4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD (ICT4M)

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IIUM Rector, Prof. Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin, presenting a keynote speech entitled “Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Discovery: The new Direction for ICT-based Education in the Muslim World” at the recent ICT4M.

 

IIUM was well represented at the recent 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for the Muslim World (ICT4M).  Apart from participation and the attendance of IIUM Council Member, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman and the Rector of IIUM, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin, the Conference also saw 18 IIUM senior lecturers presenting research papers and findings.  The said conference was held at the headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Rabat, Morocco from 25th to 26th March, 2013.  The theme of the conference was “ICT Economic Advancement for Global Peace”.

Prof. Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin presented a keynote speech entitled “Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Discovery: The new Direction for ICT based Education in the Muslim World”.  The conference was co-organized by the Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology (KICT) of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Morocco Section, and ISESCO. 

 
The conference was held in collaboration with Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Innfomatique et d'Analyse des Systemes (ENSIAS), Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), the International Organization for Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (IIWAS). The event was sponsored by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).
 
ISESCO Director General, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri inaugurated the conference with an address in which he highlighted the organisation’s keen interest in information and communication. He recalled the active involvement of ISESCO in the preparations for the Geneva and Tunis phases of the World Summit on the Information Society, held respectively in 2003 and 2005. He said that through its relevant programmes, ISESCO seeks to boost capacity building in information and communication in the Muslim World, and ensure a good response to the challenges of the sector’s rapid evolution.
 
In the same vein, he said that ISESCO has a long established record of cooperation for the development of ICT in the Muslim World with international organizations and academic institutions, including UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He explained that ISESCO has collaborated with organisers of several international conferences and regional meetings on research and education networks interconnecting the Arab World, e-government for transparent and effective governance, Arab women and ICT, knowledge societies and their role in peace and sustainable development.
 
At the close of his address, Dr. Altwaijri said that among ISESCO’s top priorities in the sector of ICT is to encourage its member states to become more actively engaged in ICT as a tool to promote global cooperation for more peaceful relations, better knowledge-sharing and education, optimal utilisation of cultural identity, linguistic diversity and local content, and greater respect for the human values of peace, justice, freedom and dialogue between peoples of different cultures, civilisations and religions.
 
Those attending the opening session included the Rector of the IIUM, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin, the ambassador of Malaysia in Rabat and a host of diplomats, ICT experts and researchers from Malaysia and other countries in the Muslim World, Moroccan universities and academic institutions. 
 
About 100 participants attended the conference from Malaysia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, Pakistan, Indonesia and Singapore. Most of the participants were from Morocco and Malaysia encompassing students and academicians. Fifty-seven papers were presented including 12 posters and 45 oral presentations with three keynote speakers. 
 
Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin presented her keynote speech entitled, “Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Discovery: The new Direction for ICT-based Education in the Muslim World”. The second keynote address was presented by Prof. Dr. Mohamed Essaaidi, Director, National Higher School of IT (ENSIAS) on, “An Overview of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technologies, Applications”.  The third keynote address was by Prof. Dr. Sultan Hasan Alsultan, Saudi Arabia Shura Member, Qaseem University, Saudi Arabia on the “Future of Remote Sensing Technology in the Islamic World”. 
 
There was an open forum chaired by Dr. Imad Fakhri Al Shaikhli. The panel members were: Prof. Dr. Adam Suhaimi, Prof. Dr. Mohd. Essaaidi, Prof. Dr. Khalid Al-Khateeb, and Dr. Akram M. Zeki on “ICT for Al-Wasatiyyah”. 
 
Overall, the conference went very well with many significant and interesting discussions on issues regarding the utilization of ICT in the Muslim world.
 
                
ISESCO Director General, Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri inaugurating the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for the Muslim World (ICT4M) in Rabat, Morocco, with his speech.
 
 
                          
ISESCO Director General, Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri presenting the IIUM Rector, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin with a token of appreciation at the ICT4M.
 

Attendees of the ICT4M reciting a du’a.

Seen (from left): Prof. Dr. Abdulaziz Berghout, IIUM Deputy Rector for Internationalisation, Industry & Community Relations, and Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, Council Member of IIUM.