GUST’s De­bate Club Awarded Club of the Year

Pub­lic Re­la­tions Club wins So­cial Club of the Year award

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Gulf Univer­sity for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy’s (GUST) Of­fice of Stu­dent Life (OSL) awarded the stu­dent-run De­bate Club the Club of the Year award in a cer­e­mony in the cam­pus’s Cen­tral Area. The award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to the club that demon­strates the most ini­tia­tive, cre­ativ­ity, and ac­tively in­spires stu­dents by of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tional and en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year. Dr Raghad Al Kazemi, Dean of Stu­dent Af­fairs at GUST was present at the event to honor the win­ning club.

The De­bate Club was the clear win­ner of this year’s award due to their ex­cep­tional pres­ence on cam­pus all year round and their dili­gent or­ga­ni­za­tion of 33 en­gag­ing and prac­ti­cal events, in­clud­ing win­ning se­cond place at the Kuwait Univer­sity De­bate League, and first place at the 5th Arab Uni­ver­si­ties De­bate Com­pe­ti­tion in Bahrain, and the Kuwait Univer­sity Na­tional English De­bate League. In ad­di­tion to or­ga­niz­ing a univer­sity-wide de­bate com­pe­ti­tion, hold­ing var­i­ous sem­i­nars among which was the “Ef­fect of De­clin­ing Oil Prices on the Arab Re­gion”, and set­ting up sev­eral work­shops and char­ity events.

Dean of Stu­dent Af­fairs, Dr Raghad Al Kazemi, said, “It is my hon­est be­lief that to get an ex­tra dose of knowl­edge, you need to leave the class­room. Our clubs demon­strate that our stu­dents have a real hunger to ap­ply what they learn in their lec­tures to real life sit­u­a­tions, and cre­ate an at­mos­phere that is fun, ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial, and ap­pli­ca­ble to the real world.”

The cer­e­mony also gave out an ad­di­tional award to show the clubs that their ef­forts do not go un­no­ticed by the univer­sity com­mu­nity. The So­cial Club Award, which is based on pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­ter­ac­tion with other clubs, the stu­dent body, and the GUST com­mu­nity as a whole, was awarded to the Pub­lic Re­la­tions Club. The club man­aged to set up 20 events through­out the aca­demic year which in­cluded or­ga­niz­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian cam­paign, of­fer­ing sev­eral en­tre­pre­neur­ial work­shops for univer­sity stu­dents, giv­ing out if­tar meals dur­ing Ra­madan, or­ga­niz­ing a cam­paign ded­i­cated to giv­ing out cold wa­ter and bev­er­ages to street work­ers dur­ing the sum­mer. The Pub­lic Re­la­tions Club also went on a trip to New York dur­ing win­ter and handed out items of cloth­ing to the home­less.

The pur­pose of the event is not only to rec­og­nize the ef­forts of a few clubs, but also mo­ti­vate the other 14 stu­dent run clubs and ac­knowl­edge their hard work through­out the year aca­demic year, and show them that GUST as a univer­sity ap­pre­ci­ates all ef­forts in­vested by stu­dents in or­ga­niz­ing club ac­tiv­i­ties. De­bate Club mem­bers were awarded KD 100 each, while the Pub­lic Re­la­tions was granted KD 400 for their bud­get. Stu­dents also got to par­tic­i­pate dur­ing the event by sub­mit­ting their guesses of who the win­ning club of each cat­e­gory would be to en­ter a draw, each win­ning stu­dent re­ceived a KD 50 prize.

This year, the num­ber of clubs at GUST par­tic­i­pat­ing to­taled 16, and in­clude: The En­trepreneurs Club, the Me­dia Club, the An­ime Club, the Tal­ent Club, the De­bate Club, the Is­lamic Fi­nance Club, the Man­age­ment Club, the Mar­ket­ing Club, the Com­puter Sci­ence Club, the English Club, the Pub­lic Re­la­tions Club, the Tech­nol­ogy Club, the Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Club, the Hu­man Rights Club, the In­vest­ment Club, the Ac­count­ing Club, and the Foun­da­tion Club.

The Pub­lic Re­la­tions Club

The De­bate Club

Dr Raghad Al-Kazemi with one of the stu­dents.

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