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Although the agreement for the UNESCO Chair has been signed with the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - UKM) as a whole, the effective post of command for the "UNESCO Chair on Social Practices in Intercultural Communication and Social Cohesion" is located at KITA -

the Institute of Ethnic Studies, a component of the UKM. 


KITA institute comprises of anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and linguists who work with researchers from other public and private universities in Malaysia and beyond in order to conduct the various research programs under the UNESCO Chair.

The three places of sociality that constitute our conceptual umbrella have been translated into five action-research programs or "clusters" in order to operationalize our research activities within the context of Malaysia. These clusters have been labeled as follows:

  •  Empowering urban poor neighbourhood communities;

  •  Curbing down alienation and discrimination at the workplace;

  •  Diminishing marginalization of ethnic minorities through short food supply chains;

  • Preventing oblivion of cultural heritage for creolized communities;

  • Ensuring the welfare of religious-based communities through interfaith dialogue.

About: About Us
Our Vision

To generate a scientifically informed narrative on the state of social cohesion in Malaysia for the benefit of the general public and as a foundation for public policy.

Our Mission 

To become a national and regional hub for the study of social cohesion and intercultural communication.

Our Team 
About: Our Mission
About: Our Mission

Distinguished Professor Datuk

Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin



Dr. Éric Olmedo 


Leads workplace program 


Ms. Najatulman Hamdan

Senior Admin. Executive 


Ms. Nur Hezreen Othman 

 Digital designer 


Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria  

Leads households program 


Dr. Gaik Cheng Khoo 



Leads food and health program 


Dr. Kartini Aboo Talib @ Khalid 

Leads interfaith dialogue & specialist projects


Dr. David H. J. Neo

Leads intangible culture heritage program 

Our Partners 
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