Islamabad—Participants of the 8th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research entitled, ‘Higher Education: Quality and Sustainability’, lauded the achievements of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan in the country’s higher education sector. Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC represented Pakistan in the conference, which was attended by ministers and educationists from 57 Muslims countries of the world.
The conference was organized by Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in coordination with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Malian Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry in Bamako, Republic of Mali. Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali addressed the opening ceremony. Mr. Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary-General, OIC was also present on the occasion.
The session was followed by a roundtable conference on ‘Modern Technology for Enhancing Higher Education and Scientific Research’ in the presence of several ministers and heads of delegations and experts from the Member States. The roundtable was chaired by Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, ISESCO Director General and moderated by Dr. Tariq Mehmood, Director, Directorate of Science and Technology, ISESCO. It sought to exchange ideas and information on the application of modern technologies for enhancing higher education and research, discuss the possibility of sharing cloud technology between the Member States, and explore the possibility of raising the level of higher education in science and technology in OIC Member States using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Prof. Dr Anasse Bouhlal, Principal (SCM), Tampere University of Applied Sciences, TAMK, Finland, and Prof. Dr Zia-ul-Qayyum, Vice Chancellor, University of Gujrat, Pakistan, made two academic presentations respectively on ‘Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Opportunities and Challenges for Member States’ and ‘Learning Management Systems: Tool for Enhancing Quality of Higher Education and Research’.
Discussions during this roundtable focused on introducing those modern technologies which can help increase quality of higher education and research in Member States. The speakers laid emphasis on the fact that the Learning Management System has a very strong capability of improving the quality of higher education from preparation to delivery and assessments.
The 8th Islamic Conference adopted the ‘Bamako Declaration’ and recommended promoting scientific research and strategic studies on sustainable development and major societal challenges preoccupying the people of Member States.