By Qamarina Razali
GOMBAK, 5 October 2019 – The border between Malaysia and Indonesia was described as an “artificial division” by IIUM Rector, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak.
In his closing ceremony speech of the Indonesian Day 2019 on Friday (4 October), the Rector described internationalisation, which is one of the missions of IIUM, as not only being about the absence of borders between people with different nationalities, but also emphasised on living with each other as one ummah.
The IIUM Rector highlighted the importance of learning and understanding the dissimilarities between various cultures so that a community can strive to achieve a more harmonious life together.
Organised by Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia IIUM (PPI-IIUM), the Indonesian Day 2019 successfully ended its nine days of sharing the diversity of the Indonesian cultures by showcasing cultural performances at the Main Auditorium in campus here.
In his speech, the Rector also encouraged more foreign students to join this kind of event in the upcoming years, as it would give them the opportunity to acquire knowledge of others’ cultures, which makes this university international.
Meanwhile, the Cultural and Education Attaché of the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur, Agung Cahaya Sumirat, who also attended the closing ceremony, stressed the significance of polishing social skills among the Indonesian students.
He said that being in social environment requires every student to enhance their soft skills when engaging with one another. ***