The International Cultural Program (ICP) officially started on June 15, 2023. The opening ceremony was conducted at the hall of the Institute for Research and Community Service (Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Masyarakat). In the beginning the Head of the Committee, Jamaludin Fitrah Alam, Ph.D. presented a brief report of the ICP and followed by a remark from the Head of the International Office, Andi Masyitha Irwan, Ph.D. Last, a welcome statement from UNHAS Secretary, Prof. Sumbangan Baja, M.Phil. and he also officially opened the event.
In his opening speech, Prof. Sumbangan Baja said, “We are delighted to have such a diverse group of students joining us, representing different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Your presence enriches our academic community and creates a vibrant tapestry of ideas, perspectives, and experiences. Together, we form a global family committed to learning, understanding, and forging lasting connections.” Moreover, Prof. Sumbangan continued, “As we embark on this exciting journey together, it is essential to recognize the significance of this program. It goes beyond mere academic pursuits; it is an opportunity for personal growth, fostering intercultural competency, and embracing the values of inclusivity and empathy. By engaging with one another, we gain a deeper understanding of our shared humanity and appreciate the unique contributions each of us brings to the table.” After the opening, the participants joined the classroom lecture discussing what maritime cultures and had campus tours