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Muslim World Biz 2016

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On October 18th-22nd, 2016, the seventh Muslim World Business and Investment Zone took place at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia).  One important element of the event was the OIC Higher Education Conference. The theme of the conference for this year was “Innovative Pedagogy”. Conference sessions were organised involving university presidents, academic staff, and higher education experts from around the Muslim world.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), founded on September 25, 1969 at the conference of heads of Muslim countries in Rabat, is the largest and most influential official Muslim governmental international organization. At present, the OIC brings together 57 countries embracing the population of 1.5 billion people. Kazakhstan became a full-fledged member of the Organization in 1995.[1] 

This year’s theme “Innovative Pedagogy” is in line with digital generation fast growth. The conference emphasis was on the rethinking of teaching tools and workable strategies that yet to be implemented in most OIC countries. Over the past twenty years, advances in the areas of web and video content delivery have aided the growth of technology-based teaching methodologies, including the flipped class model, blended learning, MOOCs, and more. Gamification gained tremendous potential in the education space.

IAC representative also visited University College of Medical Sciences in Cyberjaya, the Malaysian analogue to Silicon Valley. During the visit, parties discussed academic mobility issues between medical universities of Kazakhstan and CUCMS.

The conference organizers also informed about the upcoming World Islamic Countries University Leaders Summit 2016.  The Summit will be held in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, from 14th  to 20th  November, 2016.  The focus will be given to  higher education governance, equity and access to education, academic ethics and integrity. 

[1] Official Site of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan