Bridging Cultures: Highlights from the OIC-CA Seminar 2024 in Kuala Lumpur

Nurturing Dialogue, Inspiring Change in South East Asia and Beyond | by Sayd Haque

Kuala Lumpur, April 22, 2024 – The corridors of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) reverberated with echoes of cultural dialogue and shared understanding as the OIC-CA International Seminar 2024 unfolded its tapestry of insights and perspectives. With the theme "Cultivating Wisdom, Inspiring Excellence, and Shaping the Futures," the seminar brought together luminaries from across the globe to explore the intricacies of intercultural dynamics in South East Asia and beyond.

Celebrating Differences, Fostering Understanding

In her keynote address, the Head of Constitution of IIUM, Her Royal Highness Tengku Ampuan Pahang, emphasized the importance of celebrating diversity while recognizing our shared humanity. "We must go beyond mere coexistence," she urged, advocating for the weaving of threads of understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. Her Royal Highness underscored the pivotal role of education in bridging cultures, fostering curiosity, dispelling stereotypes, and forging lasting connections.

Bridging Cultures and Building Peace

Reflecting on the seminar's significance, the Rector of IIUM, Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, highlighted the university's commitment to upholding peace through education and community engagement. He stressed the importance of translating knowledge into action, echoing sentiments echoed by the Secretary General of OIC, His Excellency Ebrahim Hissein Taha. Taha emphasized the seminar's objective of harnessing cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as catalysts for peace, stability, and shared prosperity.

Insights and Collaborations

The seminar, attended by 250 participants from across the globe, featured thought-provoking discussions, keynote speeches, and paper presentations. Dr. Mohammad Mohiuddin, the Chairperson of the seminar, hailed it as a milestone in fostering tolerance, harmony, and peace. International delegations from prestigious institutions and organizations added depth to the dialogue, enriching discussions on topics ranging from cultural preservation to the role of education in fostering intercultural understanding.

Embracing Diversity, Inspiring Change

As the seminar progresses, it serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration, signaling a collective commitment to celebrating diversity and nurturing understanding. With each exchange of ideas, bridges are built, stereotypes are shattered, and friendships are forged, paving the way for a more harmonious and inclusive world.


The OIC-CA International Seminar 2024 stands as a testament to the power of dialogue, cooperation, and cultural exchange in shaping a brighter future. As delegates continue their deliberations, they carry with them the spirit of unity and the resolve to celebrate differences, foster understanding, and build a world where every voice is heard and valued.



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