BFnews: The Secretary General of OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, officiated the opening session of a two-day long meeting of the Joint Management Team on the Atlas of Islamic World Science and Innovation on Sunday, 03 October 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey.
In his speech at the opening session, the Secretary General noted that the Atlas will play a very crucial role in analyzing the Islamic world's existing expertise, infrastructure, human resources, quality of science curricula, and other technical potentials. The project will explore the relationships between science, innovation, faith, culture and politics as this will in turn help in identifying new opportunities for collaboration between scientists, policymakers and companies in the Islamic world and the West. The project will also create new networks for exchange of ideas, policies and good practice both within and between the Islamic world and the West.
He declared that the first country report on Malaysia will be launched during the Fifth Islamic Conference of Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister which will be held from 19 to 21 October 2010 in Kuala Lumpur.
Ihsanoglu cautioned that the pilot study phase of the Atlas project is the most crucial phase as it will help in determining the best methods and refinements to be made to ensure consistency in approaches to country reports and ensure their conformity with international standards.
Moreover, he urged the Atlas project managers and the project steering group to ensure proper administration of the project-related surveys and to include key institutions such as universities, government agencies, research centers, think tank, and other vital sectors in the field of science and entrepreneurship.
It is worth mentioning that the Atlas of Islamic World Science and Innovation project aims at mapping the potentially available and actually existing capabilities and capacities in the domain of Science and Technology (S&T) in the Islamic world. The project is overseen by a joint team comprising of representatives of the OIC General Secretariat, COMSTECH, IDB, ISESCO, SESRIC and the British Royal Society.