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AUS wins Honorable Mention and Diplomacy Award at Bahrain Model UN
Eight students from the Student Leadership Program (SLP) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) were part of the UAE delegation at the 10th Annual Bahrain Universities Model United Nations (BUMUN), held in Al Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, November 28-29, 2014 and sponsored by the UAE's General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare. The AUS delegation secured an Honorable Mention and a Diplomacy Award at BUMUN.
BUMUN is a Model United Nations for university students in the GCC. This simulation activity focuses on civics, communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. By participating, students gained a better understanding of world affairs, diplomacy and negotiation. Being part of BUMUN enabled AUS students to enhance their communication and influencing skills as well as meet with an array of students and representatives from the region.
"BUMUN taught me about the crises and issues that are occurring in the world today, and the effect of them on each country and region," said Amna Banialnajjar, a senior student majoring in chemical engineering. "The MUN made me realize how important teamwork, negotiation and friendly debates can be when saving the lives of hundreds of thousands. It definitely taught me that there are bigger problems in the real world to worry about, and that even as a student, I can make a difference and change people's lives. Representing UAE at the conference was definitely an honor and overall, this was an unforgettable experience."
According to Hessah Al Samahi, a junior student majoring in international studies, "It was just a great experience filled. Our short trip to Bahrain wasn't only about meeting new people, but it was about showing our leadership skills, making the right decisions, acting quickly, performing well and working as a team."
"Our students made us proud again. Winning the Diplomacy Award and receiving an Honorable Mention exemplifies their commitment and leadership abilities. By taking part in BUMUN, they got an opportunity to network and meet people from all over the region. I congratulate our students on a job well done," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.