Rector of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal recently attended the first International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. ICCS which focuses on the theme ‘Many Communities, One Shared Future’ was organised by S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore with the support of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore as well as Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and was held from 19 to 21 June 2019.

ICCS was intended to provide a platform for conversations on forging stronger interfaith understanding, as well as fostering greater harmony in societies through the development of new ideas, especially in religiously and culturally diverse countries.

The Conference commences with an Opening Dinner and an Opening Address by the President of the Republic of Singapore, Her Excellency Madam Halimah Yacob on 19 June 2019. This was followed by the Conference proceedings on 20 and 21 June, highlighting a Keynote Address by His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with several Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions, and Community Experience. Prior to the Conference program, a Young Leaders’ Program was also conducted from 18 to 19 June 2019.

The Conference was attended by more than 1000 participants representing more than 40 countries. Also attending the ICCS was Dr Haji Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad, Deputy Rector UNISSA and Khairul Nazif bin Haji Awang Damit, Assistant Lecturer at Faculty of Usuluddin, UNISSA.