Beirut Arab University launched a competition in standard Arabic language for university students in Lebanon aged between 17 to 25 years. The competition aims to encourage students to mainly use standard Arabic language, deepen their culture outside the university disciplines and refine their personalities. It also urges them to engage in dialogue, provide arguments to defend their ideas and respect others’ views.
Six teams participated in the competition from the Lebanese University, Lebanese American University, Notre Dame University – Louaize, La Sagesse University, Al-Jinan University and Beirut Arab University. In each round, two teams competed on one of ten previously-prepared topics.
The jury comprised Secretary-General of the Lebanese Writers Union Dr. Wajih Fanous, Editor-in-chief of An-Nahar Ghassan Hajjar, and Media Advisor and member of the Political Bureau of Al-Marda Movement Ms. Vera Yammine.
After being evaluated by the jury members, the first prize of $3,000 was awarded to students Hisham al-Janani and Mohammed Bazea from the Lebanese American University. The second prize of $2,000 was awarded to Carla Abu Dhiab and Liliane Abu Shahin from La Sagesse University. Maryam Suleiman and Malakeh Khalil from Beirut Arab University came third with $1,000.
BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi noted BAU’s keenness to select the topics that contribute to uncovering the way the youth think about the issues at hand. He stated that the competition also aims to raise the students’ level of oral performance and their ability to discuss and present ideas in clear standard Arabic to an audience, stressing the importance of preserving Arabic language despite all circumstances and challenges.
At the end of the competition, President El-Adawi presented the shield of the university to the participants and the jury members.