• Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (UMCCD)
  • dialog@um.edu.my
  • +60379675697

For the first time in human history, civilisations, cultures, and groups are compelled to relate to one another on a constant and continuous basis. Yet mutual ignorance exacerbated by mutual suspicion and hostility inhibits them from establishing ties that endure and flourish. Sadly, communal violence has become the bane of humankind at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. It is the magnitude of violence among different groups in a situation where societies everywhere are becoming multi-cultural that underscores the importance of intercommunity, intercultural, and intercivilisational dialogue. Dialogue and mutual understandings are the prerequisites for building just and equitable relations between cultures and civilisations. Intercultural communication and civilisational dialogue could help strengthen relationship and improve understanding regarding the fundamental principles and practices that distinguish the various communities. It is important to understand these civilisational differences just as it is important to take cognizance of the affinities that exist between civilisations - especially in the context of the globalisation process. It is only when both the similarities and the differences between civilisations are celebrated can a truly just, humane, and compassionate world civilisation evolve. Similarly, as Asia undergoes rapid economic and social transformation, the thinking segments of societies are beginning to realise that growth and prosperity would be meaningless unless founded upon and shaped by universal spiritual and moral values as those being taught by all beliefs that lie at the heart of great civilisations which were all conceived in the womb of Asia. Therefore, if Asia wants to remain true to its multi-religious and multi-cultural civilisational heritage, it should not hesitate to incorporate spiritual and moral values into its development process through inter-civilisational dialogue.

Being a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional grouping, Malaysia will seek to establish its own identity and promote its own interests within the larger Asian and world community with the other member nations. It is hoped that the shared values derived through inter-civilisational dialogue will help mould the ASEAN identity of tomorrow. Malaysia is indeed a nation where civilisations come together. Perhaps no other nation exists on earth where substantial numbers of Buddhists, Christians, Confucianists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Taoists live together in peace and harmony. Equally remarkable is that these civilisational communities have for decades been exposed to, and have interacted with the Western civilisation. Since such civilisations come together in such a significant manner, they should be encouraged to dialogue with one another. It is through inter-civilisational dialogue and intercultural communication that Malaysia seeks to strengthen the sinews of national unity and national integration. Needless to say, unity among the different communities is fundamental to the nation's survival. That is why Malaysia views inter-civilisational dialogue as crucial to its very existence. It is against this backdrop that the Universiti Malaya (UM) made its pioneering attempt to initiate an inter-civilisational dialogue between Islam and Confucianism on the 13-14 March 1996. Following the success of its first endeavor, the University organized a second inter-civilisational dialogue between Islam, Japan, and the West on the 2-4 September 1996. As one of the nation's major universities, it is altogether appropriate that the University of Malaya should be at the forefront of this exciting enterprise. After these two major international conferences and several other national programs on civilisational dialogue and as proposed by the Minister of Entrepreneur Development, YB Datuk Mustapa Mohammed during the closing ceremony of the 2nd inter-civilisaitonal dialogue, the University felt that the time was ripe to institutionalise the idea. Towards this end, Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Osman Bakar who was the founding father of UMCCD during his tenure as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), UM, decided to establish the Universiti Malaya Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (UMCCD) which aims to undertake various programs and activities in furtherance of its mission.

On November 13th, 1996, UMCCD was established and celebrated the installation of its first Director, Professor Dr. Chandra Muzaffar on March 1st, 1997.

Currently, Professor Datuk Dr. Azizan Baharuddin was appointed as the 8th Director of UMCCD on November 1st, 2021.





No. Name Appointed End of time in post
1 Dr. Asmawati Muhamad (Deputy Director) Oct 2022 Current
2 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zul Ilham Zulkiflee Lubes (Deputy Director) Mac 2022 June 2022
3 Nur Lisa Mohd Yusoff (Project Officer (Publications)) Feb 2022 Current
4 Ahmad Mohamad (Project Officer (Programs)) Jan 2022 Current
5 Chang Lee Wei (Senior Research Officer) Nov 2021 Current
6 Norzaliza Zainal Abidin (Senior Administrative Assistant) April 2021 Current
7 Ghoni Awalludin (Project Officer) Feb 2021 Jan 2022
8 Dr. Alwani Ghazali (Deputy Director) Mac 2020 Mac 2022
9 Dr. Leeana Ismail (Project Officer) Aug 2018 Sept 2020
10 Muhammad Abulliamee Makhtar (Operational Assistant) Apr 2019 Current
11 Dr. Aizan Ali@Mat Zin (Deputy Director) Feb 2019 Oct 2019
12 Gs. Dr. Rosilawati Zainol (Deputy Director) Nov 2017 Dec 2018
13 Dr. Zuwati Hasim (Deputy Director) Nov 2015 Oct 2016
14 Zulkifli Ismail (Operational Assistant) May/June-Sept 2014 Mac 2019
15 Dr. Shahreen Mat Nayan (Deputy Director) Jan 2015 Aug 2015
16 Nik Maisarah Akmal Nik Mustafa (Project Officer (Events)) Sept 2014 Dec 2016
17 Nur Shahidah Abu Hanifah (Project Officer (Publications)) Sept 2014 Mac 2016
18 Norennazuwa Rabun (Project Officer (Events)) Apr 2012 May 2014
19 Shamsuddin Abdul Rahman (Project Officer (Publications)) Mac 2012 Feb 2014
20 Fadhirul Hezley Juhari (UM UNESCO Club Officer) Sept 2011 Sept 2012
21 Fazidah Yusof (Senior Administrative Assistant) Aug 2011 April 2021
22 Dr. Zuraidah Abdullah (Deputy Director) 26 Sept 2011 Sept 2014
23 S. Rozita Shaari (Senior Administrative Assistant (KUP)) Dec 2010 Current
24 Nurull Intan Kintan (Operational Assistant) Apr 2010 Feb 2016
25 Dr. Amran Mohammad (Deputy Director) 1 Sept 2009 30 June 2011
26 Muhammad Azri Safwat Rizan (Administrative Assistant) Jul-Sept 2009 Mid 2011
27 Chang Lee Wei (Social Research Officer/Research Officer) Aug 2009 Aug 2015
28 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Raihanah Abdullah (Deputy Director) 12 Nov 2007 31 Oct 2009
29 Anuar Mansur (Administrative Assistant) Jul-Sept 2007/2008 Aug 2009
30 Jasni Nakman (Operational Assistant) Jul-Sept 2008
31 Sumitra A/P Rajan (Administrative Assistant) Dec 2007 Dec 2010
32 TBC (Operational Assistant)  2005 2005
33 Zainal Musa (Operational Assistant)  2003 2005
34 Intan Shafura Abdullah (Assistant Administrative Officer)  April 2004 Jan 2007
35 Nazilah Ahmad (Assistant Administrative Officer)  2003 2004
36 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khadijah Mohd Hambali (Deputy Director) 1 Nov 2006 31 Aug 2007
37 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor (Deputy Director) 16 Apr 2004 31 Mac 2006
38 Siti Rukiah Othman (Senior Administrative Assistant) 2000 Aug 2011

Last Update: 05/09/2023