World Fund for Development and Planning - WFDP , the Special Adviser to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, headed by Ambassador Ekramy El Zaghat, signed a partnership protocol with Misr University for Science and Technology - MUST , headed by Dr. Ashraf Haidar, to implement the United Nations simulation model in Egypt. The signing of the agreement was attended by General Dr. Tareq Atia - Deputy Secretary General of MUST , Dr. Mohamed Omar - Deputy Minister of Education for teachers, and Dr. Hazem Yassin - WFDP Advisor , Dr. Mohamed Nahal - WFDP Advisor .
Ambassador Ekramy El Zaghat said that the goal of the partnership is to implement the Model of United Nations in order to raise awareness of the mechanisms of work within the United Nations, noting that preparations will be made immediately and the implementation of the simulation model will begin during the coming period of time.
El Zaghat added that workshops will be held to teach students how to make simulations more accurate, with the aim of supporting the values of the United Nations and the sustainable development goals, explaining that this comes from the role of the awareness fund that plays through training programs that it works to implement within universities and institutions, educational and developmental.
For his part, Dr. Ashraf Haidar expressed his happiness at signing the cooperation agreement with the Fund, explaining that Misr University is the first university in North Africa to sign a similar partnership agreement with the Fund, and that the Model United Nations is one of the important student activities that the university seeks to implement.
Haidar added that the agreement also comes within the framework of the vision of Misr University for Science and Technology to raise the efficiency of its graduates in line with the latest developments in academic fields, pointing out that the United Nations simulation model is one of the main pillars for qualifying students for practical life, noting that the partnership with the Fund will not limit it to just an implementation of the simulation software, but it serves as the core of many future joint projects.
The Model United Nations is a simulation of actual United Nations conferences, where students are tasked with solving global issues through research, decision-making, persuasion, and debate to pass resolutions appropriate to the global issues at hand and work with with different students from different universities, schools and backgrounds to hold discussions and come up with solutions for their assigned agenda.
While the agendas or topics worked on during the conference reflect the real world issues being discussed at the United Nations.
The simulations also aim to develop skills in students such as leadership, research, writing, public speaking, problem solving and training for international leadership positions and country representation.