The Closing Session of the Multiversity International Conference on Decolonising Our Universities held in Penang, Malaysia, 27-29 June 2011 under the auspices of Universiti Sains Malaysia and Citizens International. The conference brought together scholars, activists, students and journalists from Africa, Asia, the Mideast and elsewhere to address the problem of Eurocentrism in the universities of the Global South, and to explore alternatives and pathways of resistance.
Sensitively chaired by Anwar Fazal of the Right Livelihood College in Penang, the Closing Session began with responses to the conference themes from the student participants, after which he solicited from all of the conference participants committments for specific actions and contributions they were willing to make to further the goals of Multiversity and to nurture and bring to fruition some of the seeds planted during the three days of this momentous event.
The conference was concluded with speeches by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Vice Cancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia, who offered perspectives on what it means to run a university today, S. M. Mohamed Idris, Chairperson of Citizens International, who warned of the dangers of adopting not only curricula but also lifestyles from the Global North, and Asghar Zarei, Advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education in Iran, who suggested that the ascendency of India and China and other nations were indications of a brilliant future for the Global South.
Further details about the conference, participants and papers are available at:
Short clips from the conference can be viewed on the TV Multiversity channel at YouTube:
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