Malaysia Pioneer In Establishing Guidelines On S&T For OIC Countries
KUALA LUMPUR Oct 19 – Malaysia will become one of the pioneer and reference countries in establishing guidelines and benchmarks for the progress of science and technology for Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member states.
OIC Secretary-General Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said Malaysia together with Pakistan and Egypt would establish the first guideline project for the Atlas of Islamic World Innovation which started in 2008.
“The General Secretariat and OIC institutions along with partners from Europe and Canada are actively collaborating for the preparation and completion of country reports in respect of the 15 OIC member states selected for the Atlas project.”
He said this in his speech read out by OIC Assistant Secretary-General Abdul Moiz Bokhari at the opening of the 5th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research (ICMHESR) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), here, today.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin opened the conference.
Ekmeleddin said the country reports for the three countries were expected to be launched during the 12th OIC Summit in March 2011.
He said the development of science and technology in OIC member states was largely dependent on the availability of scientific expertise, infrastructure, human resource, quality of scientific curricula, and their policies and programmes.
Therefore, in order to analyse all these factors and to examine their interplay, he said, the project for the Atlas of Islamic World Innovation was endorsed during the 11th OIC Summit in Dakar in 2008.
He said the Atlas project was intended to serve as an important reference and guide on key trends and trajectories in science and tecnology-based innovation (STI) that included recommendations for strengthening STI culture in OIC countries.
Ekmeleddin said the fifth ICMHESR with the theme, ‘Enculturation of Quality Academia, Research and Innovation Towards Prosperity of the Ummah’, showed its commitment to transforming the Muslim world into a strong, prosperous and vibrant ummah in sync with the realities of the 21st century.
He said in order to realise the objective, the OIC institutions were currently in the process of preparing a mid-term review of the implementation of the Ten-Year Programme of Action and Vision 1441H for Science and Technology.
“These landmark documents contain inter-alia the new OIC Vision and the roadmap for empowering the ummah in the areas of higher education, science and technology,” he said.