Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad bin Abd Razak said, “The university goes global its students and staff are taking more interest to understand and adapt to other culture from around the world. This exposure to diversity will help the university students to nurture a global mindset.”
CUCMS Students Celebrate Diversity at Cyberjaya Campus
Maya Angelou, the poet was once quoted, saying, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is a strength.”
To harness this strength, CUCMS recently launched the students’ Cultural Club to welcome international students and celebrate the diversity in the university. This positive initiative that took place on 29th March 2017 sought to provide our international students and lecturers a better understanding of the local Malaysian culture while providing Malaysian students a greater exposure to other international cultures. At the launch, both international and local students demonstrated various cultural dance with very creative costumes reflecting each culture.
The very next day the CUCMS’ Psychology Club led the campaign by hosting a Cultural Day and it was graced by Mr. Mohamad Shahril Amer, Chairman of Sepang Youth Council. The event was a collaboration between the Psychology Club, Cultural Club, Student Council, Kelab ‘I’ CUCMS and students from the Biomedical Engineering Technology programme.
CUCMS’ President, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad bin Abd Razak mentioned in his speech at the launch ceremony that as the university goes global its students and staff are taking more interest to understand and adapt to other culture from around the world. This exposure to diversity will help the university students to nurture a global mindset.
The Cultural Day celebration featured various performances, exhibitions, food stalls and information booth on the various countries. The performances shown include joget Melayu, silat (Malay martial art), classical Indian dance and a special international students’ skit on diversity. Students and staff alike were treated to all kinds of delicacies from Javanese food to Syrian sweets and even Thai tidbits. There was also a Yemeni’s coffee kiosk that served refreshing beverages for free on the day.
Shayma Aboras, a Yemeni student enrolled in the Foundation in Allied Science programme explained about her home country at the exhibition. He described how Yemen consist of twenty-two states that each has a unique cultural dress of their own that is worn during special occasions such as weddings.
Dima Mohammed Ahmed, an Iraqi student enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering Technology programme presented several historical statues found in Iraq and shared the fascinating stories behind each landmark.
Students and staff interview were delighted with the experience during the first Cultural Day celebration and many expressed an excitement for the future events that will be rolled out throughout the year.
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