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East Meets West – Confucius & Einstein Clash in a Mesmerising Chess Duel at UTAR Campus


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Source: Website | University Tunku Abdul Rahman

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Prepare to be amazed as the realms of history and genius collide in a mesmerising chess showdown between the legendary Confucius and the iconic Einstein. While you may think you’ve missed out on witnessing this epic clash, fear not!

University Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Kampar Campus in Malaysia unveils a remarkable bronze sculpture that brings these intellectual figures to life, allowing you to immerse yourself in the captivating spectacle of their strategic battle.

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As you stroll through the Kampar Campus, your eyes will be drawn to a remarkable sight – a chessboard where Confucius and Einstein lock horns in an epic intellectual face-off. 

Let’s meet our players!

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Introducing Confucius, the formidable first player. With his sharp intellect and strategic prowess, he manoeuvres his pieces with precision. He is a symbol of ancient wisdom, a sage whose teachings transcend the game. 

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As the second player in this captivating chess battle, Einstein takes his seat with an air of curiosity and unbounded intellect. Renowned for his groundbreaking contributions to the realm of physics, he proves that the true power of genius lies not only in unravelling the secrets of the universe but also in the art of strategic thinking.

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The chessboard itself symbolises the intricate dance between the Eastern and Western intellectual traditions. Each move on the board reflects the ongoing dialogue between these two worlds, highlighting the richness that arises when diverse perspectives converge. 

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The Universality of Learning and Thinking sculpture at UTAR’s Kampar Campus in Malaysia features both English and Chinese inscriptions, displaying the merging of Eastern and Western wisdom, a commitment to fostering an inclusive and global learning environment.

The chess match between Confucius and Einstein is a collaborative spirit necessary for solving the complex challenges of our time. It urges us to seek common ground, bridge gaps, and tap into the collective wisdom of different cultures.

The images of the statues were shared by a Twitter user @Ruhichess.


So, what do you think? Would you go and visit and immerse yourself in the wisdom of the East and the brilliance of the West?


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