The United Nations (UN) representatives recently held a forum at AMA International University Bahrain (AMAIUB) to educate the students about various branches of the UN and its provision for educational services and training, as well as opportunities for collaboration in research projects most especially those which are related to the environment and renewable energy.
The UN delegates was headed by His Excellency Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, United Nations Resident Coordinator & United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, together with Mr. Samir Imtair, Acting Director, United Nations Information Centre; Dr. Abdul-Majeid Haddad, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme; Dr. Hesham Abdelghany Mousa, Regional Representative for West Asia, World Meteorological Organization; Mr. Abdulrahman Al Awadhi, Business Associate, United Nations Industrial Development Organization; and Mr. Ali Saleh, Programme Analyst, United Nations Development Programme.
The forum was opened by Dr. Geraldo C. Talisic, AMAIUB Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Talisic thanked the UN delegation for the opportunity to share various initiatives of the UN, discuss issues of mutual interest, and give significant updates on the specific UN agencies which may be beneficial to AMAIUB, most especially to the students. He also added that forums such as this could open new doors for the University to work with the UN for mutual collaboration/partnership, conduct seminars and workshops, carry joint research work, and hold activities that address social, economic and environmental concerns, among others.
Dr. Amin El Meligi, AMAIUB Dean of Student Affairs, moderated the forum and introduced the speakers. The respective heads of each UN agency addressed several issues of great importance such as sustainable development, environmental conservation, renewable energy, and water resources. The speakers also encouraged the students to avail the education and training opportunities provided by the different UN agencies.
The AMAIUB students actively participated in the forum by asking questions and inquiries about UN’s programs and projects which can be beneficial to their academic life and can contribute to their well-being as global citizens.
AMAIUB has been very supportive to the UN’s Agenda in furthering higher education that could support the knowledge economy. In fact, the University’s teaching and learning, research, and community engagement activities incorporate sustainability, instill a culture of social responsibility, and address social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. With the assistance of UN and its other agencies, AMAIUB’s role in human development will surely be strengthened.
H.E. Amin El Sharkawi, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative
Mr Samir ImtairAldarabi, Acting Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
United Nations Officers in Bahrain with AMAIUB heads, faculty, and Students