Universities group welcomes OIC endorsement of Makkah Declaration

Universities group welcomes OIC endorsement of Makkah Declaration
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The statement added that the charter supports the humanitarian values of Islam. (SPA)
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Updated 04 January 2021

Universities group welcomes OIC endorsement of Makkah Declaration

Universities group welcomes OIC endorsement of Makkah Declaration
  • The statement added that the charter supports the humanitarian values of Islam, including tolerance, understanding and cooperation among peoples and countries and the need to respect diversity and differences

JEDDAH: The League of Islamic Universities has blessed the endorsement of the “Makkah Declaration” by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM).
The league supported the declaration being published in religious, educational and cultural institutions throughout the Islamic world.
The league’s statement said that the decision by the CFM confirms the legitimacy of this historic charter, signed and endorsed by 1,200 muftis and 4,500 Muslim scholars representing different schools of thought under the umbrella of the Muslim World League (MWL) and the patronage of King Salman.
The statement added that the charter supports the humanitarian values of Islam, including tolerance, understanding and cooperation among peoples and countries and the need to respect diversity and differences.
In a statement, Dr. Osama Al-Abed, secretary-general of the league, welcomed this new step to promote tolerance, cooperation, peaceful co-existence and security among peoples of different religious and cultural backgrounds.
Al-Abed noted the efforts by the MWL highlighting Islam’s moderation and showing its truth to the rest of the world, based on the values of peace, brotherhood, tolerance and combatting extremism and terrorism.

 

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Makkah Declaration

On May 31, 2019, leaders of Muslim nations gathered at the 14th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Makkah, adopted a 12-point set of principles. Among these were: "denouncing terrorism, extremism and fanaticism in all their forms and manifestations, whatever their causes and motives"; "condemn(ing) all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion, color or faith"; "rejecting sectarianism and confessional fanaticism in all their forms and manifestations"; and "standing by Muslims in nonIslamic countries who suffer persecution, injustice, coercion and aggression."


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.