Launch of the Fourteenth (14th) Arab Conference on Information Technology
The Fourteenth (14th) International Arab Conference on Information Technology has been launched at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum under the auspices of HE the Vice President of the Republic. The Conference has been organized by the College of Computer Science and Information Technology at Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), in collaboration with the Arab Computer Society and the participation of twenty one (21) Arab and European countries. HE Dr. Sadiq, Minister of State at the Ministry of Communications and Dr. ‘Awad aj-Jazz, Chairman of SUST Senate, in addition to a number of researchers and scientists in this area have graced the Conference with their presence.
HE the Vice-Chancellor of SUST, Prof Dr. Hashim Ali Salem, when addressing the opening session, emphasized the importance of scientific research as being the cornerstone of the renaissance of humanities, calling for collaborative and fruitful interactions among Arab Universities to support research in all Arab Computer Colleges to enable them impel the growth of development cycle in the Arab World.
Prof Hashim also called upon Arab Universities to consider unification of opinion and commitment to cooperation “I appeal to you all to remove disincentives and obstacles that impede the growth and development of our Arab societies,” he said, expressing his hope that the conference will come up with concrete recommendations and clear objectives to serve technology issues in the Arab world.
Dr. Khalid Khanfar, the Secretary General of the Arab Computer Society shed light on the reality of scientific research in the Arab world compared to developed countries, indicating that it is necessary for Arab Universities to encourage and enhance scientific research as required to support the community and develop its capacities.
Dr. Khanfar expressed his pride and admiration for the growing interest and concern to education in Sudan which indicates the measure of prosperity and progress it has realized in science and technology areas, hoping that the conference will come up with meaningful and effective recommendations for the progress for our societies.
Dr. ‘Abd as-Sallam al- Ghaith, the Representative of the Secretary General of the Union of the Arab Computer Colleges said that the International Arab Conference on Information Technology aims at bringing together researchers, developers, content providers and beneficiaries in the areas of digital information technology along with politicians, economists and decision-makers, for their importance in bridging the digital, scientific, cultural and linguistic divide in the developed countries, adding that this conference, organized by the College of Computer Science and Information Technology at the Sudan University of Science and Technology, is held annually in one of the Arab countries and lasts for three (3) days within which a number of specialized scientific papers are presented, while exchanging know-how and sharing expertise between scholars and researchers.
For his part, Dr. ‘Iz el-Din ‘Uthman, Chairman of the Committee of Computer Studies and IT at the National Council for Higher Education spoke about the increasing attention paid by the Council to the issue of planning, follow-up and organization of all works related to computer studies in public and higher education domains, saying that loss of skilled human resources through continuous emigration caused a lack in having a role of academic models in the country.
During the conference, commemorative plaques have been awarded by the Arab Computer Society, Union of the Arab Computer Colleges, and the University of the West of England to HE the Vice-Chancellor of Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), the Dean of the College of Computer Science and Information Technology and the Secretary General of the Arab Computer Society