The Executive Council of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) concluded its 21st session in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, with the adoption of a number of decisions, reports and documents on promoting the Federation’s action, boosting higher education in the Muslim world, developing partnership and cooperation between universities to support scientific advancement, and fostering academic development in the Islamic world.
In this regard, the Council adopted the amended version of the Draft Action Plan and the Budget for 2016-2018. The Council also thanked the Secretary General and his assistants for the efforts they put in introducing the amendments to the Draft Action Plan and Budget for 2016-2018 in line with the new developments having taken place after developing the initial draft.
The Council approved the Report of the Secretary General on the Activities of the Federation’s General Secretariat for 2015-2016, invited the Secretary General to pursue his efforts aimed at expanding the scope of cooperation and partnership with Member Universities, similar federations, Islamic and international specialized organizations, and scientific research institutions, in the fields of common interest, and urged the Member Universities to provide further financial support and technical assistance to the FUIW General Secretariat in order to promote the Federation’s activities and increase the level of programmes’ implementation.
The Council also thanked the Secretary General and his assistants for their efforts to implement the largest possible part of the programmes scheduled under the Action Plan and Budget for 2013-2015, while rationalizing expenditure. It also expressed its thanks to the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for the facilitations and services it provided for the implementation of the Federation’s activities.
In addition, the Council approved the Financial Report of the Secretary General and the Study of the Financial Situation of the Federation for the Year 2015, commended the efforts exerted by the Secretary General to intensify communications with Member Universities to pay their subscription fees, thanked him for properly implementing the relevant decisions of the Executive Council’s successive sessions, and invited him to pursue his communications with the Member Universities having failed to pay their subscription fees. The Council also extended its thanks to the Member Universities which have paid their subscription fees to the Federation’s budget, and urged those having failed to settle their contributions or arrears to do so.
Moreover, the Council reaffirmed the previous decisions and resolutions of the Executive Council and the General Conference on the procedural facilitations regarding payment of arrears to the Federation’s budget, and invited the Member Universities to benefit from such facilitations and coordinate with the Federation’s General Secretariat in this regard.
The Council adopted the Document on the “Project of Performance Measurement Mechanism for the Universities of the Islamic World and its Implementation Road Map”, and invited the Federation’s General Secretariat and the International Islamic University Malaysia to take the necessary measures for the implementation of this mechanism in line with the relevant indicators and standards and in coordination with the Member Universities and specialized, interested and concerned institutions.
It further invited the Member Universities to coordinate and cooperate with the Federation’s General Secretariat to ensure the appropriate conditions for implementing the performance measurement mechanism for the universities of the Islamic world and build on its outcomes and recommendations in shaping the university’s development policies and future plans.
The Council adopted the “Project of Integrated Programme for Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation among Member Universities” and invited the Federation’s General Secretariat to intensify contact with the Member Universities to publicize the Integrated Programme for Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation among Member Universities and to urge them to join this leading programme, provide the necessary services and facilitations for its successful application and disseminate it in such a way as to achieve the sought results and objectives. It also invited the Member Universities to encourage this programme, provide it with the financial and technical support and ensure the procedural and practical conditions for its proper implementation, in coordination and cooperation with the Federation’s General Secretariat and ISESCO General Directorate.
Other projects placed on the Council’s agenda included the project of “Islamic Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation”. In this regard, the Council invited the Member Universities to encourage this project, provide it with the financial and technical support and ensure the procedural and practical conditions for its proper implementation, in coordination and cooperation with the Federation’s General Secretariat and ISESCO General Directorate, and invited the Federation’s General Secretariat to intensify contact with the Member Universities to publicize the Observatory among the Member Universities and to urge them join this leading programme, present the necessary services and facilitations for its successful implementation and disseminate it in such a way as to achieve the sought results and objectives.
The Council agreed to submit the projects on the Integrated Programme and the Islamic Observatory to the forthcoming session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research which will be held in Bamako, the Republic of Mali on 14-15 November 2016.
Furthermore, the Council admitted new universities as members of FUIW, namely, Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (Brunei Darussalam), the Islamic Online University (Islamic Republic of the Gambia), the Sahel University (Republic of Mali), Jamia Nadwiyya Edavanna (India), the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Serbia), and the International University of Agadir (Kingdom of Morocco). The Council also recommended that the FUIW Secretary General pursue his efforts to invite other universities in the Islamic world to join the Federation.
The Council agreed to submit the adopted reports and documents to the Federation’s 7th General Conference for approval.
At the invitation of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University to host the 22nd Session of the Executive Council of the Federation, the Council thanked the Rector of the University for his invitation and decided to hold the next session in the first half of November 2017 at the said university.