Dr. Hanif Hassan Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Board of Management, has met with a high-level delegation from the University of Geneva, which included Dr.Yves Fluckiger, Vice-President of the University of Geneva, Dr. Pierre Willa, Director of the International Relations Department, and Cyril Harry, Director of Liaison office.
The two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the Centre and the University of Geneva, especially in the areas of research, training, and organising joint activities regarding global dialogue and the promotion of human rights. A framework of cooperation will be concluded on specific areas such as the exchange of experiences in the field of research and studies, and exchange programmes of students and scholars between universities in the Arab world and the University of Geneva. The Geneva Centre will participate in the workshops and seminars organised by the University of Geneva, as well as in the projects and activities aiming at protecting human rights and promoting the culture of tolerance.
It was also agreed that the Centre will be considered as one of the key partners in the international "Bridge" project hosted by the University of Geneva. A number of prestigious research institutions at the Swiss and international levels will take part in this forum in order to interact, learn, and provide information on issues of common interest. The Swiss authorities at both federal and local levels are likewise key partners in this project, in addition to the United Nations, Geneva academic institutions, the private sector, NGOs as well as some American and European research centres, including London's Chatham House, Brookings Institution, the University of Helsinki, and others.
The Geneva University delegation expressed their desire to contribute to the implementation of the Ibn Khaldun award (an award dedicated to human dignity), which the Geneva Centre is currently setting up. The award could be delivered during Dies Academicus, which is the day where the university honours accomplished professors and lecturers. This year, the Dies Academicus prize will be awarded to India's Nobel Prize winner, the economist Amartya Sen, in honour of his achievements in the field of economics.
The University of Geneva is one of the most important universities in the world, ranking 66th in 2014 and number one in Switzerland. The university is one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe and includes a large number of specialised departments, and publishes various studies on different Swiss, European and international affairs.