Islamic University of Maldives (IUM) kicked off the International Conference on Intellectual Advancement (ICIA) 2019 on Saturday.
Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr Ahmed Zahir and Minister of Environment and Energy Dr Hussain Rasheed Hassan officiated the opening ceremony.
Speaking at the opening, Islamic Minister Zahir stated that the goal of the conference is to build a society eager to gain knowledge.
Vice-Chancellor of IUM Dr Zakariyya Moosa also spoke at the ceremony. He revealed that IUM is currently undergoing various administrative changes and that plans are underway to take the University to the next level.
"This conference will play a vital role in making these changes a reality".
With approximately 300 attendees, the conference will go on until September 2.
Participants are set to present 50 papers at the conference on topics such as psychology and mental health, curriculum and Islamic civilization, finance and Quranic science, Shariah and law, and politics and diplomacy.
Out of the total 50, 15 papers are to be presented by Maldivian scholars while the remaining 35 are presented by various scholars from South Asia.
ICIA provides an opportunity to discuss new issues, and discover the most recent research in all fields. This includes education, social sciences and humanities, and a multicultural atmosphere.
The conference was previously held annually under the title 'International Conference on Islamic Awakening', from 2016 till 2018.