Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) role in the development of a science and technology based knowledge economy was appreciated by member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the sixth Islamic Conference of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which concluded in Khartoum, Sudan .
Around 57 ministers of Higher Education and Science and Technology took part in the two day conference on ‘The role of higher education in the development of science and technology for a prosperous future’. The conference was inaugurated by the Sudanese vice president and co-chaired by higher education ministers of Sudan and Malaysia. The conference was held under the sponsorship of OIC and Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization ISESCO.
HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari spoke of the role of science and technology in the development of an economy. He said that OIC countries had 70% of the world’s energy resources and 40% of the natural resources and yet their combined GDP was less than that of a country like Japan with no energy or natural resources. The game changer which could change the future of OIC countries was creating a science and technology based economy. “Only through the acquisition of knowledge would we be able to promote creativity, innovation, and indulge in technology based entrepreneurship,” he said.
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