Posted on April 24, 2016

An agreement signed yesterday between Qatar University (QU) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) established the ISESCO Chair in Alliance of Civilizations that will be housed at the university’s College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS). In the terms of the agreement, QU will provide administrative, financial and technical support and the necessary facilities and services for the implementation of various programs. ISESCO will fund the Chair’s annual activities, develop executive plans and specialized programs, and engage various research and scientific organizations such as the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW).

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Both institutions will collaborate on developing studies and databases in areas of the alliance of civilizations specialization, and in providing scholarships for graduate students involved in relevant research activities, and awards of appreciation for distinguished research projects. They will also cooperate in establishing joint seminars, workshops, conferences and training sessions on the dialogue among different cultures and religions and related issues.

 

The agreement was signed by QU president Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham and ISESCO director general and FUIW secretary general Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri in front of an audience comprising advisor at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar’s candidate for the post of Director-General of UNESCO H.E. Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and CSIS dean Dr Yousuf Mahmoud Al-Siddiqi, as well as several officials from both organizations.

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Commenting on the agreement, Dr Al Derham said: “The establishment of the ISESCO Chair in Alliance of Civilizations aligns with QU’s ongoing efforts to fulfill the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the country’s Plan For the Alliance of Civilizations 2014-2016, and serves to implement a course on alliance of civilizations within QU academic curriculum.” Dr Altwaijri said: “ISESCO is pleased to partner with Qatar University in establishing this Chair position which will contribute to shaping the future generation of graduates who are equipped with the mindset and tools to advance interfaith dialogue, build a closer alliance between cultures and civilizations, and address all aspects of extremism.”

Dr Al-Siddiqi noted that as part of its agreement with ISESCO, the College is planning to create an encyclopedia on western studies and to organize an international forum on the alliance of civilizations.

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