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The University of Jordan (UJ) has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to IAS President, Prof. Abdul Salam Majali FIAS

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In the presence of the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdullah Ensour, The University of Jordan (UJ) on Tuesday has awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Management Science to former Prime Minister, Prof. Abdul Salam Majali, President, IAS, for his contribution to science and knowledge for over 50 years.

“We are honoring a national figure, a march of accomplishments and a man who had a fingerprint in all positions he held and used to serve the nation,” Tarawneh said in a speech he delivered in a grand ceremony held for this occasion.
According to Tarawneh, UJ sought to honor Majali being a model for pioneering political behavior and a role model for all generations in our beloved country.
The president recited the Council of Deans’ order to award Prof. Majali an honorary doctorate degree in Management Science based on UJ’s policy on the awarding of degrees and honorary degrees and certificates.
Majali held several renowned positions in Jordan including Minister of Health, Minister of Education, and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.
Majali made many contributions on the national, regional and international levels. He helped in passing and developing a number of national laws. Furthermore, he was the first doctor to hold a military rank and the fist president of the Jordanian Royal Medical Services.
Majali helped expanding education in Jordan. He participated in founding all of the University of Jordan and Princess Muna College of Nursing for the Jordanian Armed Forces. Moreover, Al-Majali was the president of The University of Jordan for 14 years during which he brought in the Credit Hours system.
Also, Majali has participated in many WHO and UNESCO conferences, and presided over the Jordanian delegation to the peace negotiations in the Middle East in 1991.
In his speech Prof. Majali recalled the founding of The University of Jordan in 1962 as one of the most important milestones at the time of His Majesty the Late King Hussein bin Talal, May God rest his soul.
Majali also urged universities to promote higher education and research centers by introducing smart environments that contribute to the development of scientific research aimed to boost development and production, In addition to promoting freedom, dialogue and respect among students on campus.
Majali expressed appreciation for UJ on this honoring, commending the first generation faculty and staff who was the principal force behind the development of The University of Jordan.
Prof. Kamel Ajlouni, Director of the National Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics (NCDEG), delivered a speech in which he commended the biography of Majali since he was a medical doctor in the Armed Forces until he became Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense during the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.
Tarawneh handed Prof. Majali the Honorary Doctorate in the presence of Jordan’s Senate President Abdul Raouf Rawabdeh and a number of current and former ministers, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Khaled Touqan and a number of heads of Jordanian universities, as well as the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities and senior staff at the University.

 

 

 

Water shortages may spark violence worse than the Arab Spring

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Prince El-HassanRefugees from Syria are exacerbating a looming energy crisis that threatens to plunge the Middle East into a wave of violent uprisings far bloodier than the Arab Spring, Prince Hassan of Jordan
has warned.

Unless Arab states unite to solve the region’s increasingly acute shortages, they will be starved of water and power in 15 years, he predicted.

The millions of refugees are piling intolerable pressure on the already creaking infrastructure of their neigh-bouring countries such as Jordan,sparking protests against blackouts and water queues.

“We are at a tipping point. It is not going to survive much further, because the populace won’t have it,” Prince Hassan,the uncle of King Abdullah, told The Times. The impetus for another series of revolutions would be less about the vote and more about “the
absence of basic services, such as water and energy”, he said.

He also predicted that new uprisings were likely to be far bloodier than those that began sweeping the Middle East and North Africa in 2010, due to the influence of extremists linked to al-Qaeda.
“They are going to be motivated by the level of the violence and professional cruelty that we have seen in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan to basically create a tsunami, a violent takeover of the
region. The downstream consequences of that are immeasurably destructive.”

Every tenth person in Jordan is a Syrian national. The influx of refugees has pushed Jordan from fourth to third on the list of countries most deprived of water, and there are concerns that sewage and waste from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the second biggest in the world, are threatening underground water supplies nearby.

Despite this, Prince Hassan said, there has been no cross-border thinking about how to address the water problems that affect the entire region. By 2030, for instance, 45 million Iranians are expected to be on the move because of shortages, he said.

“You need to have the ability to think regionally, but that’s not encouraged,” he said, referring to sectarian divisions that are dominated by Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.

One answer might be the waters of the River Jordan, depleted over decades by the rival efforts of Syria, Israel and Jordan to divert its flow to their advantage. “This is the lifeline of the region. This is what should be developed.”

