Dr A Rashid Kausar represented UMT in 3rd Vice Chancellors Forum of Islamic countries held in Islamabad on February 26, 2015. The Forum is being attended by over 200 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Presidents of universities and higher education institutions of the Islamic world. The objectives set forth for the Forum entitled “Vice Chancellors Forum 2014: Universities in the Islamic World: Facing Global Challenges” include providing a platform to the University heads in the OIC member states in forging linkages for initiating joint academic programs, promoting research, pooling resources, offering scholarships, promoting exchange of students, establishing centers of excellence, and so forth.
The countries whose university heads are attending the Forum include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Libya, Malaysia, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen, Gambia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Ivory Coast, and a few other Muslim countries.
Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development was the chief guest in the inaugural ceremony. The Forum is being jointly organized by the Higher Education Commission, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, and Federation of Universities of Islamic World.