Endowment and Education International Symposium at ZU

28 Mar 2011

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of Zayed University, inaugurated the “Endowment and Education Symposium” at the Zayed University Campus in Dubai in cooperation with the Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation and the Islamic Development Bank(KSA). The two-day Symposium “Innovative Models” hosts international experts and specialists from international universities drawn in the field of “Waqf” or philanthropy foundations.

Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice President of Zayed University, said: “This symposium at Zayed University emphasizes the importance of contributions for education from both the public and private sectors.  Waqf support for education has a long history in Islamic civilization."

“Waqf is considered one of the main elements that contributed to the development of many aspects of Islamic civilization and especially the education field. Many of the endowments that were created centuries ago benefited Islamic civilization and education. Quranic schools, schools and universities in the Islamic world depended on the generosity of individuals for financially contributions to operate. Since the inception of Waqfs in Islamic society, many western universities adopted the idea of Waqf and applied it quite successfully. For example there are more than 1600 universities in the US that depend on charitable foundations for financial contributions.” Al Jassim added.

Zayed University established its first endowed chair for AED 10 million to fund academic programs in public health by the Bin Hamoodah Group.

Dr. Nasr Arif, Director of the Islamic World Studies Institute at Zayed University, said the participants in this Endowment and Education Symposium brings together academics from international universities to present research papers from a international perspective and topics related to Waqf to share results and facts with the audience. The symposium addresses the role of endowments in the development of education by comparing the past and present as well as from the perspective of east and west.

The symposium also addresses different historical accounts and present day perspectives, from the Abbasid Dynasty, Ottoman Empire and Al Andalus (Andalusia), to Harvard University and the University of Oxford.

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