Contributor: Hamad Shoukat | Editor: Supriyono
UIII.AC.ID, DEPOK - The International Student Association (ISA) at Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) arranged a spellbinding New Year's celebration on December 31, 2023, transcending mere celebration to become a vibrant homage to unity in diversity. Held at the outdoor area of UIII’s Faculty B, students from diverse faculties, both local and international, converged in a harmonious fusion of cultures, creating an atmosphere that resonated with cultural vibrancy and joy.
Energetic beats of Pakistani, African, Afghan, Arabic, Mexican, Timorese, Pashto, Punjabi, and Moroccan melodies reverberated through the air, transforming the venue into a living, breathing dance floor. A global playlist curated by the ISA became the heartbeat of the night, drawing students into rhythms that seamlessly blended the sounds of nations.
Even the renowned students of the nearby University of Indonesia (UI)—also located in Depok Coty, namely Fatima and Ayesha, added their notes to this cultural symphony, further enriching the diversity.
Within the laughter and dance, the tantalizing aroma of barbeque wafted through the air, enticing taste buds with its smoky allure. The feast, a culinary odyssey, featured not only the savory delights of barbeque but also a diverse spread of soft drinks, traditional teas, and the simple comfort of corns. Each bite became a passport to a different corner of the world, adding layers of flavor to this international culinary expedition.
However, beyond the surface revelry, the event carried a deeper purpose – a profound testament to UIII and the ISA's unwavering promise to champion equality, diversity, tolerance, and the spirit of friendship. In this event, every culture found not just acceptance but a cherished place within the vibrant assortment of unity.
As the night unfolded, students gathered around not just to savor the flavors but to exchange stories, share laughter, and build connections that transcended cultural nuances. The barbeque, with its smoky tendrils, became a metaphor for the intertwining threads of different cultures, creating a sense that was both intricate and beautiful.
Beyond the festive ambiance and the array of flavors, the event was a manifestation of UIII's commitment to fostering an inclusive educational environment. The ISA's tireless efforts to weave cultural awareness into the fabric of the university were evident, encouraging students to view diversity not as a challenge but as an opportunity for enrichment.
In essence, the New Year's event at UIII, meticulously curated by the ISA, evolved into more than a celebration; it became a testament to the transformative power of cultural exchange. As the night gracefully embraced its finale, it etched indelible memories, a vibrant reminder that UIII, guided by its dedicated staff, remains the nurturing ground for an educational experience that celebrates differences, fosters friendships, and stands as a beacon of global connectedness.