1st Year DPhil organises seminar for Indonesian Ambassador

Friday, February 24th, 2017

(Shailen Popat, Oxford; Mr Wahyudin, Minister Counsel; Prof Aziz, Education Attache, H.E. Dr Rizal Sukma, Ambassador) Sister Jayanti, Brahma Kumaris; Dr. Therese N. Hopfenbeck, Oxford; Sister Vivien, Brahma Kumaris)

On 19th January 2017, H.E. Dr. Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of Indonesia to the UK, delivered a keynote address on the theme of International Community Cohesion at Brasenose College, University of Oxford.    The seminar was convened by DPhil student, Shailen Popat from the Oxford University Centre of Educational Assessment, who has a distinguished career of using educative programmes to promote community cohesion in English settings on behalf of local government and the police.  His aim was to bring-together panellists from diverse backgrounds to explore the topic from the lenses of international relations, education, and faith.  Joining Dr. Sukma on the panel were Dr. Therese Hopfenbeck, Director of the Centre of Educational Assessment at the University of Oxford, and eminent Hindu leader, Sister Jayanti. Principal of Brasenose, John Bowers QC commenced proceedings by welcoming everyone, before Shailen introduced the panel and other guests, and set the context.   Dr. Sukma emphasised the need for human values such as tolerance, understanding and compassion to be guides for behaviour between states; and advocated the importance of supranational bodies in bringing states together.  He said that although the cohesion between states may not be perfect, it is possible.  Referring to previous articles that he has published, Dr. Sukma, reiterated the need for states to have the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) their own and each other’s citizens.  Dr. Hopfenbeck called for the need to create an atmosphere of trusting teachers, and collaboration among pupils and parents.  She expressed concern about the atmosphere of tension being created due to performance measures.  Sister Jayanti emphasised the need to developing self-esteem based upon the inner qualities of peace, kindness and generosity.  The seminar explored rich content and it was agreed to have future seminars.

The event was attended by over 40 delegates, including Principal of Brasenose, John Bowers QC, Dr Dave Leal, Dr Sonali Nag, Mr Wayudin (Embassy Minister Counsel), and Professor Aziz (Embassy Education Attache).  The dignitaries had earlier enjoyed a tour of the college and tea with the fellows, and ended the evening dining at High Table with Principal John Bowers QC.

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