FUIW 7th General Conference calls for supporting Al-Quds University in defense of Al Quds’ Palestinian Arab and Islamic identity

The General Conference of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), at the close of its 7th session, held at the headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Rabat, on 13-14 February 2017, declared Member Universities’ solidarity of and support for Al-Quds University in its scientific, academic and scholarly mission, its resistance against the Occupation’s practices against the University and the holy city, its defense of the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic identity and history of Al-Quds in the present and in the future, and its standing up for the people of Al-Quds in their resistance against the Occupation.

The Conference urged Member Universities to establish a cooperation network and a twinning programme with Al-Quds University in all academic fields, including exchange of faculty and students, academic visits, scholarly conferences and scientific research activities. It also urged them to sign cooperation agreements and MoUs with Al-Quds University in order to establish academic partnership and entrench the concept of academic diplomacy.

Besides, the Conference called for setting up a fund for supporting Al-Quds students pursuing their studies at the Federation’s Member Universities, including Al-Quds University, to be regularly and permanently financed through Waqf allowances, a “One-Dollar Deduction” from one of the Universities’ fixed incomes or a percentage deductible from one of the budget items of Member Universities, and commissioning the Federation’s General Secretariat to follow up the establishment of this fund and development of its management mechanisms.

In addition, the Conference approved a continuous scholarship programme for Al-Quds students and trainees to pursue their studies at overseas universities in disciplines of urgent need and priority to be determined by Al-Quds University, while commissioning the Federation’s General Secretariat to coordinate the programme’s implementation procedures. In the same vein, it called for the establishment of educational pathways and academic chairs and adoption of research plans for studies on Al-Quds at Member Universities, in cooperation with Al-Quds University, and in line with their disciplines and regulations.

Other key recommendations included holding annual symposia and experts’ meetings on Al-Quds as of 2017, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Occupation of Al-Quds and inviting researchers from all disciplines to prepare peer-reviewed researches and studies on Al-Quds for publication in Arabic, English and French by Al-Quds University to serve as a documented reference on Al-Quds.

Furthermore, the Conference called on Arab, Islamic and international organizations concerned with higher education issues to provide financial and technical support to university institutions in Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, especially Al-Quds University, and to contribute to the development of education and research services and the University’s infrastructure, and modernization of its educational, laboratory and computer equipment. Moreover, it strongly insisted on enforcing the principle of academic boycott of the Occupation’s university and research institutions and invited Member Universities to abstain from establishing any relations with them.

By the same token, the Conference participants thanked His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, may Allah assist him, Head of Al-Quds Committee, for his care for and support to educational, scientific and cultural institutions in Al-Quds and invited the Federation’s General Secretariat to coordinate with Al-Quds University and the institutions concerned to ensure follow-up to the implementation of this Statement.