The University of Bologna Awards the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar the Highest Academic Medal

  • | Tuesday, 16 October, 2018
The University of Bologna Awards the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar the Highest Academic Medal

     Prof. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and the President of the Muslim Council of Elders (MCE) was awarded, Monday, the highest Academic Medal from the University of Bologna, the oldest Italian university in Europe. The Medal is the University’s most prestigious decoration and has been awarded to a number of political and religious leaders, intellectuals and scientists.
In his speech during the ceremony, Prof. Francesco Ubertini, the President of the University of Bologna, applauded the efforts made by His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in promoting the values of peace and tolerance among all people of different religions and cultures, and hailed the several initiatives he had undertaken with the aim of opening channels for dialogue and communication between religious institutions around the globe.
Ubertini said that his University takes pride in honoring the Grand Imam as it continues to closely monitor his positions and initiatives that gain double importance amidst malicious attempts to hijack the religions and exploit them in promoting violence, destruction and terror among innocent people.  
Prof.  Alberto Milone, the Head of the Religious Research Institution in Bologna, noted that the Grand Imam is a role model of a moderate and open-minded religious leader who dedicates his life to countering the extremist thought, hatred and alienation, and who undertakes the clarification of the true teachings of religions that are based on tolerance, dialogue and acceptance of the other.
The Medal presented to the Grand Imam is the most prestigious honorary medal that could ever be presented by a university around the world. The University awarded the Medal to a number of high-profile dignitaries, including Pope John Paul II, the former Pope of Vatican; Romano Prodi, the former Prime Minister of Italy; Helmut Kohl, the former Chancellor of Germany; and Pope Francis, the Pope and of the Vatican to whom the Medal was awarded last year.
The University of Bologna, the second oldest University in Italy and the first to grant PhD degrees, has more than 100000 students studying at 23 different colleges across the Italian cities. The University also takes pride in some of its prominent graduates, such as three Popes of Vatican and a great number of politicians, intellectuals, and scientists in Italy w.


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