The conference dedicated to the 880th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi was on “Nizami Ganjavi and sustainable development.” The conference was attended by government officials, parliamentarians, 695 researchers from 34 countries, experts from the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, public and private sector representatives, and scientists.
Before the opening of the conference, the participants visited the monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev erected in Ganja, the mausoleum of Nizami Ganjavi and the Alley of Martyrs. They got acquainted with the exhibition and handicrafts of UNEC masters organized at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Ganja.
Welcoming the participants at the opening of the conference, UNEC Rector Professor Adalat Muradov said that the geography of this year’s conference has expanded, the number and prestige of scientific articles has increased. The rector drew attention to the differences between the 3rd conference and the previous ones. He stressed that under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, Karabakh was liberated from occupation and the conference was held in Azerbaijan, which ensured the territorial integrity. He said that the great victory created new prospects for the sustainable development of the region.
Noting that the conference is dedicated to the 880th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi, Professor Adalat Muradov noted that a universal approach to events in society has a special place in Nizami’s work. He said that the study of Nizami’s legacy by economists could yield significant results in the development of new conceptual ideas on behavioral economics and institutional economics, as well as the state’s participation in economic processes, which are among the most modern trends in economics.
In the end, the rector made two proposals. Taking into account the requirements of the 4th Industrial Revolution of the Karabakh University to be established in Aghdam and the fact that it will be the university ensuring digital transformation, forming human capital, he proposed to hold the next IV International Conference of Masters and Doctoral Students in Agdam on “Smart University”, digital education.
The head of the Ganja city executive power Niyazi Bayramov said that holding the event in Ganja was of special importance. He said that a series of events had been held in Ganja on the occasion of the proclamation of 2021 as the “Year of Nizami Ganjavi” and the 880th anniversary of the great poet in Azerbaijan by the order of President Ilham Aliyev. N.Bayramov noted that the international conference on “Nizami Ganjavi and sustainable development” will make a great contribution to the education of Azerbaijan, as well as play a major role in promoting Nizami’s country in the world. He stressed that the reports will give impetus to the development of small and medium-sized businesses in Ganja, increase employment in the post-war period and create new jobs.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Economy Mikayil Jabbarov greeted the conference participants, drawing attention to the connection of the innovative economy with the education system, and praised the scientific conferences held at the UNEC in this direction. Speaking about the global challenges of the time, socio-economic development and factors ensuring sustainable development, the Minister said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution presented new approaches to the country’s economy, and a strong economy underpinned Azerbaijan’s military victory. Mikayil Jabbarov also said that Nizami Ganjavi’s work is an inexhaustible treasure in the field of research to ensure sustainable development.
Minister of Education Emin Amrullayev spoke about the importance of conducting scientific research at the conference: “There is a desire to respond to the challenges of modern times with outdated tools. I think it is important to make changes in this area, to build a new model of higher education and to spread it to scientific research. The Minister also said that the number of articles written by Azerbaijani scientists has changed in recent years: “This number should be increased. The question of who and which articles are referred to is also important. By spending a few hours a day researching, we cannot produce a generation of scientists who can compete with the world’s scientists. That’s why you have to be diligent. “
Jalal Gasimov, Chief Executive Officer of PASHA Holding Group of Companies spoke about the projects implemented by the holding in the field of education. He stressed the measures taken in cooperation with higher education institutions, internship programs, and involvement in labor activities. PASHA said the holding will continue to support educational projects.
After the speeches, video lectures on “Nizami Ganjavi Heritage” by Professor Michael Barry of Princeton University and Professor Michael Feuer, Dean of the George Washington University on “Education and Economics” were heard.
At the end, UNEC presented plaques of gratitude to the organizers of the conference for their support.
The conference continued its work in section meetings. The section meetings of the conference, which will last until June 7, will feature presentations by about 700 participants from 34 countries in 66 sections, 444 and 65 in 16 workshops, and will discuss serious issues of special importance for our country.
The conference book will be placed in the catalogs of Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, Toronto, Chicago, Duke and other leading universities, as well as prestigious university and public libraries such as the Royal Danish Library, British Library and Bibliothèque nationale de France.