Seven students from the HCT-RAK Colleges participated in the 10th Bahrain Universities Model United Nations (BUMUN) Conference 2014, which was held in the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel last month.
The BUMUN is aimed at university and graduate students and is designed to inspire global citizenship. It was held under the Patronage of the Supreme Council for Youth & Sports, Chairman, Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
There was over 200 delegates from more than 24 universities who participated in the 10th BUMUN conference, which is seen as the most authentic Model United Nations experience possible, offering a diverse group of informed participants a forum for discussing global concerns in a context that closely parallels the “real world”. It is an educational simulation activity focusing on civics, communications, globalization and multilateral diplomacy.
During a Model United Nations conference, students take on roles as foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO) and the HCT-RAK Colleges students represented the countries of Switzerland, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sudan.
The students researched their country, investigated international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world issues. During a simulation the students employ a variety of communications and critical thinking skills to defend and advance the policies of their country.
The four female and three male students were role models and examples of the excellence exhibited by UAE national students, with the conference being an unforgettable and valuable experience for them.
Teamwork, punctuality, commitment, and professionalism were the norms that truly describe the future-oriented students, with Suaad Al Hammadi being nominated for the Honorary Diplomatic Award. She was strongly supported by the RAK Colleges’ team and was able to convince 35 countries with a total of 70 representatives to vote for her resolution on the three topics that were discussed in the General Assembly.
Upon return to the UAE, the seven students met with HCT-RAK Colleges Director, Dr Ali Al Mansoori, and a representative from the General Authority of Youth and Sport welfare, Mr Jasem Al Belooshi. The students showed a video about the conference and shared their experiences and discussed what they had learned.
Dr Ali Al Mansoori remarked that such an experience gives our students a huge advantage over others in terms of their studies and careers. “We are really proud and glad that our students always find such opportunities to join and gain experience in different areas of business and life. RAK Colleges definitely encourages all students to participate in different, sophisticated conferences and events either locally in the country or abroad,” he said.
Suaad Mohamed Alhammadi, a Year-4 Bachelor of Information Technology student, said: “The Bahrain Universities Model United Nations was one of the best experiences I have had as a student. The UAE General Authority of Youth and Sports organization and the RAK Colleges’ support and was impressive. It gave me the opportunity to work with different students from different colleges and majors in the GCC and to be aware of the issues that are facing the world and how we as global citizens can contribute to finding solutions to problems.”
Saif Abdulla Ali Saif Alzahmi, a Year-1 Bachelor of Engineering Technology student, said: “First of all, I would like to thank RAK Colleges management that supported us in participating in this conference and the UAE General Authority of Youth and Sport for their kindness in sponsoring this trip. As an outcome of this conference, I have discovered many areas of my personality that I never knew, such as my confidence in speaking in public and being an active team member. The simulation of this conference was totally new for me, but I liked this challenge because it enhanced and developed many of my skills, such as communication skills used in political speech.”
Maha Mohammed Bin Dayyeh Al Henawi, a Year-3 Bachelor of Applied Media Studies student, said: “Model United Nations was a big name for me and I wondered how I would be part of it, how I would prepare for the conference and what should I do. I searched for the information and materials that would help me in the discussion, and when the HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamed Al-Khalifa said: ‘We are the leaders of tomorrow’ that made me proud of myself for being a good leader in the future and present of my country. The benefits that I gained from the conference are how to be a good connector between all delegates, how to network in few minutes and how to be a good leader for other countries. So, it was a good experience and I hope I can participate again to get an award and make my country proud of me and thanks for everyone for their efforts.”
Ebrahim Mohammed Alfarsi, a Year-1 Bachelor of Information Technology student, said: “This was not my first international trip representing my college and country, however, this opportunity enhanced my communication and political negotiation skills. This conference also allowed me to understand the world wide issues related to agriculture, food security and prevention of juvenile crime in many countries. Confident public speaking and defending my topic were some of my achievements that were an outcome of this conference, especially using political terminology which was new for me. I hope I can join this conference next year and make a difference in winning one of the Diplomacy Awards. Finally, I would like to thank Dr Ali Al Mansoori, RAK Colleges Director, for his great support to us and the General Authority of Youth and Sport for sponsoring this trip.”
Year-3 Bachelor of Information Technology student Ameera Mohammed Alharanki said: “My experience in the Bahrain Universities Model United Nations was an unforgettable one. I’m very grateful to have had the chance to be a part of it. It has definitely left an imprint on my mind. During the two days of the conference I have developed as a person; it made me more confident to speak in front of an audience and argue on political issues. The topics that were discussed gave me an insight into what is happening in the countries around us and in the world. It made me aware of my political stance on the economic and social issues in Pakistan, since I was chosen to be a delegate of Pakistan.
“Before joining the United Nations conference, I was not one-bit interested in politics, but little did I know how important it is. So now I try to follow up the current issues that are happening in my country and in the world; because there is nothing more successful and stronger than knowledge. This trip made me want to work harder and achieve more to make my country proud. It is also great that I got to meet the other participants from different countries with different views on politics and such. It has definitely broadened my horizons. All in all, it was an honor to represent my country the UAE, and my college,” Ameera added.
Year 2 Diploma of Engineering Technology student Abdulaziz Mohammed Al Hosani said: “This conference added to me many things especially, political communication skills. It’s my first time to join an international conference and to practice political simulation. There are many benefits gained from this conference; for example improving my communication skills, talking in front of big number of people and negotiating topics with people I do not know to persuade them to vote for my resolution. Thank you RAK Colleges for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to present my country proudly in this conference.”
Aaesha Rashed Al Dahmani, a Year-3 Bachelor of Business Administration student, said: “First, we would like to thank our college and the General Authority of Youth and Sport for giving us a chance to represent our country. Getting this opportunity and living the experience, comes with numerous advantages. First, it allowed us to know our strengths and weaknesses. Second, it shows us the importance of political and economic awareness and understanding world- wide issues, and then finding solutions. Finally it improves many skills; for example, communication, teamwork, negotiation and persuasion and leadership skills.”
The trip was fully sponsored by the General Authority of Youth and Sport Welfare of the United Arab Emirates.