Guest Lecture of International Relations Department University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), on Wednesday (5/26) discussed about the Asian Values in Identity Formation of ASEAN Community. A lecturer of the College of Law, Government and International Studies, University of Northern Malaysia, A. Hara Eby, MA, Ph.D. was invited to that event.
"This guest lecture is a continual socialization which had ever been held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UMM several time ago," said the Chief of International Relations department, Dyah Estu Kurniawati, S. Sos, M. Si. The department previously held a guest lecture and invited a State Department official as the speaker with the same theme.
According to Eby, the ASEAN identity was an idea that was created after the formation of three main pillars. Those included the Security and Politic Community, the Economic Community, and the Socio-Cultural Community. "ASEAN itself needs to renew, eliminates the elite impression that has been lasting for a long time. Through various activities, ASEAN began to socialize to the whole society. It was started from the increasing of knowledge in academic circles," Eby said, who was graduated from Australian National University.
He added that the establishment of the ASEAN Identity was very important to be understood by the whole society, especially in Indonesia. It was important considering Indonesia as the largest country, both in terms of area and population which of course would have a major impact. Besides, many people in Indonesia and other ASEAN member countries have not really yet understand about the community purposes and functions.
The Guest Lecture was expected by the academicians. It was proved by the large number of participants. They were the students of International Relations, teachers, and also students of SMA Muhammadiyah I Malang. "There are more than 150 people who come, but we have very limited capacity," said the department secretary, Tony D. Effendy, M. Si.
Furthermore, Tony explained, the department of International Relations has established the current Southeast Asian studies. It was done by extending the Center of East Asian studies (CEAS), which first was focused on four countries (Japan, China, South Korea, and North Korea) to 14 countries, including the ASEAN member countries. Besides, the department also has the center of other studies such as the Middle East Studies and the Study of Intermestik (International-Domestic). (trs/nas/t_ris)