The Universality of Learning and Thinking
The bronze sculptures of Confucius and Einstein are the pride of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). Located at the open space in front of the Heritage Hall Building in UTAR Kampar Campus, the sculptures symbolise the Universality of Learning and Thinking with the convergence of wisdoms from both the East and the West.
The bronze sculptures of Confucius and Einstein depict two world renowned scholars from two different eras and cultures – an eminent philosopher from the East and a genius physicist from the West – seated facing each other pondering the next move in the mind-challenging game of chess.
The Confucius statue measures 183 cm tall, 82 cm wide and 100 cm long and weighs 300 kg; while the Einstein statue measures 168 cm tall, 76 cm wide and 119 cm long and weighs 280 kg. Located in between the two statues is the chessboard that weights 120 kg, 76 cm tall, 91 cm wide and 91 cm long. The statues are seated on a 46 cm tall, 147 cm wide and 800 cm long pedestal.
The inscription on the plaque depicts a profound message:
Learning and Thinking
Is it anachronism
when the East meets the West at a tropical campus with over twenty centuries
One is a sage in
philosophy whose dialogue with his disciples has influenced generation after
generation of people and shaped their outlook on life and their stand as
mankind on earth. The other stands as a giant in science who has changed our
view of time, space and the universe with his out-of-the-box ideas.
In front of us is but
a mind game animated by an azure sky and a stunning landscape with its stretch
of mountains, verdant display of foliage, reflective ponds reminiscent of a tin
mining past, and activity of egrets and herons. Engaged in dialogue here is
neither the Analects nor the Theory of Relativity. It is about how to learn.
Confucius: “He who
learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great
Einstein: “All of
science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking.”
Without an endless
exercise of thought and learning, how could both figures manage to stand tall
and outshine their contemporaries and even posterity as models of faith and
Abdul Rahman, amid the constant convergence of civilisations, strives to
contribute to the sustainable development of the humanities, science and
technology with an unrelenting mind on progressiveness, ethics and sparks of
wisdom from the Orient and the Occident.
UTAR would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following: