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The MoU signing of 116 Universities worldwide in field of Buddhist Studies
Date17/09/2008   Counter : 10369 time
14th September, 2008, MCU Main Campus, Wang Noi, Ayutthaya, Thailand, it was the Most Venerable Professor Dr. Phra Dharmakosajarn, rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU) as the President of IABU who said about the outcome of MoU signing jointed by the collabration of 116 universities worldwide at The First Summit of the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU) and International Conference on Buddhism and Ethics that this event was collaborated by 30 worldwide countries with Buddhist Studies including Thai educational institutes.

Universities and colleges in this conference have agreements to sign MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for co-education under IABU and MoU of 116 Insititutions. Moreover there are separated MoU signing among universities and colleges in 4 items as follows:

Resolution 1. Both 116 universitis and colleges, has signed a MoU of IABU under 3 points as follows:
1.1 The collaboration of academic betterment such as the curriculum in Buddhist universities must be distinct from the secular universities and must study the approach for preserving the identity of academic Buddhist studies and the educational freedom in accordance with the supervision of the excutive committee of IABU accordingly.
1.2 The establishment of the committee as a middleman who determines the exchange of academy, teachers, and students in order for collaboration of working on research and the academic seminar. This conference is regarded as an achievement of works presentation, administration and promotion of the academic symposium. International academic seminar will take place next United Nations Day of Interanational Vesak Celebrations (UNDV) in the year 2009 hosted by IABU.
1.3 It was a great number of the universities which attended this conference. Countries with wealthy economy, and budget would assist the needy countries with poor budget in order for the improvment of academy in Buddhist Universities. Meeting agreed to set up the budget to support and to have committee in mobilizing asset.

Resolution 2. signing of MoU in terms of researches and academics in collaboration with Buddhist universities: mainly in Thailand MCU, MBU in collaboration with other 25 secular Universities where Buddhist Studies being taught in producing Buddhist Scholars for the progress of Buddhist Studies in Thailand.

Resolution 3. Universities in the region of the basins of the Mae-khong e.g. Thai, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar and Vietnam, 10 universities with Buddhist Studies from five Universities agreed to collaborately work in terms of researches, seminar and arrange curriculum on Buddhism and form an association for the benefits of the region in cooperation.

Resolution 4. MoU signing in the international biliteral level between Nalanda University of India and Buddhist University in Brazil, between Nalanda-Brazil and Buddhist Institution of Somaiya, Bombay, India.

The Most Ven. Prof. Dr. Phra Dhammakosajarn added that this summit and international conference brought about signing of MoU in both regional and international level. This would help encourage collaboration from minor groups of countries and also help utilize its human resources worthily and help saving budget and time. It is believed that this was a historical event and new recording in developing academy of world Buddhism. Participants expected to have Buddhists worldwide educated in new dimension of Buddhist studies and Thailand was benefited from academics, scholars and Buddhist leaders for the new dimension of Buddhist studies in Thailand as well.

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