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Students Learn Art of Negotiation at Model Arab League

Meredith students polished their skills in negotiation, research and public speaking by participating in the Southeast University Model Arab League in March.

This was Meredith’s second year of participation in the program. The 10 students involved in the Model Arab League program are members of Meredith’s Model United Nations team. This year, Meredith represented the Republic of Djibouti.

Participation in programs like Model Arab League “really gives you an outlet to focus your researching, writing, speaking and interpersonal skills,” said senior Emily King. “You will learn how to practice diplomacy while engaging in constructive debate over issues that are pertinent to the world today.”

King, who is earning a degree in political science, with a concentration in international relations, participated in the 2008 Model Arab League, and encourages other students to take part in the program.

“I find the topics that we discuss in Model Arab League committees are interesting and important. By participating in the conference, it gives me a chance to work further on my speech making and diplomacy skills,” King said. “If you are not a good public speaker, participating in model conferences will seem like a challenge, but in the end you will come out a much more comfortable and confident speaker.”

Freshman Tenzin Dekyi, who is earning a degree in international studies, said the extensive research needed to successfully represent a country in a model program is both a benefit and a challenge.

“You get to do tons of research and learn so much about different countries,” Dekyi said. “It is also an exciting way to meet new people and gain knowledge about different parts of the world as numerous Arab nations gather at the event. You learn about political, environmental and cultural aspects of the different countries and also play a part in creating resolutions to solve problems in those countries.”

The Southeast University Model Arab League was held March 13-15 at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Meredith’s Model UN team advisor is Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeff Martinson.

Date Submitted: 2009-04-13

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