18 July 2016

Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Meet at United Nations General Assembly in July 2016

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 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