IR Student Chosen as Global Citizen ScholarMohammad Almishlawi, a third-year student in the Department of International Relations, was selected to be one of the Ban Ki-Moon Centerâ€™s first four global citizen scholars to participate in the 2018 European Forum Alpbach, held in Alpbach, Austria, in August.
The Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens is an independent, nonprofit, quasi-international organization headquartered in Vienna, whose mission is â€śto empower youth and women worldwide to thrive and act as global citizens in a peaceful and prosperous world.â€ť The Center was founded by former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and former president of Austria Heinz Fischer.
Established in 1945, the European Forum Alpach is â€śan interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture aiming to create a dialogue across the generational, ideological and other lines that divide people.â€ť The annual forum and other events held throughout the year address current socio-political questions and connect â€śinternational decision makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people.â€ť
To be selected, each scholar had to show that they were active as a global citizen in their community. During the forum, the scholars had a busy schedule, including opportunities to engage face-to-face with the Centerâ€™s board and co-chairs. One event was dedicated to the scholars sharing their stories and plans for their future work as global citizens.
Mohammad, who is from Lebanon, experienced life as a refugee firsthand but was enabled to pursue higher education by the Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP). He now gives back to his community as a volunteer with ULYP and, as a committed advocate for education for all, concentrates his efforts on goal Number 4 of the United Nationsâ€™ 17 Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education.