UA Little Rock MAL also hosts the annual High School Model Arab League Conference. This conference has also grown tremendously from 80 students in 2011 to more than 160 students in 2019. Traveling from across Arkansas and from bordering states, our participants are the future of collegiate level Model Arab League competitions.
This past spring, the High School Model Arab League Conference occurred on Feb. 22-23, 2019 with a total of 176 students from 10 different high schools. Participants were addressed by both Chancellor Andrew Rogerson and the Imam, Dr. Mahmoud Hassan E. Hassanein, from the Islamic Center at the opening session. In addition, Mariam Bouzihay, a UA Little Rock senior psychology student from Jonesboro, discussed her fellowship experience in Qatar where she learned about the country’s culture, society, and economics, as well as government priorities, concerns, and needs as pertaining to Qatari-U.S. relations. On Saturday morning, the students worked together to respond to a crisis in the Arab world. Speaking at the closing session, Dr. Christopher Williams discussed identity, migration, and a changing Europe. Congratulations to all participants for this successful conference.