NILAI, 2nd May 2023 – Associate Professor Dr. Zoraida Mustafa, Dean of Centre for Core Studies, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) was honored the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays to recognize her outstanding contribution to promoting Japanese language education in Malaysia and mutual understanding between Malaysia and Japan.

Dr. Zuraida which also the former Head of Japanese Language and Cultural Centre, Faculty of Major Language Studies USIM has been engaged in various activities to promote Japanese language education and mutual understanding between Malaysia and Japan. She has been teaching Japanese language in Ambang Asuhan Jepun, Universiti Malaya since 1996. Upon her transfer to Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), she initiated the Japanese language unit and served as the Head of Japanese Language and Cultural Centre. Dr Zoraida is also the founder and first Malaysia Japanese Language Instructors Society (MAJLIS) and promoting networking among Japanese language and cultural practitioners.

“This award is an appreciation to all parties especially for Japanese Government and USIM who have given me the opportunity and support to work on building a Malaysia-Japan cooperation network, especially in Japanese language and culture education.” she said in a statement.

The Japanese government has recently announced the recipients of the Foreign National Imperial Decoration by the Emperor of Japan for the 2023 Spring Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Japan-Malaysia relations.

Also receiving this 2023 Spring Imperial Decoration was Dato’ Wan Latiff Wan Musa, former Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Foreign Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) who was awarded ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon’.

Prepared by:
Nor Fadzlina Azahari
Pusat Komunikasi Strategik (StraComm)
Aras 1, Canselori Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
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