Dar Al-Hekma University Hosts 7th Annual DAHMUN Conference with Dr. Thoraya Obaid as the Guest of Honor

Dr. Chaman Rahim, Dr. Thorayah Obaid, Dr. Sanaa Askool, Duaa Amer.JPGOn December 5, 2016 Dar Al-Hekma University hosted the 7th annual Dar Al-Hekma Model United Nations (DAHMUN) Conference with chief guest Dr. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, former member of the Shoura Council and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. The 3-day event took place in the Prince Bandar auditorium located on the University campus.

 The 7th annual DAHMUN conference focused on the theme “Road to Development: Hollow Promises or Concrete Plans”, which will help the delegates learn  to develop a deeper understanding of the  world situation and to understand how government decisions can have a social, economic,  and political impact  on our societies. During the 3-day event, more than 300 delegates from 25 local and international educational institutions experienced animated discussions, negotiations, conflict resolutions on global issues. In addition, they discussed topics that are aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 such as: “Building a Better World for Muslims”, “Clean and Constant Water for All”, “Sustainable Development: A Possible Reality?” and “The War Against Drug”.

 The Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations and offers the young delegates the opportunity to experience what it is to be a leader, and a policy-maker. The conference is the initiative of the MUN club members in Dar Al-Hekma and was led by Dr. Chaman Rahim, founder and advisor of the club. The club started back in 2007 with only 25 members and and now has over 120 members.

 “As the founder and advisor of this group, I am happy that during this short span, the Model United Nations has grown immensely in popularity and esteem. Today it hosts its own conference offering an excellent opportunity for students to tackle real life conflicts in a     realistic set up where they will discuss real life events. I congratulate all my officers and students for their dedication and hard work in organizing this Model United Nations Conference,” said Dr. Chaman Rahim during the opening ceremony.

The chief guest of the Conference was Dr. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, former member of the Shoura Council and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and former executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. Dr. Thoraya Obaid addressed the attendees and welcomed them saying, “It’s a great honor to address you as members of the Model UN; you are the leaders who will have an understanding of the world around you with the skills to become world leaders in your own rights, and that is exactly what this esteemed University is training you to achieve and striving to achieve.”

Dr. Suhair H. Al Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, commented on the importance of inviting leaders to the University, “Exposing our students to leaders such as Dr. Thoraya Obaid inspires them to work hard and be proactive so one day they too can become leaders and members of the Shoura Council and/or United Nations or, who knows, maybe ministers.”

Students, who represent countries as “delegates” in Model United Nations prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and intensely navigate the United Nations rules of procedures. DAHMUN Conference discussed current issues such as world without nuclear weapons, the battle of refugees and their impact on Europe and Building a better world for Muslims.

Duaa Amer, DAH student and Secretary General of DAHMUN Club, declared the conference open with Dr. Chaman Rahim on December 5, 2016. She also mentioned that she learned a lot during entering the club and praised Dar Al-Hekma saying, “Dar Al-Hekma offers equal great opportunities for those who work hard. A diverse community that challenges your solid ideas, and a door to great opportunities for those who are willing to give. And that is the spirit of Dar Al-Hekma.”

 Dar Al-Hekma University organized the 7th Annual DAHMUN Conference on December 5-8, 2016 on the University campus with Dr. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, former member of the Shoura Council and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, being a guest speaker.




Dar Al-Hekma University Develops Activities to Promote a Global Issue of Sustainability

dsc_2561On December 13, 2016 Dar Al-Hekma University’s student development department organized a recycling competition for the students and alumnae on campus.  The competition is part of a series of sustainability activities that are designed to help students understand the meaning and concept of sustainability.

 Ms. Maysoon Alsowayigh, had the idea of creating a recycling competition which was in line with Dar Al-Hekma University’s value of the year 2016-2017 “Sustainability”. The competition motivated students to creatively think about innovative ways on how to recycle materials into new useful things. Over twenty students and alumnae participated in the competition and could choose to recycle from three different categories: home/personal accessory piece, children educational toy and a product that serves the environment.

Dar Al-Hekma University introduced sustainability activities because it currently is a global issue and aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030.  The recycling competition is a social responsibility initiative that is just one of many initiatives that encourages creativity while minimizing waste.  Each participating student received one community service hour for partaking in the recycling competition.

“We wanted to know whether or not our students understood the meaning of sustainability, therefore we conducted a survey asking them if they understood the concept of sustainability and through the survey we found out that the majority of students did not know what it meant.  Hence, we decided to conduct several events every week that aim to help our students understand sustainability better,” said Dr. Suhair H. Al Qurashi, President of Dar Al-Hekma University.

The winners of the competition were a group of students from the DAH Green Club.  All the participants had only one hour to come up and design their ideas. Additionally, Ms. Mona Othman, one of the participants commented, “When I was a student at Dar Al-Hekma, I wanted to help save the environment which is why I was a member at the DAH Green Club and now I work in a field that helps support the environment.”   

“The youth at Dar Al-Hekma University and throughout the world need to understand that what we do today creates tomorrow.  Communicating sustainability activities such as the recycling competition will help the youth understand that,” said Dr. Sanaa Askool, Dean of Students.

Also, the “Quilting Bees of Jeddah”, a group of ladies interested in quilting and the concept of recycling fabrics, provided three workshops (Paper Piecing, Lamps Shades and Fabric Tassels) on both Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, other companies that support recycling and sustainability participated in the event such as Alnabta.

Dar Al-Hekma University announced the winners of the recycling competition on December 13, 2016 that was held on the University campus on the same day.