ISESCO Director General at 8th ICHEMSR’s closing session, Bamako: the conference’s resolutions pave the way to cooperation towards higher education quality and suitability
The 8th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research (ICMHESR) concluded its proceedings today evening in Bamako, Republic of Mali.
In his address at the closing session, the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) said that the Conference’s resolutions are crucial enough to respond to the urgent needs of Member States in terms of joint Islamic action as promoted within the framework of this Conference.
He pointed out that these resolutions provided ISESCO with reference documents favoring greater efforts to achieve the supreme goals being pursued in education and science, and accordingly ensure quality and suitability in higher education and scientific research in the Islamic world.
Dr Altwaijri also explained that the two strategic projects adopted by the Conference respond to the necessity to finalize the general and integrated academic framework of joint Islamic action in higher education and scientific research. He added that the creation of the Islamic World Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation was part of the implementation of ISESCO’s strategy in this field, as much as the launch of the Integrated Platform for Promoting Quality-Accreditation and Exchanges-Cooperation in the Universities of ISESCO Member States would give fresh impetus to cooperation, integration and coordination between Member States’ universities, which would, in its turn, have a positive effect on the efforts made to boost quality and accreditation as key prerequisites for developing this sector, increasing its productivity and enhancing its impact on comprehensive sustainable development.
In the same vein, ISESCO Director General said that the deliberations during the Ministerial Roundtable on Modern Technology for Enhancing Higher Education and Scientific Research highlighted the Islamic world’s collective resolve to fill the gap reported in this sector in the majority of Member States. The Member States, he asserted, are determined to overcome the current situation marked by low indicators in higher education and scientific research, so as to embark on a subsequent phase with better prospects for development in all these fields.
In this connection, the Director General explained that the launch of the Pan-Islamic Research and Education Network (PIREN) Portal at this conference was an important step towards opening wider avenues for the development of higher education in tandem with the upgrading of the higher education system.
He also stressed that such crucial resolutions adopted by the Conference would give leverage to the efforts being made to establish an OIC Collaborative Effort in Preparation of Curriculum for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, a project submitted by Malaysia to the Conference which, once finalized, would pave the way for access to a highly productive field of scientific studies, deemed a top priority by the Director General.