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JUNE 2014 marks the 70th An­niver­sary of the United Na­tions and as part of the UN Aca­demic Im­pact global ini­tia­tive, ELS Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices, the fran­chise owner of ELS Lan­guage Cen­tres, is hav­ing a global es­say con­test.

Win­ning es­say­ists will be in­vited to New York City for the 2014 UN Aca­demic Im­pact Global Youth Fo­rum.

ELS and the UN Aca­demic Im­pact global ini­tia­tive are work­ing to­gether on the Many Lan­guages, One World-Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion and Global Youth Fo­rum to pro­mote mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and the con­tin­ued study of the United Na­tions’ six of­fi­cial lan­guages – Ara­bic, Chi­nese, English, French, Rus­sian and Span­ish.

“Our col­lab­o­ra­tion fo­cuses on two of the pri­or­i­ties of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, one be­ing youth and the other mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, and this is a won­der­ful way of bring­ing the two to­gether,” said United Na­tions Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion un­der-sec­re­tarygen­eral Peter Laun­sky-Ti­ef­fen­thal af­ter the sign­ing cer­e­mony to launch the con­test in New York City.

Sixty win­ners will be in­vited to New York to at­tend the Aca­demic Im­pact Global Youth Fo­rum.

Ten will be se­lected for each of the six of­fi­cial UN lan­guages.

ELS Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices will spon­sor travel, room and board for each win­ner to be in New York from June 25 to 29 to par­tic­i­pate in a con­fer­ence to dis­cuss the 10 prin­ci­ples of the UN Aca­demic Im­pact and ac­tion plans to ad­dress global is­sues.

Win­ners will at­tend a youth con­fer­ence at Adel­phi Univer­sity and present the ac­tion plan out­comes of that di­a­logue at UN Head­quar­ters on June 27.

Topics will fea­ture se­lected prin­ci­ples of the UN Aca­demic Im­pact. The del­e­gates will also have the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with stu­dent lin­guists from the United States and other coun­tries who com­posed the win­ning es­says.

Dur­ing the Global Youth Fo­rum, each lan­guage group will de­velop an ac­tion plan in sup­port of one of the prin­ci­ples of the UN Aca­demic Im­pact ini­tia­tives.

As a host in­sti­tu­tion and univer­sity part­ner of ELS, UPM (Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia) has of­fered sup­port to en­cour­age its stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in this global con­test.

“We hope there will be Malaysian win­ners to add to the voices of the UN Aca­demic Im­pact and to present their views at the UN con­fer­ence. It would be a valu­able achieve­ment as well as an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. I urge all UPM stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate. They will re­ceive the sup­port needed from their fac­ulty and lec­tur­ers,” said UPM deputy vice-chan­cel­lor (Aca­demic and In­ter­na­tional) Prof Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Sham­sudin.

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Es­say con­test el­i­gi­bil­ity and qual­i­fi­ca­tions

1) Stu­dents 18 years of age and older cur­rently en­rolled in a full­time pro­gramme of study at a col­lege or univer­sity are el­i­gi­ble.

2) Con­tes­tants must write their es­say in one of the six of­fi­cial lan­guages of the United Na­tions – Ara­bic, Chi­nese, English, French, Rus­sian or Span­ish. This lan­guage must not be their mother tongue or the lan­guage of in­struc­tion in pri­mary or sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. The lan­guage must be a sec­ond or third lan­guage for the con­tes­tant.

3) The es­say, not ex­ceed­ing 2,000 words, should ex­plore: “How does mul­ti­lin­gual abil­ity ad­vance global ci­ti­zen­ship and un­der­stand­ing?” The es­say should re­flect the en­trant’s aca­demic, cul­tural and na­tional con­text.

4) Each en­trant must be spon­sored by a fac­ulty mem­ber or univer­sity of­fi­cial. Upon com­ple­tion of the spon­sor form, the stu­dent will re­ceive an e-mail with in­for­ma­tion on how to en­ter and up­load their es­say to the con­test web­site.

5) The dead­line for es­say sub­mis­sion is Feb 21.

Full com­pe­ti­tion de­tails, in­clud­ing forms for en­try and sub­mis­sion, are avail­able at http://ManyLan­guagesOneWorld.

Win a fully spon­sored trip to New York City to par­tic­i­pate in a five-day Global Youth Fo­rum at the United Na­tions Head­quar­ters with ELS.

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