By Awwabin Zainuddin
PETALING JAYA, 18 December 2017 – Last Saturday (16 December), under the initiative of the Alumni Office of IIUM, the Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) IIUM had a farewell reunion in Petaling Jaya campus before its closure and handing over to Lembaga Kolej Islam Malaysia (LARKIM).
The event started from 9 a.m. with football tournament at the field, food stalls along the walkway, and international performances, and ended with a closing ceremony at 3 p.m.
The alumni who attended the reunion were those who studied foundation as well as bachelor and postgraduate degrees in that campus earlier. IIUM PJ used to be the main campus of IIUM before it moved to Gombak in stages starting from 1995 and later replaced by CFS IIUM.
The Deputy Rector (Academic and Planning), Prof. Dr. Isarji Hj Sarudin in his closing speech said, “The alumni are no longer here but their children are here and they continue to send their relatives and their children or their cousins because they love this university. They are here through assistance of our Malaysian government, or maybe through their own initiative.”
Dr. Isarji said that there will be more activities for the alumni next year. He expressed the hope for the Alumni Relations Division to continue to build relationship with the alumni wherever and whoever they are. He therefore expected the alumni to keep in touch with the Alumni office as well.
Meanwhile, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Che Amnah Bahari who is the director of Alumni Relation Division said, “The event is promising, you can see people coming in and out, and we don’t expect because the number of walk in is about 200 plus.”
Asked about her memory of CFS PJ campus, Dr. Amnah had this to say: “We’ve been studying here, this is where we fell down, this is where we woke up, and this is where we developed our spirituality and intellectually within ourselves, introspectively, developing our career, starting from us.” ***
*photo credited to the Alumni Office