To Monday 09 April 2018 - 05:00pm
4th April 2018 : The Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) led by its Director-General YBhg Datuk Sadik Kethergany paid a courtesy call to UNIMAS Vice Chancellor YBhg Datuk Professor Mohamad Kadim Suaidi today.
One of the main agendas for the visit is to discuss future collaboration between IDFR and UNIMAS. The Institute, which was established in 1991 and initially act as the training arm of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on matters related to diplomacy and international relations, is keen to work closely with UNIMAS in the areas of student internship, staff training and capacity building.
Such collaboration, when materializes, are expected to benefit UNIMAS, particularly the students from the International Relations Programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH). According to the Dean of FSSH, Associate Professor Dr Neilson Ilan Mersat, there are approximately 300 students in the International Relations Programme at FSSH at present.
The courtesy visit was later followed by an interaction session between Datuk Sadik and the students from the International Relations Programme. Apart from sharing his experiences working as a diplomat abroad, Datuk Sadik also explained the roles of the IDFR in training and grooming the country’s future diplomats.
The other members of the IDFR delegation include Mr Zakaria Nasir, Director of Competency Enhancement Centre and Mr Raja Saifful Ridzuwan, Deputy Director of Special Project. UNIMAS officials to meet with the delegation were Associate Professor Dr Abang Ekhsan, Director of UNIMAS Global, Associate Professor Dr Neilson Ilan Mersat, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dr Arnold Puyok, Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate, Dr Kamsiah Ali, Deputy Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Dr Regina Garai Abdullah, Deputy Director of UNIMAS Global and Puan Elizabeth Nyadang, Senior Assistant Registrar.
The IDFR and UNIMAS are expected to sign a MOU soon to formalise the strategic collaboration between the two institution.