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AUS students take part in International Youth Leadership Conference in South Africa
Delegates from the Student Leadership Program (SLP) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) attended the International Youth Leadership Conference held recently in Cape Town, South Africa.
The AUS contingent comprised a diverse group of students, who all shared a common interest in pursuing and developing leadership skills. Fatma Afghan, a junior civil engineering major, was chosen to be the chairperson of the African Union at the first simulation, while Pavithra Ramaprasad and Mariam Abdullah were chosen as lawyers for defense and prosecution, respectively, at the second simulation. Elyas Mohammed, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, was chosen to be the Speaker of Parliament at the third simulation.
Speaking about her experience, Afghan said:
“Not only did I learn through an intense schedule about South African politics and the formal sessions held in both parliaments and judicial courts, but I also got to meet extraordinary people with interests and passions from all around the globe. This experience left me feeling enlightened and warm, as I was let into the traditions and customs of the locals of the city, and subsequently into their hearts. I could not have asked for a more enriching learning experience in a better environment than the one I got in Cape Town.”
The conference aimed to bring about a perfect balance of edutainment. After simulations and talks by prominent speakers, the delegates were taken out on excursions to learn about the culture of South Africa. Students from varied parts of the world, spoke about their cultures, lifestyles, and traditions.
Commenting on the conference, Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students, said:
“This experience was a life changing one for our students. From engaging with a diverse group of students, and sharing their thoughts, to better understanding the South African political system and culture, our students came back with a wealth of knowledge. They had an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills during the simulation sessions as well as during the other activities and workshops organized at the event. The group did an excellent job and we are proud of their great representation of AUS during IYLC2018.”