Universitas Hasnauddin Hosted the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research (ICMR) 2021

Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas), through the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, is hosting an international conference entitled” International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research (ICMR)” under the theme of “Implementing Knowledge and Research for Humanity and Environmental Sustainability”. The activity started at 08.00 WITA virtually through the zoom meeting application (16/01).

ICMR is an annual event jointly organized by the School of Distance Education (SDE) Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara (UISU), Universitas Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah), dan Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas).

This activity is a platform for researchers to share research results in various fields in order to improve a culture of research and collaboration between scholars and researchers both at the regional and international levels.

Several experts attended as keynote speakers, such as Prof. Dr. Leonard C. Sebastian (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Dr. Faridah Jaafar (Universiti Sains Malaysia). There were also some invited speakers, such as Dr. Ella Meilianda (Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia), Dr. H. Yanhar J., MAP (Universitas Islam Sumatra Utara, Indonesia), Dr. Do Hai Yen (Tan Trao University, Vietnam) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Thuanthong Krutchon (Thaksin University, Thailand).

Starting the activity, the Chairman of the Committee, Muh. Nasir Badu said that the implementation of ICMR was originally planned for 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the implementation was carried out in 2021. He also expressed his gratitude for the support of various parties, especially the Unhas leadership who gave full attention to ICMR.

This activity resulted in 156 papers being presented. The papers would then go through a review process to be published in the Scopus indexed journal. Nasir Badu also said that Thaksin University, Thailand has become a new member of the ICMR network since 2019.

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In his remarks, the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Prof. Dr. Armin, M.Sc., expressed his gratitude to all parties involved in making the ICMR 2021 a success. He expressed his happiness for the trust given to Unhas as the host. According to him, ICMR is a forum for sharing knowledge and thoughts from many researchers.

“Even though there is a change in schedule and it takes place virtually, I am sure that this activity still provides benefits and adds insight and collaboration network with various researchers, “explained Prof. Armin.

The ICMR activity was officially opened by the Unhas Rector, Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA. In her remarks, Prof. Dwia gave high appreciation for the implementation of a strategic conference involving many disciplines from various countries.

In the midst of a pandemic, the role of the university is needed. According to Prof. Dwia, various technological developments in the new normal era have encouraged researchers to make adjustments to generate innovations. This whole process requires shared thinking and ideas. Through this conference, Prof. Dwia hoped that synergy can be built to bring useful innovations.

“Of course we will always support activities like this. Moreover, the theme discussed is very strategic. This is a part of responding to Covid-19 and the new normal era in various activities carried out,” explained Prof. Dwia.

As the keynote speaker, Prof. Leonard expressed his views regarding the topic of “Covid-19 and the Protection of Human Resources: A View from Singapore”, which provides an overview of the response to the handling and management of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Singapore is experiencing two parallel waves of Covid-19 infections spreading from imported cases and local transmission. Most of the infected patients have mild symptoms. To anticipate a spike in the cases, Singapore utilized contact tracing and isolation protocols.

“In terms of economic and labour protection, the Singapore government prioritizes the aspects of the budget of unity, resilience, solidarity, and constancy. Singapore introduced a job support scheme for employers in retaining their employees,” explained Prof Leonard.

On the same occasion, Dr. Faridah as the second keynote speaker conveyed his views on “Exploring the Premiership and Foreign Policy Decisions in Malaysia: (1957-Present)”. She discusses the factors that influence foreign policy and reviews the development of Malaysian foreign policy from 1957 to the present time.

“Foreign policy is part of international relations. In general, it is interpreted as an action that aims to fulfil national interests. This comes from a political decision that includes individual or group considerations and collective action,” said Farida.

He concluded that foreign policy is a mutually exclusive understanding of the basics of foreign policy. The focus is on relations between countries and the role of the government in the implementation of foreign policy. The implications of non-governmental aspects and political culture through society and the system are equally important for formulating effective foreign policy.

The activity continued to presentation session from other sources and the participants were divided into several rooms zooms to present the collected papers. ICMR 2021 was scheduled to last until tomorrow (17/01). For the first day, the activity lasted until 17.00 WITA.


Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.

Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR

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