Posted on January 25, 2014

Students from Stenden University Qatar (SUQ), Qatar’s only professional hospitality, tourism and international business management college, were honoured for their achievements in a regional Model United Nations conference, a recent business simulation contest and for winning of a debate session in a Qatar-wide universities’ debating contest.

The undergraduate students were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in a ceremony presided over by SUQ’s  Executive Dean Professor Robert Coelen and attended by faculty members.

Two second year students – Rania Aissaoui, who is majoring in Hospitality, and Giselle D’costa, a Business major – won one debate round and came second in another round in the Third Qatar Universities Debate League tournament, held at SUQ, on 18th January. In their winning round, the students successfully argued the motion: “This house would, assuming it was possible and feasible, permanently alter all human brains to make lying impossible”, using arguments from threats to national security, social upheaval and infringement of citizens’ freedom of speech. The SUQ team defeated three other teams from Texas A&M University in Qatar and Qatar University.

Rania Aissaoui said: “This competition was a great experience. The topics were fascinating and it’s a good chance to meet other people. Debating really helps build my confidence to argue my case effectively.”

Stenden University Qatar students honoured for achieving excellence 2 [].JPGFour SUQ students were also honored for their achievements at the Bahrain Universities Model United Nations conference, where they role-played as delegates from China to build resolutions and help solve real-world problems. Mohammed Nabel, first year International Business Management Studies; Mohammed Farooq, second year International Hospitality Management Studies; Farhan Al Suwaidi and Sarah Al Din, both first year International Business Management Studies students, represented China in the General Assembly, the Security Council, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), respectively. Sarah Al Din was one of a select few students from the hundreds who participated who was awarded an Honorable Mention at the conclusion of the event, in recognition for her superior levels of knowledge of China, the issues debated and for following UN rules of order.

Sarah, who has taken part in seven Model UN events previously, said: “This was my first time participating at a university level and it was a great experience. I really believe in human rights and a Model UN is a good way to put forward your arguments, as the resolutions passed get sent on to the United Nations.

“Since taking part in these contests, my confidence in public speaking has really improved  -  I used to be very shy, but now there’s no stopping me!”

And two SUQ teams which recently took part in the Bedaya Shell Enterprise Business Simulation Challenge, were also congratulated for their achievements. Team High Flyer, comprising Lara Koethenbuerger, Silke Spitzer, Uli Eyring and Carolin Foll, beat off competition from six other universities to take third place in the contest.

Stenden University Qatar VP International and Executive Dean Professor Robert Coelen congratulated the students, saying: “Your achievements are exemplary and you are great ambassadors for Stenden University Qatar, personifying skills such as critical thinking, leadership, team work and problem solving – real world learning, which we really encourage here and which is crucial in the international workplace. I am very proud of all of you.

“Stenden University Qatar encourages all its students to take part in extra-curricular activities such as debates, the model UN and business simulation challenge, which are fun, but which also build on students’ personal skills and ensure that when they graduate, they will be able to compete for the best positions in leading organisations.”