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

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M.U.B.S Moderation of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)E-Discussions

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a global initiative aimed at addressing areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution. The Modern University for Business and Science (M.U.B.S) realized the common ground it shares with UNAI and became one of the founding members of this initiative in the year 2000. M.U.B.S participated in the inauguration ceremony where the UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon launched the UNAI initiative in a large and diverse gathering of academics from around the world at the UN headquarters in New York.

In this context, and as part of the campaign to promote "Education for a sustainable Future", the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and UNAI organized a series of E-discussions on "Building a future for today's youth: improving access" hosted by Facebook. Stemming from the belief that M.U.B.S holds about the power of discussion and the importance of hearing and attending to our Youth it moderated the E-discussions from the period of February 23 to March 1 2011, where the fourth and fifth UNAI principles were addressed; "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.

Students, faculty and administrative staff of universities from all over the world shared their concerns, experiences and suggestions. Participation exceeded 200 posts and there was a fruitful cross cultural dialogue that truly reflected the globalization of education. At the end of the E-discussions, M.U.B.S prepared a report outlining the main issues discussed and recommendations made, which was submitted to UNAI and UNDESA. M.U.B.S will continue to support the role of education as a means of conflict resolution and cross cultural dialogue.






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