On December 5th, 2015, MUSIAD’s (Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association) 1st International Young Businessmen Congress convened to discuss “Renewal Not Innovation” in Ankara, Turkey.
One of the leading ambassadors of Genc MUSIAD, Samed Murat.
Founded in 1990, MUSIAD is a NGO which seeks to deliver a “platform for development-dialogue-cooperation and solidarity” created for the purpose of contributing to the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific and technological development of individuals and institutions, in national, regional and wider Turkish society, as well as the world.
This year’s MUSIAD congress featured an array of participants including specialists, local and overseas prominent businesspersons and academics.
Speakers such as Professor Ensar Gül,
Speakers exchanged ideas of social,
President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu delivers his speech.
In his talk entitled “Inspiring a Knowledge Based Society in Turkey”, Professor Salim Al-Hassani addressed the key challenges involved in the building of a scientific and technological knowledge vibrant society. Professor Al-Hassani stated how the greatest asset of any progressive thinking society is its youth as they are the future leaders. What is more, that it is crucial to understand how they can be motivated and enthused so that their aspirations resonate with the vision of current leadership. To achieve this effectively in Turkey, Professor Al-Hassani holds that there is a need to look afresh at the past, to re-perceive it and learn from it. In addition that we consider the numerous exemplary role models, men and women of different faiths and cultures, who built upon the achievements of previous civilisations and developed thousands of new and beneficial scientific inventions. They transformed not only their world in terms of science, technology, medicine, architecture, art, business and education, but continue to positively impact on ours today.
Professor Salim Al-Hassani delivers his speech, “Inspiring a Knowledge Based Society in Turkey”.
Professor Al-Hassani concluded that a principal feature of this approach could be the introduction of an improved supportive educational environment, where the curriculum is enriched so it recognises scientific contributions of all cultures (including Turkish, Arab, Persian, Chinese and Indian); a feature that is unfortunately missing from existing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses in schools and universities, as they tend to be predominantly Western centric causing or reinforcing superiority complexes in some cultures and inferiority complexes in others.
Audience members pose questions for the speakers.