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    ICESCO and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Discuss Cooperation Avenues

    13 March 2024

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), received a delegation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguerir. The meeting explored avenues of cooperation in supporting youth in technological entrepreneurship through the Explorer Innovation Program, jointly implemented by the Institute and the University. Additionally, discussions centered on enhancing training opportunities for youth in the Islamic world, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence and data science.

    The delegation included Ms. Jinane Abounadi, Executive Director of the MIT SandBox Innovation Fund Program; Dr. Munther Dahleh, Director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT; and Dr. Mohamed Benkamoun, Pedagogical Director at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

    During the meeting held at the ICESCO headquarters in Rabat on March 11, 2024, Dr. AlMalik stressed the Organization’s keenness to enhance the roles of youth in the Islamic world through the implementation of initiatives and programs aimed at supporting and building their capacities in various fields. These efforts are designed to prepare them to adapt to the rapid changed in the technology landscape and equip them with the necessary skills for future professions.

    Heads of sector, experts, directors of departments and centers at ICESCO reviewed key programs and projects implemented by both sides to support youth in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and discussed cooperation prospects between ICESCO, MIT, and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in these areas.

    In conclusion, it was agreed to sustain coordination to develop executive plans for joint cooperation programs and projects.

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