The critical impact of higher education on the socio-economic development of the OIC member States and in equipping the youth in these countries to address the challenges of the 21st century can be hardly overemphasized. Excellence in knowledge, research and innovation is imperative for the Muslim world to reclaim its rightful place in the international arena. Advancing the acquisition and popularization of knowledge is one of the key objectives of the OIC Charter. The Charter commits the Member States to the objective of enhancing and developing science and technology and encouraging research and cooperation among Member States in these fields.
The OIC Vision 1441H for Science and Technology, adopted by the 10th session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Putrajaya, Malaysia, 2003) and the Ten Year Programme of Action (TYPOA), adopted by the 3rd Extraordinary session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 2005) acknowledge the political, developmental, social, cultural and educational challenges facing the Muslim world and outlines ways and means to address them in an objective and pragmatic manner. In the areas of science and technology, research and higher education, the Vision 1441H and the TYPOA call for effective improvement and reform of educational institutions and curricula at all levels and linking post graduate studies to the comprehensive development plans of the Islamic world. The two documents stress the need for according priority to science and technology and quality education that promotes creativity, innovation, and research and development. To this end, they underline the need for academic interaction and exchange of knowledge among the academic institutions of the Member States. They further call for a comprehensive strategy to assimilate highly qualified Muslims within the Muslim world and utilization of their expertise.
The General Secretariat coordinates with the Member States with the relevant expertise for securing training courses/ specialized projects to cater to the specific needs of requesting Member States. Such specialized requests are dealt with on a case-to-case basis. Member States are invited to communicate their offers of Scholarships, Exchange Proposals as well as requirements in terms of Faculty, Distance Learning and Research collaboration proposals to the Department of Science and Technology.