Indian students make it to the winner’s list of Multilingual Essay Contest ‘Many Languages, One World ’

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Rear View Of High School Students Walking Into College Building Together

ELS Educational Services, Inc., is pleased to announce that 60 students from around the world have been selected as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World® international essay contest, four of whom are Indians. This is the third year ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have organized the essay contest

The winners had the chance to attend the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The event included an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and the opportunity to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Students, at the forum, presented education plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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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 the multilingual ability can have in fostering both. Entrants submitted essays in one of the six official United Nations languages, which should be neither the student’s first language nor in 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

Mallik Sundaram, Director- India, ELS Education Services, said, “ I was proud to attend the Global Youth forum. Every year we have winners from India who outshine at the conference among other students who have participated from different parts of the world. I believe that the internationalization of the Indian Education System will help in offering Indian students access to the best educational exposure from all over the world. This contest is a strong example of what a bright Indian student with multilingual ability can achieve in a competitive global forum.”

The 60 winners were selected from a pool of over 3,600 entrants. ELS would like to congratulate the 60 winners of the Many Languages, One World® 2016 essay contest. More than 350 students participated from India for the contest and 4 made it to the finals.

The details of the winners from India are as follows:

Mr. ABDUL GAFOOR KUNNATHODI India Jawaharlal Nehru University IN Doctorate Arabic Language and Literature
Ms. Ritika Philip India University of Pennsylvania US Bachelor International Studies & Business
Ms. Anindita Roy India Jawaharlal Nehru University IN Doctorate Spanish Filology

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ELS Educational Services( offers 55 years of expertise in assisting international students—more than 1,200,000 to date—achieve their personal and professional goals through English preparation and university study skills. ELS assists international students to identify

and gain entry to higher education institutions around the world, including in Australia, Canada, India and the United States.

The United Nations Academic Impact is a programme of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information. It is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent, as well as bodies whose substantive responsibilities relate to the conduct of research. Its essential frame of reference is:
 To bring into association with the United Nations, and with each other, institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
 To provide a mechanism for such institutions to commit themselves to the fundamental precepts driving the United
Nations mandate, in particular the realization of the universally determined Millennium Development Goals.

 To serve as a viable point of contact for ideas and proposals relevant to the United Nations mandate.
 To promote the direct engagement of institutions of higher education in programs, projects and initiatives relevant to
this mandate.
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Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science,
communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore- LIJ School of Medicine.

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