First Joint Symposium of the Rectors of ECO Member-State Universities- ECOSF Co-organizer and Contributor
The first ever joint symposium of the Rectors of ECO Member Countries was organized by Allahmeh Tabataba’i University of Iran in collaboration with the ECO Secretariat and ECO Specialized Agencies, including the ECO Science Foundation. Over 30 rectors and heads of universities from the ECO Member States participated in the event and recognized the significance of innovative and pragmatic approaches for enhanced regional cooperation in the field of education. On behalf of ECOSF, President Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the symposium.
During the inaugural session, the ECO Secretary General Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour delivered his opening speech and thanked the organizers for providing an opportunity to the relevant stakeholders, academics and intellectuals for exchanging views in order to meet the challenges of the contemporary world in the field of education and research. Dr. Soleimanpour highlighted the importance of close cooperation among the ECO Member States in education and research for realization of the Organization’s strategic goals.
President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro in his speech emphasized that Higher Education is one of the key drivers of growth performance, prosperity, and competitiveness for national and global economic development. Universities and other higher educational institutions not only deliver tertiary education and ongoing skills training, but also provide a conducive research environment that produces innovations with valuable commercial applications, he added. Prof. Soomro underlined that higher education sector remains critical for ECO Member Countries for developing essential human cognitive and capacity building of people at all stages of their careers.
At the end of the symposium, a special discussion was wherein the participants shared their views and experiences for enhanced regional cooperation in the field of education and research in the wake latest challenges of the globalized world.