The Emperor Charlemagne once said, “To have another language is to possess a second soul,” demonstrating the long recognized benefits of multilingualism.
In an effort to promote multilingualism among today’s university students United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Educational Services Inc. have partnered together for the third straight year to co-sponsor the Many Languages, One World essay contest.
The contest invites university and college students aged 18 and older to write an essay on the role of multilingualism in advancing global citizenship in one of the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Students must write the essay in a language that is not their mother tongue or primary language of instruction. The goal of the contest is to promote peace and cross cultural understanding through the study of languages, and to highlight for students the life enriching benefits of mastering other languages.
"The contest is an encouragement of the exploration of language, the adventure and the sharing that its understanding can bring," said Cristina Gallach, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.
A total of 60 winners will be selected, 10 for each of the official UN languages, to attend a week long Global Youth Forum in New York City, culminating in an opportunity to speak in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
In 2015, more than 3500 people from 130 countries took part in the initial phase of the contest, and 70 students from 42 countries representing 60 universities were selected as winners.
ELS President and CEO Mark Harris noted that while learning other languages opens doors and provides opportunities, it also allows people to unlearn harmful stereotypes and biases because they can communicate with people across cultures and from different backgrounds.
The deadline for essay submissions is 31 March 2016. To learn more about contest rules and eligibility go to the official contest website. To see how last year’s winners enjoyed the Global Youth Forum check out this video.
United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and ELS Educational Services, Inc., are pleased to announce that 60 students have been selected as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest. This is the third year ELS Educational Services Inc. and UNAI have partnered to organize Many Languages, One World®.
The winners have been invited to attend the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The event includes an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Students will present action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Many Languages, One World contest challenged college and university students around the globe to write an essay examining global citizenship, cultural understanding and the role that multilingualism can play in fostering both. Entrants submitted essays in one of the six official United Nations languages, which could be neither the student’s first language nor his/her primary language of instruction. More than 9,000 individuals from 165 countries took part in the initial phase of the contest. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
The 60 winners were selected from a pool of over 3,600 entrants. United Nations Academic Impact and ELS would like to congratulate the 60 winners of the Many Languages, One World® 2016 essay contest.
The winners are as follows:
|NAME||UNIVERSITY||HOME COUNTRY||LANGUAGE GROUP|
|Abdul Gafoor Kunnathodi||Jawaharlal Nehru University||India||Arabic|
|David Scot Chesnut||Defense Language Institute||United States||Arabic|
|Gabriela Rossainzz Jardon||University of Oklahoma||United States||Arabic|
|Guohong Liao||Xi`an International Studies University||China||Arabic|
|Jamie Deanne Clegg||Brigham Young University||United States||Arabic|
|Michelle Elizabeth Carney||University of Oklahoma||United States||Arabic|
|Rachel Anne Lott||Brigham Young University||United States||Arabic|
|Shabab Anwar||Jawaharlal Nehru University||India||Arabic|
|Sophia Clara Smith Galer||Durham University||United Kingdom||Arabic|
|Xiaowen Sha||Shanghai International Studies University||China||Arabic|
|Bolor-Erdene Mendbayar||Renmin University of China||Mongolia||Chinese|
|Francisco Enrique Lopez de la Pena||New York University Abu Dhabi||Mexico||Chinese|
|Léa Agathe Buatois||ENS de Lyon||France||Chinese|
|Mahmud Abdul-Nazif||Jiangsu University||Ghana||Chinese|
|Moldir Arapova||Heilongjiang University||Kazakhstan||Chinese|
|Nham Thi Ngo||Tomsk Polytechnic University||Vietnam||Chinese|
|Nishchit Pandey||Jiangsu University||Nepal||Chinese|
|Oumarou Zougmore||Chinese Culture University||Burkina Faso||Chinese|
|Qianying Zheng||Kobe City University of Foreign Studies||Japan||Chinese|
|Ritika Philip||University of Pennsylvania||India||Chinese|
|Amani Alfred Naburi||African Leadership University||Tanzania||English|
|Bahati Ernestine Hategekimana||Moi University||Kenya||English|
|Federico Wynter||Universidad ORT Uruguay||Uruguay||English|
|Jorge Federico Jaef||Universidad Nacional de Rosario||Argentina||English|
|Maria Jose Ramirez Cañas||University of Edinburgh||Chile||English|
|Ngoc Minh Tu||Texas Christian University||Vietnam||English|
|Rind AlHage||Université Saint-Joseph||Lebanon||English|
|Shazana Eliza Rohr||Rijksuniversiteit Groningen||Germany||English|
|Tom Claudino dos Santos||Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina||Brazil||English|
|Venus Suleiman Akef||University of Cincinnati||Iraq||English|
|Anna Khalonina||Saint-Petersburg State University||Russia||French|
|Aparna Clarke||University College London||United Kingdom||French|
|Elisa Capobianco||Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza||Italy||French|
|Guillermo Antonio Vidarte||Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales||Argentina||French|
|Jose Ildo de Oliveira Junior||Universidade Federal de Sergipe||Brazil||French|
|Karina Aracely Gonzalez Sanchez||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||United States||French|
|Matthew Anthony Trojic||Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 Ecole Superieure d'Interpretes et de Traducteurs||United States||French|
|Melina Blostein||Facultad de Filosofía y Letras - Universidad de Buenos Aires||Argentina||French|
|Pooya Naderi||Université de Picardie Jules Verne||Iran||French|
|Sebastian Raphael Heinz||TU München||Germany||French|
|Adrian Savcenco||State University of Moldova||Moldova||Russian|
|Cristina Crăciun||Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences||Romania||Russian|
|Diana Marwan Khasawneh||Yarmouk University||Jordan||Russian|
|Ihor Kasianov||Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University||Ukraine||Russian|
|Kim Ngan Thi Le||Tomsk Polytechnic University||Vietnam||Russian|
|Mahinbonu Abdualievna Toshmatova||Khujand State University||Tajikistan||Russian|
|Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Petrenko||Odessa National Medical University||Ukraine||Russian|
|Sardor Khusanov||Tashkent Chemical-Technological Institute||Uzbekistan||Russian|
|Sheroz Juraev||Bologna University||Tajikistan||Russian|
|Yelyzaveta Dovhinka||National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy||Ukraine||Russian|
|Anindita Roy||Jawaharlal Nehru University||India||Spanish|
|Ellen Da Silva||Universidade de Brasília||Brazil||Spanish|
|Karla Drpic||University of Essex||Croatia||Spanish|
|Leonardo Alves||Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul||Brazil||Spanish|
|Luke McCluskey||Universidad Pontificia Comillas||Ireland||Spanish|
|Sammy Duncan Musungu||Universidad Nacional Experimental Fransisco de Miranda||Kenya||Spanish|
|Tallulah Matilda Doris Bur||University of Sydney||Australia||Spanish|
|Tijana Čupić||Freie Universität||Serbia||Spanish|
|Tom Okot||Earth University||Uganda||Spanish|
|Xiaofeng Xu||University of Cambridge||China||Spanish|