By Gutlymurat Kadyrov
In a remarkable showcase of talent and environmental advocacy, students from the International University for the Humanities and Development (IUHD) achieved the second place at the 23rd Annual Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition held in Dubai, UAE. The event, organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), took place from November 20 to 23, 2023, at the Higher Colleges of Technology.
The competition, conducted by EEG, brought together over 450 students from 89 teams representing 24 countries, creating a vibrant platform for undergraduate youth to express their concerns about environmental issues. The bilingual (Arabic/English) competition encouraged participants to explore innovative solutions to global challenges. The event, designed in a hybrid format, allowed teams the option to engage either virtually or in person, promoting inclusivity and enabling teams from diverse regions to participate successfully.
This year's competition centered around the crucial environmental topics such as “Environmental Policies and Regulations: Are they Enough?”, “Rising Energy Demands: Satiable with Renewable Energy or Oil Indispensable?”, “Multinational Corporations: Compelling Economic Growth or Environmental Degradation?”, and “The Omnipresent Microplastics: The Unseen Pandemic”.
IUHD's team, comprised of students from the faculty of International Economics and Management – Shabibi Nurlyyeva, Maral Allaberdyyeva, Davut Gurbanaliyev, Agayusup Ashyrov, and Pirmuhammet Azadov supervised by the Instructor of Management department Agajan Shasaparov – delivered an outstanding presentation on the topic "Rising Energy Demands: Satiable with Renewable Energy or Oil Indispensable?" and secured the second-place position.
The annual competition, a cornerstone of EEG's initiatives, aims to educate and empower the younger generation, encouraging their active involvement in community and regional sustainable development. The four-day event provided an exceptional educational platform for institutions worldwide, fostering a deeper understanding of various environmental challenges.
IUHD's participation not only highlighted the academic prowess of its students but also contributed to the university's commitment to fostering research activities and enhancing the professional knowledge and skills of its team members. The competition, marked by intense deliberations and insightful presentations, exemplified the dedication of IUHD's students to addressing the pressing environmental concerns of our time.
As the winners returned to IUHD, they brought back not just a trophy but a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to environmental stewardship. The IUHD community congratulates the students on their remarkable achievement and looks forward to further opportunities for its community to engage in meaningful discussions on sustainability and environmental conservation.
Instructor of International Relations department of IUHD