He suggested a supranational body — “above politics and above sticky fingers” — that would meet daily until Arab governments could go to the UN and express a collective view. It would also need to look at the depleted stocks of the Euphrates and the Tigris.

The proposals of Prince Hassan, who is chairman of the UN Advisory Board in Water and Sanitation, will go before Arab ministers in the spring. Does he think his plan has any hope? “I’m not an optimist in that I think everything’s rosy, but not a pessimist in that I think nothing is practical,” he said.

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جائزة المصطفى (ص) الايرانية لتكريم العلماء المسلمين

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طهران – 08/01/2014 : في سابقة هي الأولى من نوعها في العالم الاسلامي بادرت ايران الى استحداث جائزة مالية كبرى تكافئ فيها ابداعات العلماء المسلمين في أهم العلوم الحديثة ، حول هذا الموضوع اليكم تقرير مراسل قناتنا في طهران الزميل محمد ناصر:

تيمنا باسم الرسول الاعظم (ص) ودفاعا عنه قررت الحكومة الايرانية تخصيص جائزة المصطفى للعلوم والتقنيات الحديثة لأفضل الاختراعات والانجازات في أهم المجالات العلمية .

ويضع المشروع الايراني حسب ما أعلن مجلس السياسات والتخطيط الذي يشرف على تنظيم الجائزة جملة من الاهداف لعل ابرزها تحفيز علماء وباحثي العالم الاسلامي على المزيد من العطاء والابداع ومد قنوات الاتصال والتعاون العلمي بينهم .

الدكتور عبد السلام المجالي رئيس اكاديمية العالم الاسلامي للعلوم قال في مراسم الاعلان عن الجائزة : نقدر ايران تقديرا عاليا ونشكر الذين قرروا اقامة هذه الجائزة التي تحفزنا لكي نعود مرة اخرى الى العلم والبحث والاختراع بهدف اعادة الأمة الى مجدها المرموق وموقعها الأساسي .

يُشرف على هذه الجائزة المجلس الايراني للسياسات والتخطيط والذي يضم شخصيات ايرانية مرموقة كوزراء الخارجية والعلوم والصحة ، وممثلون عن مؤسسات علمية كرئيسي جامعة طهران وجامعة شريف التكنولوجية ، ومندوبون عن المجلس الأعلى للثورة الثقافية ولجان مجلس الشورى الاسلامي ، وشخصيات اخرى أجنبية ممثلة لاكاديمية العالم الاسلامي للعلوم ومنظمة التعاون الاسلامي والبنك الاسلامي للتنمية ، ورئيسا جامعتين من احدى دول العالم الاسلامي ، وينتخب اعضاء المجلس لدورة واحدة مدتها أربعة أعوام .

ومن المقرر ان تُمنح جائزة المصطفى في دورتها الاولى العام القادم في اسبوع الوحدة الأسلامية لأفضل العلماء المسلمين في أربعة مجالات .

وتُقدم طلبات العلماء المسلمين للمنافسة على نيل الجائزة بعد اعلان الأمانة العامة عن مواعيدها ، وتُخصص جوائز نقدية قيّمة وميدالية نفيسة مكتوب عليها بثلاث لغات هي الفارسية والانجليزية والعربية .

وتصل القيمة النقدية المُعلن عنها في الدورة الاولى ما يعادل 500 الف دولار لكل جائزة .

انها جائزة باسم الرسول الاعظم محمد (ص) تمثل جسر عبور للمستقبل ، تضعها ايران أمام العلماء المسلمين لتقديم افضل ابداعاتهم في مجال تقنيات النانو والطب والتكنولوجيا وعلوم الاتصالات .

