- A Zayed University team from the College of Interdisciplinary Studies were selected from more than 2000 student applicants to take part in the UN sponsored COP 27 Simulation Model.
- The event brought together 130 students from 24 countries to promote international youth dialogue on international climate action.
- The COP 27 Simulation Model was under the auspices of HE Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN Climate Change High Representative.
A group of Zayed University (ZU) students from the College of Interdisciplinary Studies were selected from more than 2000 students to take part in the UN sponsored COP 27 Simulation Model at the British University in Cairo.
The Zayed University team consisted of students from the UAE, Pakistan, Brazil and Chile; in total the event brought together 130 students from 24 countries to promote international youth dialogue on international climate action.
The COP27 Simulation Model is a global youth-led climate conference bringing students from around the world together to simulate the real COP27 activities, with students representing country delegates and representatives of international organizations. The event was held under the auspices of HE Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN Climate Change High Representative. The students also received talks from international ministers including UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Gillian Keegan MP and HE Ashraf Sobhy Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports.
During the event the Zayed University students were trained for climate action and debate within Egypt’s COP27 framework and themes: Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance and Regional and International Collaboration. The event gave students the chance to experience life at the heart of political decision making and provided them with experience in diplomacy, debate and conflict resolution, and critical thinking, in addition to research writing and public speaking skills.
The visit was led by Professor Suzanna El Massah, Associate Professor at the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, who commented: “I am so proud of our students. They showcased the very best of Zayed University and are wonderful ambassadors for the UAE. The event was an incredible experience for all of them and gave the students the chance to reflect on the full spectrum of issues related to the climate crisis. The format was designed to encourage the students to think outside the box and embrace creative solutions to this urgent problem. These forums, which engage young people in the debate around sustainability, are vital and I want to thank the British University in Cairo for hosting us.”
Reem Aljabri, a student in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Zayed University said, “The British university in Egypt gave the youth an opportunity to mock COP27 as we are the leaders of tomorrow. To assess the effects of the measures taken by Parties and the progress made towards the ultimate objective of the Convention, this Simulation Model was developed to illustrate the needs and importance of climate change and to create the best model for COP 27.”
Alongside the conference students were immersed in Egyptian culture with visits arranged to the Pyramids of Giza, the oldest and only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World, the Great Spinx and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.
About Zayed University
Zayed University, the UAE’s flagship higher education institution, was established in 1998 and proudly bears the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In the spirit of Sheikh Zayed, the University is a pioneer and innovator in the field of education and research. The University currently has more than 10,500 Emirati and international students across its full range of undergraduate and postgraduate offerings.
Led by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, the University proudly serves the needs of the nation and contributes to the UAE’s economic, social and cultural progress, in its state-of-the-art campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It embraces innovation and its virtual learning programs use best-in-class technology.
Through research, scholarship, creative activities and outreach, Zayed University provides educational leadership, expands opportunity, and enriches the knowledge of local, regional, and global communities.
The University is proud of its role in encouraging academic excellence, promoting leadership skills and advancing knowledge. The University strives to encourage the potential and inspire the promise of all its students, whilst also accelerating change in the UAE and contributing towards the nation’s ambitious plan for the next 50 years.