Chancellor Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah launched the Chancellorâ€™s Lecture Series, Â Â an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue (C4D) of Wawasan Open University, at the main campus today.
Tun Dzaiddin congratulated the University for establishing the C4D and for organising the inaugural public lecture on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
Vice Chancellor Prof Datoâ€™ Dr Ho Sinn Chye said the C4D operates under the umbrella of WOUâ€™s Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI), and is fully supported by the Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF).
â€śThe mission of the Centre isÂ to promote greater understanding of different viewpoints especially on contemporary issues that are confronting Malaysians across all walks of life. C4D isÂ to lead in addressing critical issues that impact the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of our communities. It uses dialogue to generate non-partisan and constructive communication around difficult topics,â€ť he added in his opening remarks.
He explained that theÂ late Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik mooted the idea for the Centre during his tenure as WOU Council Chairman to support â€śopen, free dialogues that can provide feedback to leaders to help deal with issues that confront the peopleâ€ť.
Prof Ho stressed that it is important to â€śconstantly engage people, both the young and old, and offer them a platform or outlet for participating in discussions, debates and dialogues in a formal, honest and diplomatic fashion. The desired goal is to build a higher level of thinking and understanding between the Government and corporate, intellectual and academic opinion makers.â€ť