Salient: An organ of student opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 23, No. 5. Wednesday, June 15, 1960
Seminar At K.L
Seminar At K.L.
The site of the seminar, the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, was a beautiful 500 acre campus equipped with buildings and hostels which any New Zealand university would be proud to own. The only real inconvenience to New Zealand visitors, apart from the staple and unvarying diet of boiled rice, was the fact that the morning sessions were some 15 minutes walk from the residential hall after which, for the first week or so a change of clothing was desirable if impractical; and the fact that you could start from the plenary session hall in brilliant sunshine and then within 200 yards of the hostel be caught in a tropical shower which would leave you 199 yards out and completely wet through.
Socially the seminar was well organised with a weekend break for a trip to Port Dickson (a seaside resort) and the old Portugese settlement of Malacca. Several of the delegations including New Zealand, put on an " evening," either showing films of their countries or demonstrating the dances and songs associated with their cultures. The New Zealand evening, kindly financially supported by the New Zealand High Commission, was looked forward to by the non-habitual rice eaters as an occasion when "English" food would undoubtedly be served, but began with a meal consisting basically of curried chicken, the curry being in the best Indian tradition!
Back to the results of the discussions. In the field of practical co-operation the seminar has recommended to the Ninth International Student Conference to be held in Klosters, Switzerland, in August of this year that certain steps be taken in the following fields.