Unpad and UKM Held Online Indonesia-Malaysia Cultural Symposium

Reported by Arif Maulana

{Illustration photo]. The 2017 XV Indonesia-Malaysia Cultural Symposium (SKIM) was held at Grha Sanusi Hardjadinata Unpad, Bandung. (Tedi Yusup) *

[unpad.ac.id, 5/5/2020] Universitas Padjadjaran in collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) held the XVI Indonesia-Malaysia Cultural Symposium (SKIM), Tuesday (5/5). Unlike the previous events, SKIM XVI was held on line due to Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) which hit both countries.

Executive Committee SKIM XVI from Unpad Ida Widianingsih, Ph.D., said that the event is to discuss themes around exclusive social and inclusive issues in the industrial revolution era 4.0. A total of 93 papers consisting of 30 papers from Indonesian researchers and 63 papers from Malaysia were submitted to the symposium this year.

Because it was held virtually, most of the participants also sent presentation videos with a duration of 5-7 minutes. In addition, 8 speakers had the opportunity to present their papers at an on line meeting using the Zoom application, Tuesday (5/5).

This symposium was officially opened by YBhg Deputy Vice Rector of UKM. Prof. Dato’ Ir. Mohd. Hamdi Abd Shukor. In his remarks, Prof. Hamdi said that this symposium was a form of cooperation between UKM and Unpad which had been established since 1985.

“This is the first time this SKIM has met digitally, this brings its history,” said Prof. Hamdi

Prof. Hamdi stated, this year’s SKIM theme is highly relevant to current global conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic which is affecting most of the world today is increasing during the current social inclusiveness and exclusivity.

“With this uncertain global threat, such as inequality of rights, then increasing freedom of relations and conflict, we must seek help so that people can live better lives,” said Prof. Hamdi

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Meanwhile, Unpad Rector Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti stated, presenting technology opens new perspectives on collaboration to solve complex problems. A number of technological forces should be utilized in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Higher education can provide innovation and solutions for SDGs” the Rector said.

The Rector added that the results of the papers presented at the symposium were expected to be initial in-depth research collaborations between researchers from Unpad and UKM.

The SKIM XVI event presented keynote speakers the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sience of Unpad Dr. R. Widya Setiabudi Sumadinata and the researcher from the Faculty of Social and Political Sience of UKM, Assoc.Prof. Sity Daud.(dfa)*