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LAU students excel at international diplomacy simulation


April 5, 2005—

The LAU delegation to Harvard World Model U.N. 2005 received four “diplomacy awards,” ranking among the top five out of 140 universities participating in the prestigious U.N. simulation in Scotland, March 26–April 2.

Alain Hasrouni, Maya Hammoud, Anthony Torbay and Roy Armali demonstrated outstanding ability for creative diplomacy and coalition building, as well as mastery of the procedural and substantive workings of the U.N., according to Social Sciences chairman (Byblos) Walid Moubarak, who proudly announced the achievement to the LAU community.

The diplomacy awards are given “in the spirit of discouraging competitiveness and encouraging cooperation … to the individuals that best capture the spirit of WorldMUN in each committee,” as explained on the event’s website. This is the second time LAU delegates receive this distinction.

Harvard WorldMUN takes place in a different international location each spring. This year the hosting institution was the University of Edinburgh, U.K. The simulation consists of 17 committees that gather to discuss issues of relevance to the participants.

The LAU delegation assumed leadership roles in various committees. Hasrouni (International Affairs - Byblos) and Armali (Economics - Byblos), represented Trinidad and Tobago in the High Commission for Refugees. Hammoud (Economics - Beirut) spoke for Lebanon in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Torbay (International Affairs - Beirut) was Lebanon’s rep on the Legal Committee.

The students were among 1,100 delegates that were assigned to represent 224 countries and international organizations. Prominent universities from North America and Europe participated, including MIT, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, McGill, University of St. Andrews.

The LAU students had three months of arduous training prior to the event under the supervision of faculty advisors Elie Samia and Marwan Rowayheb.

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