Opening of the Second International Scientific Conference “Heydar Aliyev: Ideology of Multiculturalism and Tolerance” at Azerbaijan University of Languages

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On May 6, 2019, the Second International Scientific Conference “Heydar Aliyev: Ideology of Multiculturalism and Tolerance” at Azerbaijan University of Languages opened at Azerbaijan University of Languages. It was devoted to the anniversary of 96th anniversary of the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev. Organization of the conference was supported by the New Azerbaijani Party.

Before the opening ceremony the administration of Azerbaijan University of Languages headed by its rector, academician, Honoured Man of Science Kamal Abdulla, participants of the conference and the guests put a wreath and fresh flowers in front of the bust of Heydar Aliyev, national leader of the Azerbaijani people.

 At the beginning of the conference the anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan and “Gaudeamus” anthem of the students were sounded.

Rector of Azerbaijan University of Languages academician Kamal Abdulla greeted the guests and said that the conference was participated by close friends from faraway countries. He said that the conference bore a figurative meaning and spoke of the first identical conference held last year.  He said that the sections of the Conference held discussions in 14 universities of 11 countries. He said that the issues of the conference will be discussed not only at the universities, but also at schools of the internally displaced persons. He noted that the scale of the conference is not limited with the study of the heritage of Heydar Aliyev, but it is also the demonstration of the care of the University for schools. He added that holding joint conferences leads to the expansion of relations and it helps the formation of the pupils of school as worthy citizens of Azerbaijan. He pointed out that multiculturalism in Azerbaijan has traversed a long and hard road with ups and downs: “Nevertheless, during the rule of our national leader the political foundations of multiculturalism were laid. In different official documents the laws connected with multicultural values, protection of the spiritual values of the peoples living in Azerbaijan, development of the language and literature found their reflection. Today that policy of multiculturalism is continued by the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev honourably and with dignity. Ilham Aliyev is the person who brought into the focus of attention the new model of the Azerbaijani multiculturalism. This model made the Azerbaijani multiculturalism popular in the world.  The Azerbaijani multiculturalism is taught in many universities of Europe. It means that the culture, literature, psychology, values and truth of Azerbaijan are taught in those countries. The topic of Heydar Aliyev and multicultural values is an inexhaustible topic. This topic has its past, present and future. And our conference had its past, present and future.

Günay Əfəndiyeva, president of the foundation of the Turkic Culture and Heritage, said that she was greatly pleased for taking part at the conference devoted to the 96th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev, national leader of the Azerbaijani people. She spoke about the services Heydar Aliyev in the acquisition of independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of his services in all the stages of the past. She said that the agenda of the conference is very actual for the world. She declared that the representatives of different religions, peoples live in conditions of mutual understanding and in the frames of respect to the historical traditions.

Professor Mübariz Qurbanlı, first deputy of the secretary of the executive committee of the New Azerbaijani Party, expressed his pleasure for taking part in the conference connected with the study of the heritage of Heydar Aliyev initiated by academician Kamal Abdulla. He said that the Conference was a positive initiative for the study of the heritage of Heydar Aliyev in scientific, spiritual and practical spheres. He said that it was our spiritual debt to teach the heritage of Heydar Aliyev, to convey it to broad masses. He added that multiculturalism occupies an important place among the ideas of Heydar Aliyev. He wished successes to the Conference.

Ceyran Mahmudva, rector of Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art, declared that everybody visually witnesses the multiculturalism and tolerance inherent to the Azerbaijani people. She said that the scholars of the foreign countries note the role Heydar Aliyev in the formation of the multicultural environment in Azerbaijan. She noted the importance of the Conference from the point of view of acquaintance of the students with the views of the foreign scholars. She added that the history of art in Azerbaijan forms the basis of multiculturalism. She expressed her convenience that the Conference will be useful and have numerous future repetitions.

Associate-professor of the chair of Slavic Philology Lyudmila Bezhenaru, professor of Belgrade University of Serbia Ema Milzhkovich, professor of the Urals Federal University of Russia Aleksandr Nesterov, first deputy Ambassador of Israil to Azerbaijan Avital Rosenberg, ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia to Azerbaijan Hüsan bey Faranj, cultural relations officer of the Embassy of France Iohan Shiterer wish successes to the Conference.

Vice-rector of Azerbaijan University of Languages on research issues associate professor Sevinc Zeynalova informed on the work of the conference. She said the the conference would continue its work in sections, in which actual issues would be discussed. She noted that the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary ambassadors of the USA and Hungary sent congratulatory letters to the Conference.

The Conference, which continued two days, conducted discussions in sections called “Heydar Aliyev and modern Azerbaijan”, “Heydar Aliyev’s idelogy of Azerbaijaniism and multiculturalism”, “Dialogue of religions and cultures in the globalising world”, “Present international relations and multiculturalism”, “Role of education in the formation of multicultural values”.

The section called “Heydar Aliyev and modern Azerbaijan” conducted its discussions in Complete Secondary School 112 for the internally displaced persons of the District of Cəbrail located in the District of Sabirabad, in Cocuq Mərcanlı village school named after N. Aslanov of the District of Cəbrail, in Complete Secondary School for the internally displaced persons of the District of Kəlbəcər located in the town of Gəncə, in Complete Secondary School 47 for the internally displaced persons of the District of Ağdam located in Mingəçevir, Ağdam Complete Secondary School 1 organized for the internally displaced persons in the town of Bərdə, Xocavənd Village Complete Secondary School of the District of Xocavənd for the internally displaced persons organized in the District of Ağcabədi and  in Nardaran Village School 295 of Baku.

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