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Un 2016 Essay

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:

Abdul Gafoor KunnathodiJawaharlal Nehru UniversityIndiaArabic
David Scot ChesnutDefense Language InstituteUnited StatesArabic
Gabriela Rossainzz JardonUniversity of OklahomaUnited StatesArabic
Guohong LiaoXi`an International Studies UniversityChinaArabic
Jamie Deanne CleggBrigham Young UniversityUnited StatesArabic
Michelle Elizabeth CarneyUniversity of OklahomaUnited StatesArabic
Rachel Anne LottBrigham Young UniversityUnited StatesArabic
Shabab AnwarJawaharlal Nehru UniversityIndiaArabic
Sophia Clara Smith GalerDurham UniversityUnited KingdomArabic
Xiaowen ShaShanghai International Studies UniversityChinaArabic
Bolor-Erdene MendbayarRenmin University of ChinaMongoliaChinese
Francisco Enrique Lopez de la PenaNew York University Abu DhabiMexicoChinese
Léa Agathe BuatoisENS de LyonFranceChinese
Mahmud Abdul-NazifJiangsu UniversityGhanaChinese
Moldir ArapovaHeilongjiang UniversityKazakhstanChinese
Nham Thi NgoTomsk Polytechnic UniversityVietnamChinese
Nishchit PandeyJiangsu UniversityNepalChinese
Oumarou ZougmoreChinese Culture UniversityBurkina FasoChinese
Qianying ZhengKobe City University of Foreign StudiesJapanChinese
Ritika PhilipUniversity of PennsylvaniaIndiaChinese
Amani Alfred NaburiAfrican Leadership UniversityTanzaniaEnglish
Bahati Ernestine HategekimanaMoi UniversityKenyaEnglish
Federico WynterUniversidad ORT UruguayUruguayEnglish
Jorge Federico JaefUniversidad Nacional de RosarioArgentinaEnglish
Maria Jose Ramirez CañasUniversity of EdinburghChileEnglish
Ngoc Minh TuTexas Christian UniversityVietnamEnglish
Rind AlHageUniversité Saint-JosephLebanonEnglish
Shazana Eliza RohrRijksuniversiteit GroningenGermanyEnglish
Tom Claudino dos SantosUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaBrazilEnglish
Venus  Suleiman AkefUniversity of CincinnatiIraqEnglish
Anna KhaloninaSaint-Petersburg State UniversityRussiaFrench
Aparna ClarkeUniversity College LondonUnited KingdomFrench
Elisa CapobiancoUniversità degli studi di Roma La SapienzaItalyFrench
Guillermo Antonio VidarteUniversidad Nacional del Litoral - Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y SocialesArgentinaFrench
Jose Ildo de Oliveira JuniorUniversidade Federal de SergipeBrazilFrench
Karina Aracely Gonzalez SanchezUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited StatesFrench
Matthew Anthony TrojicUniversite Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 Ecole Superieure d'Interpretes et de TraducteursUnited StatesFrench
Melina BlosteinFacultad de Filosofía y Letras - Universidad de Buenos AiresArgentinaFrench
Pooya NaderiUniversité de Picardie Jules VerneIranFrench
Sebastian Raphael HeinzTU MünchenGermanyFrench
Adrian SavcencoState University of MoldovaMoldovaRussian
Cristina CrăciunHochschule Fulda University of Applied SciencesRomaniaRussian
Diana Marwan KhasawnehYarmouk UniversityJordanRussian
Ihor KasianovYaroslav Mudryi National Law UniversityUkraineRussian
Kim Ngan Thi LeTomsk Polytechnic UniversityVietnamRussian
Mahinbonu Abdualievna ToshmatovaKhujand State UniversityTajikistanRussian
Oleksandr Oleksandrovych PetrenkoOdessa National Medical UniversityUkraineRussian
Sardor KhusanovTashkent Chemical-Technological InstituteUzbekistanRussian
Sheroz JuraevBologna UniversityTajikistanRussian
Yelyzaveta DovhinkaNational University of Kyiv-Mohyla AcademyUkraineRussian
Anindita RoyJawaharlal Nehru UniversityIndiaSpanish
Ellen Da SilvaUniversidade de BrasíliaBrazilSpanish
Karla DrpicUniversity of EssexCroatiaSpanish
Leonardo AlvesUniversidade de Santa Cruz do SulBrazilSpanish
Luke McCluskeyUniversidad Pontificia ComillasIrelandSpanish
Sammy Duncan MusunguUniversidad Nacional Experimental Fransisco de MirandaKenyaSpanish
Tallulah Matilda Doris BurUniversity of SydneyAustraliaSpanish
Tijana ČupićFreie UniversitätSerbiaSpanish
Tom OkotEarth UniversityUgandaSpanish
Xiaofeng XuUniversity of CambridgeChinaSpanish