APEX University needs to find balance between science and arts

PENANG, 6 May: A premier university not only needs to be recognized for its scientific excellence but also as a treasure house for art and cultural heritage. In this way, there won’t be a divide between these two fields.

FOSSIL… Zawawi examining a fossil that was exhibited at the carnival.

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. M. Zawawi Ismail, Chairman of the University Board of Directors said that if fragmentation or knowledge divide occurs between these two fields, then the university too will also be divided along these lines, where life calls for people to experience the diversity that exists.

“The different forms of knowledge are interrelated, interlinked, interdependent and synergistic with one another. Science per se, without the contribution of the arts, culture and heritage will not provide a comprehensive perspective in facing reality, what more in developing a profile of man and society that is prosperous,” he said during the launching of the ‘Karnival Sains Bestari Sains & Seni 2010’ today.

The 'Karnival Sains Bestari Sains & Seni 2010’ today, now into its third year is organized by the Tuanku Fauziah Museum & Art Gallery (MGTF) which has targeted more than 20 000 visitors nation-wide.

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. M. Zawawi added that the carnival exemplifies the practice of the university which not only unites the sciences and the arts but has also turned the carnival into a medium for educating the community directly.

“The delivery of knowledge in the arts and sciences can be simplified through creative and innovative presentations. Presenting facts and details about the sciences as well as the finer aspects of the arts that in an interesting and captivating manner will create an atmosphere that stimulates the mind so that these two areas will be better appreciated. This in turn can give knowledge to the community, just like what this carnival attempts to do,” he added.

Also present at the event were Dato’ Mohd Nor bin Khalid SAC II; Wan Abdullah Tuanku Said, Head of the Crime Investigation Department, Police Contingent, Penang and En. Hasnul Jamal Saidon, Director of MGTF.

Published: 10 May 2010

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