A high powered delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran has paid a courtesy call on the Islamic University College, Ghana on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The three-man delegation was headed by Ayatullah Seyed Abolhassan Navab, Chancellor of the University of Religions and Denominations [URD]. He was accompanied by Dr. Seyed Mohammad Navab, Senior Lecturer at URD and Mr. Mohammad Javad Asadi, General Director, African Desk at Al-Mustafa International University MIU. The delegation was received by Dr. Mohsen Maarefi, President of the IUCG and a host of other senior members.
At a joint meeting held between the delegation and the leadership of the IUCG in the conference hall of the IUCG, the grand Ayatollah identified tolerance, respect, trust, truthfulness as some features that help in ensuring harmonious working relationship among staff in any institution. According to him, these traits guarantee institutional viability and efficiency.
He opined, “having a Christian been the Vice President of a Muslim-owned university and nearly half of its staff been Christians demonstrate a high level of religious tolerance and trust among staff”.
Expressing his admiration for the peaceful coexistence of the members of the University College, Seyed Abolhassan Navab declared, “As the chancellor of a university whose areas of specialty is religions and denominations, I find IUCG as an ideal university for other institutions to emulate from”. Touching on staff development, Sayyed Navvāb expressed URD’s preparedness to grant scholarship to IUCG staff interested in pursuing PhD programmes.
In his welcome address, Dr. Mohsen Maarefi thanked Ayatollah Seyed Abolhassan Navab for the visit. He also used the opportunity to enumerate possible grounds of scientific cooperation between IUCG and the URD. On his part, Dr. Nana Kobena G. Erbynn, Vice President (Academics) of the IUCG expressed Ghana’s profound gratitude to MIU for establishing the IUCG, stating, “The IUCG was established at the right time when Ghanaians needed it the most.”
The delegation as part of its efforts to build solidarity with the Ghanaian Muslim ummah as well as enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest between Iran and Ghana, also paid a courtesy call on Dr. Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam and Sheikh Abubakar Kamaludden, the Shia National Imam.