Celebrating cross-cultural influences

Students visiting the cultural booths at UTAR’s International Day.

SOME 200 visitors attended the inaugural Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) International Day at its Kampar campus.

Jointly organised by the university’s Community and International Networking Division and several other departments, the event was held to foster ties between its international and local students.

During the event held earlier this month, visitors got to visit eight international booths that featured the art and culture

of the respective countries, including traditional clothes, food, games and musical instruments.

The countries which took part included the Philippines, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea.

Enriching talks about cross-cultural awareness and exchange were also held during the event.

In his opening speech, division director Assoc Prof Dr Lai Soon Onn said isolation from the rest of the world was no longer an option.

“Cross-cultural influences cannot be avoided.

“At UTAR, we have responded to globalisation by making internationalisation a key element in our strategies,” he said, adding that globalisation also offered opportunities to expand the education missions.

“Our ultimate objective of internationalisation is to benefit our students by providing them with a global learning experience.

“With the incoming international students to the campus, we are creating an environment that facilitates both cultural and academic exchange,” he added.

A visitor to the fair, Chan Mei Yi, said she was delighted to see the positive energy and happiness shown by both international and local students in promoting cultural diversity.

“It is exciting to be here today and this engagement will always remain unique as I see different people from various cultural backgrounds come together to promote a sense of peace and love,” she said.

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