M.U.B.S. Moderates E-Discussions in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

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MUBS Moderation in the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
E-Discussions

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative that aims to align institutions of higher education with the UN ten universally accepted principles:

  1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfill.
  2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech.
  3. A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity.
  4. A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education.
  5. A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world.
  6. A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education.
  7. A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education.
  8. A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education.
  9. A commitment to promoting sustainability through education.
  10. A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the "unlearning" of intolerance, through education.

The Modern University of Business and Science (M.U.B.S.) is a member of UNAI, and an institution committed to the promotion of the Academic Impact ten cardinal principles. The promotion of these principles is reflected in their integration in the University’s Curricula and MUBS's partnerships with bodies of the civil society along with a number of universities and various educational centers throughout the world.

In this context, and as part of the communication campaign to promote "Education for a sustainable Future", the United Nations of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and UNAI are organizing a series of e-discussions on "Building a future for today's youth: improving access" to be hosted on Facebook mid-February to mid March 2011.

Stemming from the belief that MUBS holds regarding the power of discussion and the importance of hearing and attending to our Youth’s voices and opinions, the university will be moderating the e-discussions from the period of February 23 to March 1 2011. During this period the e-discussions will address the fourth and fifth UNAI principles being; "A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education" and "A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world" respectively. The academic staff, administrators and students of schools and universities as well as members of civil society are all invited to take part in this exciting and contributing experience. Moreover, we would highly appreciate your efforts in relaying this information to other institutions faculty, staff, students and civil society organizations.

We believe that as members of higher education institutions we are all lifelong learners and researchers, therefore we are all required to thoroughly research the topics and reflect on their relation and applicability to our work and daily life experiences. It is our diversity in perspectives and knowledge that will contribute to uniqueness and fruitfulness of the discussions and their findings.

How to participate in the E-discussion

Step 1: Go to the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ImpactUN;
Step 2: Read background notes of the e-discussion topics you are interested in (Notes will be posted on Facebook one week in advance of each e-discussion);
Step 3: Go to the Discussions tab and look for the discussion;
Step 4: Provide your comments on the e-discussion topics, try to respond to questions that have been asked;
Step 5: If you like another person’s opinion, click "Like" under the specific comment; Step 6: If you would like to share a specific UNAI e-discussion, click "Share" under the topic;

The outcome of the e-discussion will be reported back to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Global Preparatory Meeting on 5 April 2011, and policy recommendations will be included in the report of the UN Secretary-General to be presented during the High-level segment of ECOSOC in July 2011.

Looking forward for your valuable and contributing participation.

Hilal-Jurdi, Y.
International Affairs Office
Modern University for Business and Science






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