Model Arab League

 

Southeast Regional Model Arab League (SERMAL)

Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C.
 

542557_436461516372612_346756781_nThis is a part of the NCUSAR Collegiate Conference group.  We attended the Southeast Regional in 2005 – 2006, and then added it as a permanent aspect of our schedule in 2008.  The conference features schools from 8 southern states, including several Nationals delegations.  In addition to one of the highest levels of debate available to our students, SERMAL provides a unique opportunity for our students to develop academic and personal relations with students from some of the Elite teams of the Model Arab League family. 

Our team at SERMAL

Northeastern has been one of the fundamental pieces of the Southeast Regional for several years.  Our participation began as an effort of mutual cooperation and respect between the hosts of the Southeast Regional (Converse College) and the host of the Northeast Regional (Northeastern Univeristy).  Northeastern brings a high caliber debate performance to an already high caliber room of delegates.

Northeastern’s teams to SERMAL have been offering an effective and rewarding experience for NU students for many years.  In the past several years, NU has travelled on average 18 students and advisors to Spartanburg, South Carolina for 4 days of debate, learning, and team building. Our delegation has included conference leadership, in the form of Committee Chairs and the Chief Justice of the Court.  NU’s team continues to be one of the most highly awarded participants at the Conference.  Our awards placing has seen NU in the top 3 delegations ever year since the 2008 conference, including a first place showing at the 2011 SERMAL.

 

 National University Model Arab League

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
 

578279_436461363039294_978960968_n This is the most prestigious Model Arab League in the country.  22-24 schools come to Washington, DC, comprising the very best MAL teams from each of the Regional conferences.  In addition the schools attend meetings with the diplomats from the countries in which they represent, visit embassies, and tour the city.  Students, selected through a competitive application process, run the conference’s academic and logistical elements. In all, the conference offers an exceptional learning and leadership environment.

Our team at NUMAL

2012 NUMAL Team at Syrian Embassy

2012 NUMAL Team at Syrian Embassy

Northeastern is one of the oldest participants in the Nationals conference. In its infancy, we fielded as many as three small delegations to the conference.  In its current form, NU brings one team with an average of 24 students and advisors.  Our team includes at minimum, 16 representatives of our state, conference staff, and team leadership. Every year since 2001, NU has held at least one leadership position.  In some years this has expanded to over half the student leadership at the conference, and NU has held the Secretary Generalship (the highest position in the conference) five times in the past 10 years.  On top of holding these honors the IRC has performed incredibly well.  Starting in 2001, NU began a legacy of award winning performances at the conference.  This has culminated in more recent years, at which NU has placed in the top 5 teams annually. Our recent performance is as follows:

2013: First Place, Representing Qatar

2012: First Place, Representing Syria

2011:  First Place, Representing Algeria

2010:  First Place, Representing Saudi Arabia

2009:  Second Place, Representing Iraq

2008:  First Place, Representing Kuwait

2007:  Third Place, Representing Egypt

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