A Memorandum of Understanding Has Been Signed Between
International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA)
Islamic World Virtual Universities Network (CINVU)
Due to support for innovations, inventions, and the transfer of technology in Islamic countries, a cooperation memorandum was concluded between IFIA and CINVU.
Mr. Masoud Shafaghi, the strategic planning and executive office manager, pointed to the deficiency of transferring knowledge and technology from advanced countries in order to emancipate the underprivileged parts of the Islamic world. He listed intellectual property support, technology transfer, and the conduction of training courses on the commercialization of inventions and innovations as different fields of this joint project.
Moreover, Mr. Shafaghi stated the fact that IFIA’s policies toward the invention ecosystem are the improvement of the quality level of the culture of innovation, education, research, and technology, as well as a better understanding of various scientific and research capacities of the countries, effective communication in order to solve the fundamental problems, and simple access to the knowledge-based society and economy. Accordingly, he emphasized creating a platform for transferring the existing experiences, such as information, human resources, etc., in the field of educational technologies, research, and the technologies of educational tools with higher interactions between IFIA and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation members (OIC) as the second largest institution after the United Nations will benefit many inventors and innovators.
Also, Dr. Karim Najafi Barzegar, the Secretary General of the Islamic World Virtual Universities Network Office, pointed out that the capacity of this international organization to create a scientific platform and cooperation between universities and scientific and educational centers of the Islamic countries will speed up the joint projects of the members of the Islamic World Virtual Universities Network and Comstech, and this goal can be reached IFIA’s capacities in the fields of intellectual property, technology transfer, and education. As the main mission of the Islamic World Virtual Universities Network is the skill and scientific empowerment of the less developed countries of the Islamic world, the network requested IFIA’s partnership with this organization to provide new services in the field of establishing international facilitation processes and technical and content exchange. The Islamic World Virtual Universities Network is one of the networks affiliated with “COMSTEC,” the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation aof the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is hosted by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This network is an important base for strengthening and developing public higher education in the virtual platform of information technology, realizing justice in the fields of knowledge and thought and deepening and consolidating what has been learned, and empowering students, professors, universities, and elites who are active in the Islamic world in education, research, culture, and skills.