic Virtual University, the “Draft Statutes of the Centre for Higher Education and Scientific Research Ethics”, the Report on the “Network of Strategic Planning Experts in the Universities of the Islamic World” and a report on the FUIW Prize for University Research. The Council will also consider the FUIW membership applications submitted by universities and higher institutes from various countries of the Islamic world.
It is worth mentioning that the FUIW, established in 1987, is a body with 304 member universities and higher institutes, which reports to ISESCO. The FUIW Council’s 19th session was held in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, in 2014.