In­ter­view Prof. Dr. Ah­mad Yousif A. Al-Drai­weesh, Pres­i­dent In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity, Is­lam­abad (IIUI)

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Prof. Dr. Ah­mad Yousif A. AlDrai­weesh, is one of the lead­ing aca­demi­cian in Saudi Ara­bia and has re­cently ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan as the Pres­i­dent In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity, Is­lam­abad (IIUI). Ear­lier, he was serv­ing as deputy re­ac­tor, Al Imam Muhammad bin Saud Is­lamic Univer­sity, Riyadh. He has more than two decades of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Is­lamic Stud­ies, Is­lamic law and Com­par­a­tive Ju­rispru­dence in Saudi Ara­bia and sev­eral other coun­tries. He has been awarded nu­mer­ous awards for his aca­demic work and re­search. Since his ap­point­ment as Pres­i­dent of IIUI, he was able to take var­i­ous ini­tia­tives for the Univer­sity to make head ways in en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the great learn­ing cen­tre.

King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia has al­ways re­mained gen­er­ous in pro­vid­ing in­sti­tu­tional sup­port rang­ing from health and ed­u­ca­tion. In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity, Is­lam­abad (IIUI) is one of the strong sym­bols of friend­ship and brother­hood of­fered by the Saudi peo­ple and King­dom. Es­tab­lished in Novem­ber 1980, the Univer­sity has com­pleted its 25 years re­cently. Stu­dents from all over the world the en­riched source of knowl­edge for more than two decades. The Univer­sity also sym­bol­izes the hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of the Mus­lim Ummah and has been cre­ated to pro­duce the schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers who have the per­son­al­i­ties and char­ac­ters cou­pled with rich knowl­edge of Is­lam ca­pa­ble to cater to the eco­nomic, so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, tech­no­log­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual needs of the Mus­lim Ummah. The Univer­sity has sev­eral fac­ul­ties of­fer­ing unique study in mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines The Diplo­matic In­sight ar­ranged an ex­clu­sive sit­ting with Prof. Dr. Ah­mad Yousif A. Al-Drai­weesh, Pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity, Is­lam­abad(IIUI). Fol­low­ing are the ex­cerpts of in­ter­view.

Q:Thank you Mr. Pres­i­dent for the your time. What is your vi­sion for pro­mot­ing Ed­u­ca­tion in Mus­lim World?

Ans: It is my plea­sure to talk to you and through your mag­a­zine to the wider read­er­ship and tell them about In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity and my vi­sion for turn­ing this great Univer­sity to great­est lev­els of knowl­edge through dy­namic ap­proaches and in­no­va­tive think­ing and make it one of the world’s best Uni­ver­si­ties. First of all I would like to thank Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan, Mr. Asif Ali Zar­dari for my ap­point­ment as Pres­i­dent of this Univer­sity and I also am thank­ful to Khadim Ul Har­main Shar­i­fain who has cho­sen me for the ser­vices of Pak­istani peo­ple. stone un­turned while pur­su­ing aims and ob­jec­tives. IIUI is the nu­cleus of hopes and ex­pec­ta­tions of Is­lamic such a gen­er­a­tion will pro­vide a bet­ter and bal­anced lead­er­ship to Is­lamic world. Th­ese goals can­not be achieved with­out the co­op­er­a­tion and

mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tion with the fac­ulty mem­bers and I have asked them all to share their as­pi­ra­tions in this re­gard in the form of pro­pos­als to share with the the work­ing of the Univer­sity. We are cur­rently mak­ing all ef­forts to en­hance the work­ing of var­i­ous de­part­ments in­clud­ing the teach­ers train­ing ses­sions. Th­ese train­ing pro­grams for im­prov­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are not only for ad­min­is­tra­tive staff as well as for the fac­ulty. Our Univer­sity is also pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to the stu­dents on the reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Q: Pak­istan and Saudi Ara­bia share deep rooted diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween both states, but there is ed­u­ca­tion. What is your comment on that?

Ans: I don’t fully agree with you here. This Univer­sity in Is­lam­abad is a strong sym­bol of Pak­istan-Saudi Ara­bia Friend­ship and sup­port. King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia has re­mained in­stru­men­tal in pro­vid­ing sup­port to the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor of Pak­istan for the last many years. Many of the fac­ulty mem­bers from the King­dom are here to serve not only in the Univer­sity but also in other var­i­ous in­sti­tutes as well. Saudi Ara­bia has pro­vided gen­er­ously in build­ing re­li­gious and other ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes across the coun­try and has re­mained a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the con­struc­tion of mosques as well. Saudi in­vest­ment in Pak­istan cou­pled with ad­vances made tech­nol­ogy has helped to give the ed­u­ca­tion a boost in Pak­istan. There also ex­ist var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tional link­ages be­tween Uni­ver­si­ties as well. The link­ages are based on tech­ni­cal sup­port from Faisal Mosque (ded­i­cated to King Faisal of Saudi Ara­bia) in Is­lam­abad; the cap­i­tal of Pak­istan was the prime Faisal Mosque has also re­mained one of the cen­tres of Is­lamic Stud­ies and knowl­edge in the coun­try. There is an ex­change of ed­u­ca­tion del­e­ga­tion to each other’s coun­tries as well.

Q: What are the var­i­ous steps that you are tak­ing to make this Univer­sity a true rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Mus­lim Ummah as stu­dents from few of the Mus­lim coun­tries are study­ing here in var­i­ous fac­ul­ties?

Ans: As you know that cur­rently stu­dents from 40 dif­fer­ent coun­tries of the world are get­ting ed­u­ca­tion in this univer­sity thus they are strength­en­ing the Is­lamic brother­hood. Yes, there is a lot of steps need to be taken in pro­mot­ing and en­cour­ag­ing the pres­ence of stu­dents and knowl­edge seek­ers from across the globe. Youth is our as­set and our mo­ti­va­tion is to give them qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that would help them to serve not only na­tions but also whole Mus­lim Ummah. We are con­sid­er­ing open­ing of var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties which are unique and give ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion, both in terms of as well to at­tract the stu­dents from across the globe. We are also pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to the stu­dents as well and of­fer in­cen­tives of var­i­ous na­tures to th­ese stu­dents to make them work hard and get the best of knowl­edge.

Q: What is your mes­sage to the peo­ple es­pe­cially youth of Pak­istan and Mus­lim world?

Ans: I con­sider youth as an as­set for any so­ci­ety, coun­try and na­tion as a whole. They must spend their pre­cious time to ac­quire knowl­edge to serve their na­tion. The youth of the coun­try must be a sym­bol of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the cause of build­ing up the na­tion for a bright fu­ture. Youth must keep them­selves away from the im­pact of ter­ror­ism and fun­da­men­tal­ism and fo­cus their en­er­gies to get in­volved in learn­ing new paths to the science and tech­nolo­gies and sports as the mod­ern era is a time for science and tech­nol­ogy and we can­not sur­vive with­out get­ting sound knowl­edge in th­ese dis­ci­pline, there­fore youth should be aware of their po­ten­tials and uti­lize them ac­cord­ingly. This is my mes­sage to the youth of not only to Pak­istan but whole world in­clud­ing Mus­lim world.

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