Dr. Mahdi Javanmard , Head of COMSTECH Inter Islamic Network on Virtual Universities (CINVU), attended the 3rd Vice Chancellors’ Forum 2015, “Universities in the Islamic World: Facing Global Challenges”. The Forum was scheduled on February 23-24, 2015 at Islamabad, Pakistan. He was the panelist of: Sharing of Knowledge and Fostering Collaboration. During the panel session of the conference (and also during registration) CINVU brochures were put on display and for distribution. Scholars, educationists, academics and heads of higher learning institutes from Muslim states converged on the federal capital to discuss the challenges being faced by them in higher education and explore ways to promote mutual cooperation and research. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan jointly organized Vice Chancellors’ Forum on ‘Universities in the Islamic World: Facing Global Challenges’. The forum’s curtains raiser was hosted by the HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad where ambassadors of Islamic countries were apprised of the aims of the event and encouraged to participate. Ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Morocco, Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan attended the gathering.
Vice Chancellor’s Forum is third event being organized in series. The two earlier Forums were held to congregate Vice Chancellors/ Rectors/ Presidents of the universities in the Islamic world in September 2013 and June 2012 at Islamabad, Pakistan. Both events were well received with over whelming participation by the Vice Chancellors/ Rectors/ Presidents of the universities in the Islamic world. “The forum aims to help establish linkages and promote networking among the participating universities,” said Dr. Javanmard, while talking to The Express Tribune.
Last year, universities of various countries, including Pakistan’s, signed numerous memorandums of understanding and other policy documents which will be reviewed in this meeting. Furthermore, it is hoped that interaction between institutions will help pool up scholarships, said Dr. Javanmard, head of CINVU. Speaking on "Sharing of Knowledge and Fostering Collaboration," Dr. Javanmard 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 everyone 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,” Javanmard added.