Abu Dhabi, February 13, 2017: The Petroleum Institute is proud to announce that two of its students have won two distinctive awards at the 10th American University of Sharjah Model United Nations, which took place from the 9th to the 11th of February, 2017. Abdallah Badr, a sophomore studying electrical engineering, received the Best Researcher Award from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) committee and Muhammad Huzaifa, a junior studying chemical engineering, was honoured with the Distinguished Delegate Award from the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) committee.
“The model United Nations is a great opportunity for our students to hone their public speaking and critical thinking skills, as well as discover their leadership abilities and understand the value of teamwork,” said Dr. Ebrahim Al Hajri, director of external affairs and coordination. “We are proud to be able to provide experiences to our students such as the model UN that will help shape their career path, and serve as a springboard that inspires them to always give back to their beloved country.”
Thirty-nine different universities and schools, totalling around 1,000 students, participated in the American university of Sharjah Model United Nations (AUSMNU) which was held in Sharjah. Among the participants were 8 members from the Petroleum Institute Model United Nations and debate teams: Abdallah Badr, Jamal Faisal, Mohammed Huzaifa, Omar Khalifa, Mohammed Bahaeddin, Ibrahim Ansari, Ahmed Adila and Husam Al-Araj and the team was accompanied by their faculty advisor, Dr. Asli Hassan.
As a part of the conference, each student was delegated to a country, a committee and given various topics from coping with migration caused by environmental change to women, peace and security. The student delegates had to research the topics they were given and asked to provide a comprehensive viewpoint of the country’s they represent. In addition, the students could use their position papers in their opening remarks during the opening session.
The United Nations simulation teaches students more about the world and how different cultures play a huge role in the global challenges that take place in every corner of society. This simulation teaches the students how to perceive similar situations in a different light. The practical benefit to this simulation is that they also get to strengthen their public speaking, debating, negotiating, researching and leadership skills.