AIT holds online event to celebrate its third anniversary
Azerbaijan Institute of Theology (AIT) held an online event dedicated to the third anniversary of its establishment.
AIT rector Agil Shirinov made an opening speech at the event and informed the participants about the three-year activity of the Institute. A.Shirinov noted that due to the global pandemic, according to the relevant orders of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the teaching process in the country was postponed since March 2020 and the classes were organized online. The rector also noted that the Institute has joined the Microsoft Teams platform for this purpose. He stressed that the training on the platform was organized in accordance with the schedule, and the winter exam session continued successfully. He also noted that the Institute organizes various courses for students to improve them as highly qualified specialists. Currently, courses on reading classical Arabic texts and improving 4 language skills in English are offered. Moreover, various competitions are held and the participation of our students in these events is provided.
A. Shirinov also mentioned the projects that will be launched after the pandemic period and expressed his approval of the Institute’s combined effort to organize the activities more effectively.
The AIT rector stressed that besides teaching, the Institute carried out considerable work in the field of research. He noted that the Institute publishes its academic journal biannually and research works of the teachers throughout the year. Many of these works are examples of new research.
Emphasizing that special attention is paid to the further improvement of education at the institute, A. Shirinov noted that the Institute established relations with various leading foreign universities.
Speaking about the three-year activity of the Institute of Theology, established in the structure of the former Faculty of Theology of BSU, A. Shirinov said that the late academician Vasim Mammadaliyev is always remembered with gratitude.
MP Jeyhun Mammadov spoke about the existing state-religion relations in Azerbaijan. He stressed that Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, attaches special importance to this field. He noted that the Azerbaijan Institute of Theology successfully continues its activities. The institute has a completely transparent environment and with no negative cases. The MP also expressed his approval of the activities of the Institute as a research institution. He noted that the Institute should combine its efforts to provide stronger education and train graduates as highly qualified specialists.
Gunduz Ismayilov, Deputy Chairman of the The State Committee on Religious Associations, congratulated the Institute staff on the productive three-year activity. He said that the establishment of AIT is of special importance in terms of state-religion relations, protection of national and spiritual values, training of highly qualified specialists in the field of religious education in our country. The Deputy Chairman spoke highly of the three-year activity of the Institute. He noted that in a short period of time, the Institute has been recognized in a positive way. G.Ismayilov stressed the importance of accepting applicants who want to master their specialties and become religious figures in the future.
Fuad Nurullayev, Deputy Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office, said that we celebrate the three-year activity of the Institute as citizens of the victorious country. Emphasizing that Islam attaches great importance to science and knowledge, F.Nurullayev stressed that the first verse of the Qur'an beginsn with the command “Read”. Highly appreciating the current activity of the Institute as an educational center, the deputy chairman wished the staff success in its activities. F.Nurullayev also paid tribute to the memory of the former dean of the Faculty of Theology of BSU, the late academician Vasim Mammadaliyev, and mentioned the contribution of persons to the establishment of the Institute trained by him during the three-year activity of the Institute.
Mehman Ismayilov, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Propagation of Moral Values, also congratulated the staff on the three-year activity and wished AIT staff success in their future activities. M.Ismayilov said that the establishment of AIT is one of the important decisions in terms of protecting our religious and spiritual values.
It should be noted that Azerbaijan Institute of Theology (AIT) was established by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev’s Decree dated February 9, 2018, under the State Committee on Religious Associations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.