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  • Writer's pictureNaim Ramin

CI in Action! Unity in Fraternity

Fraternity begins with creating a supportive environment where each members of an institution or organisation feel comfortable in expressing their concerns, seeking advice, and sharing their experiences in order to gain support within the community group. This can be achieved through programmes, social events, and collaborative study sessions.

On the 19th of May, 2023 we have conducted a cultural induction programme for Malaysian students that are interested in furthering their studies and career prospect in France.

It was a wonderful session and the students were all very much engaged and interactive with our presentation.

The Malaysian students that we've met in UniKL (Malaysia France Institute) come from diverse backgrounds, and thus the importance of building up the presence of fraternity among the students is needed in order to create a stronger motivation for them to study in a foreign environment.

It is also important to note that when we mention fraternity between the students, it only mean for them to group between themselves and not mingle around with the locals in France. Fraternity, or fraternité, is an essential principle of the French motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." It emphasizes unity, solidarity, and mutual support within society. Fraternity promotes a sense of community, empathy, and responsibility towards others. It encourages inclusivity, breaking down divisions, and working together for the greater good. It serves as a reminder of our interconnectedness and inspires acts of kindness, social justice, and a fair society for all.

The cultural induction helped the students understand the unique culture of the French and how to cope with certain lifestyle, cultural differences and particular ways of doing things that might seem normal for Malaysians but odd for the French. Questions such as whether or not they should open their shoes when entering a French household to a very serious question of religious practics over there in France. I have personally learned a lot myself attending the session as I am now much more aware of the importance of the cultural gap that exists between two nations and how it may or may not affect you personally, depending on whether or not you are well-prepared in handling certain situations that may be new to you.

To sum up, fraternity is essential to building a welcoming atmosphere for students at a foreign school or organisation. Fraternity aids people in feeling comfortable expressing their worries and receiving counsel within their group by encouraging unity, solidarity, and mutual support. The cultural immersion programme offered to Malaysian students interested in studying abroad is an illustration of how crucial it is to foster solidarity among students from various backgrounds. It aids in bridging the cultural divide, gets them ready for the peculiarities of French culture, and gives them the tools they need to deal with new circumstances. Fraternity recognition and acceptance improves their entire experience and fosters a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar environment.

Written by Naim Ramin


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