Abdul Latheef wrote on miadhu.com April 28th 2011

The Maldives Higher Education Council has met with the members of Board of Governors of International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), presently in the Maldives to attend the 91st Majlis meeting of the Board of Governors.

The meeting held at the President’s Office yesterday morning was chaired by Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed. Dr Waheed is also the Chairperson of the Higher Education Council.

Discussions at the meeting generally focused on the areas of cooperation between the government and IIUM in strengthening the higher education sector, especially increasing collaborations between the Maldives National University (MNU) and IIUM.

Among the areas discussed for increasing cooperation between IIUM and MNU were beginning student and faculty exchange programmes and twinning programmes between both universities and accreditation of MNU programmes by IIUM.

Higher Education Council also sought IIUM’s assistance in conducting training and refresher programmes for Islamic Studies teachers at secondary and higher secondary levels in the Maldives.

At the meeting, IIUM Board of Governors reiterated that support and commitment to enhancing engagement with the government and MNU.

They also welcomed the government’s efforts to develop education sector in the Maldives.

The Board of Governors of IIUM is to hold its 91st Majlis in the Maldives.

The Maldives is one of the eight Organisation of Islamic Conference countries that sponsor IIUM.