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Students Stage Model Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference
2012-04-29

Students from across colleges at QU staged a Model Organization of Islamic Cooperation conference (MOICC) on April 27-28 to debate key political issues facing countries in the Arab and Muslim world. 
 
The event was organized by QU College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS) and the Diplomatic Institute at the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was held at the Doha Sheraton Hotel.
 
The event aimed to foster teamwork among the students, encouraging them to expand their understanding of the politics of the countries they will represent, develop research and debating skills, and enhance their leadership skills. It is also hoped that through participation, students will form a deeper sense of unity and cooperation among Muslim states.
 
Some 500 students, 460 of whom are women, from all academic years and departments across QU, represented some 26 countries in the Islamic world, and debated two key themes – Food Security, and the Environmental Crisis and Political Changes in the Muslim World, according to the politics of the countries they represent. 
 
The event was the brainchild of Assistant Professor Dr Farhan Mjahid of the Department of International Affairs at QU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and was modeled on similar events held at universities in Egypt in 2006 and 2010.  It  simulated the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations -- which represents 57 member states and is considered the collective voice of the Islamic world.
 
In a press briefing conducted last week by CSIS Dean Dr Aisha Al-Mannai and Ambassador Hassan al-Mohannady of the Diplomatic Institute, Dr Al Mannai said:  “Organizers will aim to establish a model conference that impacts the students’ academic activities and enhance their skills and abilities. The conference is also aimed at strengthening significant values such as Islamic unity, cooperation, free exchange of opinions, and teamwork”.
 
Ambassador Hassan al-Mohannady of the Diplomatic Institute said: “This is a very worthwhile conference and we felt it was important to support the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies in hosting it.  It is part of our responsibility to broaden students’ awareness of international issues, especially those of other Islamic countries, especially on the topic of food security and changing politics that are particularly relevant today. It will be a fascinating event and we look forward to assisting with other similar ones in the future”.
 
CSIS Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr Muhammad Modassir Ali said:  “We are delighted that so many students from across the university will participate. As delegate representatives of Muslim countries, they will get together not only in a show of unity, but also to see how they can assess the problems and issues of other countries and debate them convincingly, according to their country’s political agenda.  They will be able to freely express their views, while having the opportunity to share ideas and learn about the politics of the other states.  Preparation for this event has already provoked considerable animated discussion among the students, which is exactly what we hoped to achieve.  We look forward to building on the success of this conference to host other, bigger ones in the future”.
 
Shields of Excellence were awarded to students for outstanding presentation, and prizes were distributed for best debate and dialogue, teamwork, eloquence, knowledge, order and management, creativity and innovation, positive attitude,  and quick thinking and rebuttal.