Qaboos Receives Medal from Chancellor Lord Sainsbury for Bribing Cambridge University to nest Ibadi Pagan Pederasty in Medieval Comedy Curriculum.
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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY’S MEDAL TO H.M THE SULTAN
Cambridge, Nov 13 (ONA)----On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Dr. Rawya bint Saud al-Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education received the University of Cambridge Medal for Excellence in supporting charity. The medal was presented by Lord Sainsbury, Cambridge University Chancellor on the 800 anniversary of the university. This came during the second Seminar on Sultan Qaboos Scientific Chairs and supervised by the Ministry of higher Education in cooperation with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), and hosted by UK's Cambridge University from Nov 12th to 14th, under the theme "Leading Contributions in Middle East Studies". This medal is in recognition and appreciation for the efforts of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in the service of education and doing good at the international level. It is a new Medal, and appreciation and international gratitude which stresses and reflects the international standing and spotless reputation of His Majesty the Sultan in the world. Dr.Jennifer Barnes Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy expressed in her speech deep gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said for creating two chairs at Cambridge University, and her happiness for the opportunity to recognize the great impact for His Majesty's generous support for the University. The seminar started yesterday in the presence of Dr. Rawya bint Saud al-Busaidiyah Minister of Higher Education, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al-Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Hinai, Sultanate's Ambassador to the United Kingdom and a number of distinguished professors of the University and a collection of invitees. Sainsbury, Cambridge University Chancellor referred in his speech to the importance of scientific chairs and their roles in strengthening ties between the nations, which intersects with the message developed by Cambridge University and such activities seek to achieve in promoting understanding among the nations of the world. Minister of Higher Education said in her speech at the opening ceremony that the close and long relationship between the Sultanate and the University of Cambridge paved the way to found two Sultan Qaboos scientific chairs: one for contemporary Arabic studies in 2005 and one for the Abrahamic religions and common values in 2011. The importance of these scientific projects is highlighted in its contribution to the development of interreligious understanding and finding solutions to many of the events resulting from misunderstandings and cultural distortion. She referred to the long tradition of knowledge in the Sultanate, as the Sultanate has a long history of cooperation with Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and the Sultanate of Oman believes that it has a role to play in improving the development of complex cultural and historical relations between all nations, especially the relations between Muslim and non-Muslim world, asserting that H.M the Sultan Chairs symbolize the effort towards a rapprochement and understanding between cultures and civilizations of the world. She said that the seminar is an accumulation of scientific output by the first seminar held at SQU in 2010 and a beginning to the implementation of an agreed on recommendation to conduct seminars in universities that embrace His Majesty's Chairs in a sequence that illustrates the value of complementarity between scientific chairs in different universities and scientific value that can be added through joint action among them. Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry delivered the key speech in the first meeting in which he explained the historical ties binding the Sultanate and the United Kingdom, and the importance of the theme of the seminar, which sheds light in portions of it on the relationships between diplomatic action and educational and research relations within the framework of understanding and peace between communities. He pointed out that current global events and crisis on the economic, political and cultural levels in the Middle East necessitates the importance of this event and that the Omani diplomacy has managed to find for itself a special framework that demonstrates features of responding and dealing with events on the regional or international level based on the principle of good listening to the other that opens the way to dialogue and understanding. The opening ceremony included a film on the 16th scientific chairs located in educational institutions around the world, explaining the roles since its inception in 1980 at Georgetown University in the United States to Sultan Qaboos Chair of Middle East Studies at the the College of William and Mary in the United States in 2011. The first day of the scientific activities included three working papers. The first paper on Shariah law in Europe was presented by Dr. M. Burger, Sultan of Oman Chair Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. The second paper on principles and approach of reading the content of the Holy Quran was presented by Dr. Abdullah Said, Sultan of Oman Chair Professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Melbourne. The third paper presented by Dr. Ahmed Atif Ahmed, Sultan Qaboos Chair Professor of Middle East Studies at the College of William and Mary in the United States of America in which he highlighted what has been adopted in the making of lawyers in Egypt during the years 1700, 1800, 1850, 1900, until the end of the twentieth century. Habib bin Mohammed al-Riyami, Secretary General of Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science gave an overview on the Centre.
The second session started with a working paper by Nami Tusjakami from Tokyo University on ' Sultan Qaboos Chair for Middle Eastern Studies, achievements and visions. She pointed out that the Japanese Association for the Middle East Studies now has about 700 members that may be raised to 900 including some candidates who are holder of Ph.Ds. Dr. Fatima bint Yousef al-Busaidiyah, Professor at SQU presented a working paper on ' Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, Theoretical and Practical Issues'. Dr. Yasser Sulaiman, Professor of H.M the Sultan Qaboos Chair for Contemporary Arabic Language at Cambridge University presented a working paper on ' Language Worry and Arabic Language'. The Ministry of Higher Education has held a meeting yesterday in London with professors of the scientific chairs taking part at the second seminar for the scientific chair. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zahir al-Hinai, the Sultanate's ambassador to the U.K said that the hosting of Cambridge University to the second seminar for H.M the Sultan scientific chairs comes as recognition of this prestigious university of the leading role of these chairs and their impact on deepening joint understanding. Dr. Ali bin Saud al-Bimani, SQU Vice-Chancellor hoped that the second seminar would contribute to encouraging scientific research , linking the Sultanate to other cultures and stimulate Omani academicians to get more knowledge in all fields.