Delegates of the “Vice Chancellors’ Forum” urged Muslim countries to establish a combined platform for collaboration in higher education on Monday.
On the first day of the two-day event, speaking on “Internationalisation and universities: building human capital in the Islamic world,” president and vice chancellor of Open University Malaysia Prof. Tan Sri Anwar Ali suggested Muslim countries capitalise on each other’s resources to gain universal benefits.
He said that efforts should be made to use resources of the Islamic world to meet current challenges. “Illiteracy and gender disparity are the core issues confronting the Muslim world,” he said offering the services of his university to meet these challenges.
Speaking on “Fostering fraternity through exchange of university faculty and students in Muslim world,” Sindh Madrassatul Islam University Vice Chancellor Prof. Muhammad Ali Shaikh urged participants to use the platform to discuss women’s empowerment and uplift issues as well. He called for a collective forum to publish books which could be accessible to every one from the Muslim world.
“There should also be collaboration between departments of various universities to bring faculties closer instead of signing just memorandums of understanding,” he said.
Islamic University of Technology Bangladesh Vice Chancellor Prof. M Imtiaz Hossain said research plays a pivotal role in knowledge-based societies and suggested a combined platform to offer scholarships to students.
University of Management and Technology, Pakistan Rector Dr Hasan Shoaib Murad, who conducted the session, said that suggestions would be included in the policy paper.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2013.