Embracing Diversity: Sungkey @ The Square Unites UNIMAS Community in Joyous Ramadan Celebration

On the serene evening of 17 Ramadan 1445H, corresponding to 28 March 2024, the grounds of UNIMAS witnessed the vibrant celebration of Sungkey @ The Square, a cherished tradition eagerly awaited by the UNIMAS community during the holy month of Ramadan.

The essence of Sungkey, a Sarawakian term for breaking fast, transcended mere culinary indulgence as students and staff alike gathered at the Chancellory Bucida Square, each bearing a cornucopia of homemade and store-bought delicacies to share with friends and colleagues. The scene was a testament to the rich tapestry of cultures within the university, with hundreds of delectable dishes adorning the communal tables, inviting all to partake in the spirit of unity and camaraderie.

Under the sprawling Sarawak sunset sky, attendees assembled their own mats, creating a colorful mosaic of diversity as they sat together to enjoy the culinary delights and engage in heartfelt conversations. The ambiance was further enlivened by captivating performances from talented students, infusing the gathering with an infectious energy and joy.

What truly distinguished Sungkey @ The Square was the heartwarming display of inclusivity and solidarity. Regardless of race or religion, students and staff came together to share not only food but also laughter, stories, and cherished moments. The act of breaking fast together, amidst the harmonious blend of flavors and cultures, became a powerful symbol of unity and mutual respect.

As YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie, Chairman of UNIMAS, YBhg Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit, Vice-Chancellor of UNIMAS, and other board directors mingled with the attendees, the event blossomed into a celebration of diversity, fostering a sense of belonging and community among all present.

In a world often marred by division, Sungkey @ The Square served as a beacon of hope, reminding us of the transformative power of inclusivity and shared experiences. As the evening drew to a close, hearts were full, spirits lifted, and memories forged, leaving an indelible mark on the collective soul of the UNIMAS community. Truly, Sungkey @ The Square epitomized the beauty of cultural exchange and the joy of coming together as one family, united in faith and friendship.

UNIMAS – UIN KHAS Jember: Seminar Antarabangsa Merentasi Pulau Borneo dan Pulau Jawa

KOTA SAMARAHAN – Pada 1 November 2023, Fakulti Pendidikan, Bahasa dan Komunikasi, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) dengan bangganya menjadi tuan rumah kepada “Seminar Antarabangsa Merentasi Pulau Borneo dan Pulau Jawa.” Seminar ini adalah hasil daripada kerjasama erat antara UNIMAS dan Universiti Islam Negeri Kiai Haji Achmad Siddiq Jember (UIN KHAS).

Acara ini telah berjaya menarik penyertaan 40 orang pelajar pascasiswazah dari UNIMAS dan UIN Khas Jember. Mereka telah berjaya membentangkan hasil kajian masing-masing yang merangkumi pelbagai bidang ilmu termasuk Pendidikan Am, Pendidikan Islam, Pengajian Islam, Bahasa, Komunikasi, Linguistik, dan Pengurusan. Seminar ini menjadi medan yang membolehkan para peserta berkongsi pengetahuan dan pengalaman dari perspektif yang pelbagai, sekaligus memperkukuhkan hubungan akademik antara kedua-dua institusi.

Antara matlamat utama seminar ini adalah untuk memupuk kerjasama akademik yang kukuh antara UNIMAS dan UIN KHAS Jember. Ia juga bertujuan untuk mewujudkan platform yang membolehkan para pelajar pasca siswazah dan ahli akademik berkongsi pengetahuan, pengalaman, dan pandangan mereka dalam pelbagai bidang ilmu. Seminar ini juga merupakan lanjutan daripada Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) yang ditandatangani antara UNIMAS dan 40 Institut Agama Islam Negeri Indonesia pada bulan Julai yang lalu di Hotel Aston, Pontianak.

Dalam ucapan aluan, Profesor Dr. Ambigapathy Pandian, Dekan Fakulti Pendidikan, Bahasa Dan Komunikasi, menyatakan bahawa seminar ini akan menjadi medan yang produktif dan dinamik untuk pertukaran idea serta pengetahuan baharu dalam bidang ilmu masing-masing. Beliau juga menekankan bahawa seminar ini merupakan peluang terbaik kepada pelajar UNIMAS untuk memperluaskan rangkaian kerjasama yang dapat membawa hasil yang bermanfaat kepada kedua-dua universiti.

Seminar sehari ini turut dihadiri oleh Dr. Lailatul Usriyah, Pensyarah Pendidikan Guru Madrasah Ibtidaiyah dan Dr. Sofkhatin Khumaidah, Ketua Program Studi ‘Studi Islam’ dari UIN KHAS Jember.

PALBORNEO 2023 Conference and Sarawak-Malay Dewan Dictionary Launch

KOTA SAMARAHAN – The opening ceremony of the International Conference on Borneo Lexicology and Lexicography (PALBORNEO 2023) and the launch of the Sarawak-Malay Dewan Dictionary took place on 25 October 2023. The prestigious event was inaugurated by YB Datuk Hajah Rosey binti Haji Yunus, Deputy Minister of Women, Children, and Community Welfare Development (Women and Children Development, Sarawak), representing Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Openg.

This launch signifies a historic milestone for Sarawak, where 13,000 entries or vocabulary inputs are compiled as one Sarawak ethnic dictionary, the Sarawak-Malay Dewan Dictionary. The dictionary officially introduced to the market at the price of RM85. Some of the words included in the dictionary are ‘lengis,’ ‘merarau,’ and ‘lengak.’ This comprehensive dictionary, complete with example sentences for daily use, is seen as a step towards preserving the indigenous language. It is hoped that this initiative will enable the language to be learned collectively, ensuring it does not fade away amidst the currents of globalization.

Qadim Hub Hosts Book Writing Workshop

13 March 2024 – Kota Samarahan, Sarawak – Qadim Hub, in collaboration with the University Sustainability Centre at UNIMAS, is pleased to announce the successful hosting of the Book Writing Workshop. The workshop took place on 13th March 2024 at the Qadim Hub, University Sustainability Centre (USC), UNIMAS.

The workshop, led by Prof. Dr. Fitri Suraya Mohamad Hapni Joblie, Deputy Director of Institute of Borneo Studies (IPB), UNIMAS, served as a pivotal platform for 13 authors contributing to Qadim Hub’s upcoming book project. The participating authors were provided with valuable insights and guidance on various aspects of the book writing process.

The workshop activities included book proposal briefing, community research experience mapping, content brainstorming and draft writing.

The workshop fostered an environment of collaboration, learning, and creativity, empowering authors to effectively contribute to the collective narrative of participatory research and sustainable development in Sarawak.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Rafeah Wahi, Qadim Hub Coordinator commented, “It was truly inspiring to see the enthusiasm and dedication of the chapter authors in exploring the transformative potential of participatory research. This workshop marks a significant step towards realizing our vision of creating a comprehensive and impactful publication that amplifies the voices of communities in Sarawak.”

The organizers extend their sincere appreciation to all participants for their active engagement and contributions towards the success of the workshop.