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OAS and ADA University of Azerbaijan Sign Cooperation Agreement on Education and Human Development

  November 4, 2014

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) today signed an agreement with ADA University of Azerbaijan that seeks to strengthen education and human development in the Americas and in Azerbaijan through scholarship programs, the exchange of students and teachers between the ADA University and universities in the OAS member states, and participation in research projects, conferences and cultural programs.

The document was signed by the OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Sherry Tross, on behalf of the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, and the Rector of ADA University, Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev, at an event held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, which was introduced by the OAS Secretary for External Relations, Alfonso Quiñonez. Ambassador Quiñonez expressed the importance the Organization assigns to this type of agreements "as they provide a framework for cooperation and coordination of activities with clear priorities and focused on goals." The agreement with the educational institution in Azerbaijan, he said, "increases the linkages and further understanding between our peoples" and "is part of the importance we place on our relationships with observer countries, given the richness that their perspective brings to the Inter-American agenda."

For his part, Ambassador Pashayev recalled the importance his country attaches to its relations with the countries of the Americas and highlighted the international vision that characterizes the institution he leads. "We are an educational entity that seeks to provide a broad cultural wealth accomplished through the participation of students from various countries. This agreement represents an opportunity to attract more students from this part of the world and to let us be known as an institution dedicated to preparing innovative leaders and promoting useful and collaborative research."

The OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Sherry Tross, welcomed the opportunity to work more closely with the university of the Eurasian country "to offer opportunities for students across the Americas to improve their lives and their environment." She recalled that the OAS "sees human development and education as absolutely central components for sustainable and inclusive development to be able to transform a large number of our citizens." Cooperation is central to achieving the objectives of the OAS, she added, because "to the extent that we have partners, not only in the Americas but also outside, that are aligned with us in terms of the goals and objectives, that will give us the power to multiply the impact and reach more people, which is an asset for us, for you and for the people of our region," she said.

Located in Baku, ADA University began as the training institute to meet the needs of the Foreign Service of Azerbaijan and later became an educational center with several schools offering both graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

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Reference: E-477/14