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 منير نايفة عالم ذرة فلسطيني ولد في ديسيمبر 1945 بقرية شويكة بجوار طولكرم

غادر للأردن لاستكمال دراسته الثانوية ثم إلى لبنان للحصول على درجة البكالوريوس من الجامعة الأمريكية في بيروت في عام 1968، ثم الماجستير في الفيزياء في عام 1970. حصل على منحة مقدمة من جامعة ستانفورد الأمريكية للحصول على الدكتوراة، وقد حصل عليها بالفعل في حقل الفيزياء الذرية وعلوم الليزر.
عمل نايفة في الفترة من عام 1977 وحتى عام 1979 باحثا فيزيائيا بمعامل أوج – رج بجامعة كنتاكي، ثم التحق في نهاية هذه الفترة عام 1979 بجامعة إلينوي، وفي نفس العام حصل
على جائزة البحث التصنيعى في الولايات المتحدة. نشر نايفة ما يزيد عن 130 مقالاً وبحثاً علمياً، وشارك مع آخرين في إعداد وتأليف العديد من الكتب عن علوم الليزر والكهربية والمغناطيسية.
للعالم منير نايفة ثلاثة أشقاء يحملون لقب بروفيسور هم على التوالي علي نايفة أستاذ الهندسة الميكانيكية في جامعة فيرجينيا، وعدنان نايفة أستاذ الهندسة الميكانيكية والطيران من جامعة سينسناتي في أوهايو،

Khalifa Sat launch in 2017: Mohammed

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday launched the executive phases for building the Khalifa Sat, the first satellite to be fully built and manufactured at the hands of 100 per cent UAE competent experts and to be place on orbit by 2017.

Khalifa Sat will be the first Arab-made satellite, catapulting the Arab region into a new era of space industry and competition in space sciences.

While launching the promising project at the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), Sheikh Mohammed said ''Khalifa Sat is a message to all Arabs that Arab ushering into the space era is neither out of reach  nor impossible and our State will be a leader in this industry as long as we have the confidence and courage to enter into competition with major countries in this field,'' Sheikh Mohammed said, dedicating the new ambitious scientific achievement  to the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

''Our doors will remain open for cooperation with all Arab countries in space technology and engineering,'' Sheikh Mohammed added.

''We are extremely delighted at seeing sons and daughters of the UAE forming the first Arab team to build a satellite and launch it into outer space in 2017….. Our confidence in them is boundless  and our ambitions are the sky's the limit and success comes from Allah,'' Sheikh Mohammed said.

He affirmed during his visit to EISAST that '' excellence of our youth in space sciences, engineering and energy opens before our State new huge development prospects and new avenues which will have set foot for the first time.

The vice president said that he will personally follow up the Khalifa Sat work team, revealing that the government will embark on setting  up similar teams in other fields.

''When I look at the outstanding Emirati performers I always say this is what the late founding fathers Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum planted and today we are  harvesting the fruits for building capacities of Emirati citizen.''

During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed heard from the Emirati experts and engineers about EIAST's plan to build the new Khalifa Sat which will be launch into the outer space. He also viewed plans and designs of facilities for building satellites in 2015.

At EIAST, a powerful integrated national team of 45 high caliber engineers and experts are currently establishing advanced facilities and high-tech laboratories for building the promising humidity and dust- proof satellite

EIAST has launched two sats: DubaiSat 1 and DubaiSat 2 which marked a national milestone as they were the first remote sensing satellites to be fully-owned by a UAE entity.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during the launch ceremony by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security. Major  General Mohammed Ahmed Al Qamzi, Chairman of EIAST, Khalifa Saeed Salman, Director General of Dubai Department of Protocol, and EIAST board members.

Mohammed bin Rashid receives Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has received H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah.

Both sides discussed a number of national issues which have the highest priority of the wise leadership for the happiness of every citizen and the provision of a decent life and family stability.

The meeting took place in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras al-Khaimah.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum hosted a lunch banquet in honour of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, which was attended by a number of Sheiks, dignitaries and senior officials.

Sheikh Mohammed attends 6th Emirates Endurance Championship

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday attended the 120-km Emirates Endurance Championship, organised by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in cooperation with Emirates Equestrian Federation at the Emirates International Endurance Race in Al Wathba.

The 6th endurance ride is supported by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and sponsored by Arabtec Cosntruction Company, the official partner of the festival.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor; Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Advisor; and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, also watched the race.

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Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu honored with Guinea’s National Order of Merit

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home_news_big_thumb (1)President of Guinea, H.E. Alpha Conde, awarded the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu with the highest state honors, Officer of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of Guinea, for his services to the Muslim Ummah, at the opening of the 40th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) on 9 December 2013 in Conakry.

Earlier in the day, the Secretary General met with the President at the Presidential Palace where they discussed Guinea’s role as the new Chair of the CFM during 2014 and ways of better serving the Muslim Ummah.

