As part of the second day programme of the General Conference of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), which kicked off yesterday under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, two roundtables were held, today morning at ISESCO headquarters, to discuss two important topics: “Cooperation and Partnership for Developing Joint University Action”, and “Financial Sustainability and University Institutional Performance”.
The first roundtable aimed to promote interaction and exchange of expertise and successful experiences among the Federation’s Member Universities; foster cooperation and partnership between university institutions and highlight priorities and common fields; and highlight the role of university federations and regional and international educational institutions in developing university educational systems and anchoring quality and excellence in universities. The roundtable also discussed several themes, including ways to promote partnership and cooperation among universities: successful experiences, leading models and future trends; research and scientific networks and programmes of student and administrative exchange: challenges and prospects; and the role of modern technology in facilitating cooperation among university institutions.
Speakers at this roundtable included Dr Wail Benjelloun, President of the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED); Ms Oley Lucretia Clara Dibba-wadda, Executive Secretary of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), the representative of Mississippi State University, USA; and Dr Abderraouf Najar, Director General of the International Center for Pedagogical Training (CIFOP).
As for the second roundtable, it sought to examine the mechanisms of sustainable funding of university institutions and ways to face their financial challenges; suggest practical solutions and present strategic visions pertaining to university funding; and highlight the impact of financial sustainability on the institutional performance of universities. The second roundtable discussed three themes, namely the role of Islamic funding mechanisms in promoting financial sustainability in universities; the modern policies and new practices in the field of sustainable funding of universities; and the quality of institutional performance in light of the challenges pertaining to funding and financial resources.
Speakers at the second roundtable included, Dr Ibrahim Mohammad Qasim Almayman, Vice President for Scientific Institutes Affairs at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University; Dr Abdelaziz Berghout, Deputy Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); and Dr Abdelhafid Debbarh, Programme Coordinator of “TAFAHUM”, international university expert.