Celebrating Multicultural |

Celebrating Multicultural

KDU Penang School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts annual International Day celebration was successfully organised on 25 and 26 September 2014.

In recognising and respecting the diversity of our community around the world, the 2 day International Day was an event co-organised by the Year 2 and Year 3 students pursuing the IMI Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme to provide knowledge and create understanding about the multicultural from different parts of the globe.

This year, the event was sponsored and supported by Malaysia Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Education (Mycenthe) as part of the CSR activities to link the local and the international community where students from local secondary schools were involved in the event as audience and to educate them about international cultures.

The foyer of KDU was filled with aromatic coffee on the first day of the event, whereby cafes including Bed & Lounge Café, Caffeine Chemistry and TWG Tea Company showcased various coffee and tea culture around the world. Themed “Coffee and Tea Festival – Sip and Savour”, there were also sampling of coffee and tea on-the-go for visitors to sip and savour while learning the popular coffee arts through a workshop conducted by the Gold Choice Barista Café and Academy.

On the second day, the KDU foyer was turned into a cultural hall where 20 booths were set up to exhibit different countries’ unique products as well as their favourite delicacies and tourist attractions. To befit the occasion with its theme “Explore the World, Experience the Culture”, various cultural performances was presented throughout the day including a fashion show parading the stunning traditional wedding costumes of different countries.

Ms Malathy Ramachandran, the president of the event, of the IMI Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme explained that there were showcase of cultural items from China, India, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, France, Arab, Switzerland, Pakistan, Italy, Germany, Iran, UK, USA, Spain and Scotland at the country booths and she was thankful that many embassies have been supportive in making the event even merrier namely Consul General of Japan, Consulate of Indonesia, Swiss Embassy, Consulate of Thailand, Malaysia German Society and Alliance Francaise. 

Ms Nozomi Hidaka, the vice president of the event was glad that she had the opportunity to organise an event of such scale. She highlighted that the international day is planned to be informative, educational yet interactive and entertaining through various activities such as games, cooking, handicrafts as well as music and dance.  Visitors especially the KDU community get to “travelled” around 20 countries and learned more about the cultures in just 6 hours!   

KDU lecturer and Advisor of the event, Ms Aishah Sulaiman commented that, “It was an opportunity to instil leadership and team work among students. Of course, most importantly to encourage intercultural exchange and emphasise the importance of understanding global cultures and treasuring their essence.”