Model Arab League wins national competition

Kennesaw State University’s Model Arab League team brought home top honors from the National Arab League competition held at Georgetown University April 6−9. Competing with more than 21 universities‚ Kennesaw State won the Outstanding Delegation Award‚ besting competitors such as the University of California‚ Santa Barbara‚ The American University in Cairo and George Mason University.

Georgia (Apr 18, 2006) — Kennesaw State University’s Model Arab League team brought home top honors from the National Arab League competition held at Georgetown University April 6−9. Competing with more than 21 universities‚ Kennesaw State won the Outstanding Delegation Award‚ besting competitors such as the University of California‚ Santa Barbara‚ The American University in Cairo and George Mason University.

KSU’s team represented Lebanon during the rigorous‚ three−day competition‚ showcasing their debating‚ negotiating and speaking skills.

Linda Morrisson‚ faculty adviser to the team‚ said the competition is intense and takes a lot of preparation; the students spend one year studying the foreign policy of a region.

“The MAL team meets for several hours every Sunday‚ beginning in September and ending in April‚” Morrisson said. “In the practice sessions‚ students learn about mock debates‚ information exchange and parliamentary procedures.”
The Model Arab League program is administered by the National Council on U.S.−Arab Relations.

“As representatives of the Arab League’s 22 member−states‚ student delegates work to achieve consensus on questions real−life diplomats wrestle with daily‚” according to the council’s Web site‚ www.ncusar.org. “They vote on resolutions they have written that seek to resolve some of the Arab countries’ most difficult challenges. The dynamics and interactive nature of the role−playing among the students stimulate critical thinking‚ heighten creativity‚ expand knowledge‚ and cultivate understanding as no book‚ video‚ or coursework ever could.”

KSU’s Model Arab League operates under the political science department’s Global Society‚ which also serves as the umbrella organization for the Model United Nations and the Model Organization of African Unity.




 

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