AIESEC brings the world to Unimas during Global Village 2.0

Group photo after the event ended.

Group photo after the event ended.

Those looking to volunteer abroad through AIESEC’s Global Citizen Programme got the opportunity to do so during the organisation’s Global Village 2.0 programme held on Oct 16.

Approximately 1,148 students attended Global Village 2.0 organised by AIESEC held to expose students to world issues and the importance of peace. Held at the Experimental Theatre (ET) at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts (FACA), the event also helped enforce cultural understanding and awareness of leadership as the key solution to world issues.

There were many booths set up by various countries like Germany, France, Japan, Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand, China and Kyrgyzstan with local cuisine, photos, merchandise and exchange stories from exchange participants. There were also amazing dancing and singing performances from students of College Cempaka, College Bunga Raya (BRC), Indonesia, Japan, and Ghana.

AIESEC president Goh Kee Boon said that it took them about two months of planning. It was quite difficult to get the ET to hold the event as there were many procedures but she was grateful that Miss Dayang, an FSGK staff was really kind to let them use the theatre for their event.

Nehemiah Yap Jia Seng, 20, Cinematography student, felt that it was a good event as it brought everyone together.
Indonesian student Tengku Aufarazhari, 19, said this event was really incredible because he could learn more about other countries. This event offered him information such as education and the living costs of a certain country.

However, he did expect there to be more performances from other countries and he wanted to see a performance from Germany.

“I loved it,” said Tengku.

Melanie Chan, 22, a Cognitive Science student and former AIESEC member was very proud of AIESEC because the event had turned out really well.

She commented that she could see that everyone did a lot of hard work, promotion, marketing, time, and money to make the event successful. She said that it could be improved in terms of the flow and arrangement as the students just came in and not all were catered to.

Prof Madya of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Dr. Evan Lau Poh Hock hoped that the event could be held at a better venue.

“As a student, your job is to study and finish your degree but do not restrict or tie yourself with academics. You have to get out of your comfort zone and get more exposure, also more awareness of other cultures, and broaden your horizons,” said Dr. Evan, who is also AIESEC advisor.

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