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Opening of 40th Session of Council of Foreign Ministers in Guinea, 9 December 2013

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home_news_big_thumbIn his last speech as secretary general of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu gave an account of the major achievements and initiatives undertaken during his tenure at the opening of the 40th session of the CFM in Guinea on 9 December 2013.

From the consensual passage of UN Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 on combating religious intolerance and the adoption of the OIC Water Vision to the establishment of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, the Women Development Organization, and a specialised department on humanitarian activities; while the Draft Statute of the Islamic Organization for Food Security is up for approval at this session and the Islamic States Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (IBRAF) and the OIC Media Forum (OMF) have submitted their applications for OIC Affiliate memberships. The secretary general also presented the progress made in addressing Islamophobia, promoting economic cooperation, advancing science and technology and developing education and health in the member states.

“I can say with full confidence that your organization has developed and matured into a reputable organization and has so far passed successfully through myriad challenges. During this period of 9 years, the OIC has waded its way into the twenty-first century in a much better standing. It is now playing a much more important role in the political, economic, cultural and social fields to forge Islamic solidarity,” said Ihsanoglu.

After thanking the people and leadership of Guinea for hosting the 40th CFM in Conakry and thanking Djibouti, the Chair of the previous session of the CFM, Ihsanoglu highlighted the outstanding progress made in implementing the Ten-Year Program of Action adopted in Makkah in 2005 while acknowledging with profound gratitude the support and interest he was awarded by the member states towards reaching these goals. “We have witnessed a clear demonstration of greater political will by the Member States to engage more actively and concretely in the activities and programs of the OIC which has witnessed a remarkable growth and expansion during this period. We are here to build on the important achievements of the previous CFM,” he said. He urged the member states to continue their support to the activities and programs of the OIC.

Pointing to the main achievements, at the international level, OIC’s process of reform and global political engagement led powers of the international community to establish or upgrade their relations with the OIC as a sign of their interest in engaging and cooperating with the Organization on a number of fronts, he said. The convening by the UN Security Council on 28 October 2013 of an unprecedented Special high-level session on the cooperation between the OIC and UN is a clear testimony of the unique standing the OIC has embraced.

As for the cause of Palestine, the raison d’être of the OIC, it has witnessed important developments in recent times. International unanimity on recognizing the State of Palestine as member of the UN General Assembly on 29 November 2012 was a major achievement that needs to be built on in order to secure more support to the Palestinian people and their legitimate national rights, stressed Ihsanoglu.

To examine the grave situation of the City of Al-Quds and the Aqsa Holy Mosque and consider possible actions to counter Israeli violations, he invited the member states to participate actively in the proceedings of the special session to be held during the current CFM session with a view to elaborating a program of action, including practical measures, that would put an end to continued Israeli violations in the city of Al-Quds. As a matter of urgency, he reiterated his call on all member states, institutions and funds to take the initiative and provide the financing required to implement the strategic plan for the development of vital sectors in Al-Quds as a means to unite our efforts and focus our interventions in a way commensurate with challenges the Holy City is facing.

He spoke about his recent visit to Palestine in August 2013 and his personal observation of the impending Judaization risk at Al-Quds and the stifling conditions on the ground suffered by the people under Israeli occupation.

Another important trip he undertook recently is to Myanmar, heading an OIC ministerial Contact Group delegation in November. Throughout the meetings with officials, civil society groups and Rakhine community members he expressed OIC’s wish to open channels of communication and dialogue with Myanmar as well as its readiness to contribute to the humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance to all affected people and communities without any discrimination. He also stressed the need to clarify the misperception and misunderstanding on both sides in order to build trust. At the conclusion of the visit a Joint Communiqué was issued with the Government of Myanmar, which outlined the framework of their joint cooperation. “Through constructive diplomacy, consistent pressure and international engagement a historic breakthrough was achieved in OIC relations with Myanmar.” Following the visit, Ihsanoglu wrote a letter to the President thanking him for his hospitality and proposing three projects: a technical training college and a medical facility in Rakhine State by the Islamic Development Bank and an international symposium on the relations of Buddhism and Islam through a historical perspective by IRCICA. He urged the Member States to provide urgent humanitarian aid and contribute to socio-economic projects while maintaining the political pressure on the government to fulfill the rights of the Rohingya Muslim Minority.