Queen Rania Stresses Importance of Collaboration Between Local and International Academic Institutions

February 19, 2007

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department – Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah stressed the importance of collaboration between local and international academic institutions, during a meeting with Jordanian officials and academics and the President of Columbia University.

Her Majesty highlighted the role of academia in facilitating greater understanding and knowledge between cultures and people. Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, agreed, noting that academic institutions play a vital role in reaching out and improving understanding.

Monday's meeting came on the heels of last week's Higher Education Conference in the Dead Sea, where government officials noted that reforms in higher education should focus on international cooperation and exposure to best practices.

Former Prime Ministers Abdel Salam Al-Majali and Adnan Badran, and Ministers Khaled Touqan, Mohamad Hamdan, and Munther Al-Masri attended the meeting. Also present were Omar Al-Sheikh; Wajih Oweis, President of the University of Science and Technology; and Abdel Rahmi Al-Huneiti, President of Jordan University.

Touqan emphasized the value of an alliance between local and international institutions and welcomed the possibility of collaboration in the near future.

Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting path breaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education.