The upcoming 18th Annual Southeast Model African Union (SEMAU) Conference will be hosted by Clayton State University from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 in the James M. Baker University Center on behalf of the University System Africa Council and the University System of Georgia. Dr. Augustine E. Ayuk, Clayton State University associate professor of Political Science is the director of SEMAU 2014 and is welcoming college students from across the state to this annual event.
SEMAU is a simulation, modeled after the Model U.N.; a student-centered undertaking designed to assist students to gain valuable knowledge of diplomatic codes of behavior as well as enhance their leadership aptitude. Students will also learn how to use and apply parliamentary procedures using Robert’s Rules of Order.
According to Ayuk, SEMAU is designed to enrich and enhance the students’ understanding of the political, economic, environmental, human rights, social and cultural dimensions of different African countries and how they relate to each other and the rest of the world as members of the African Union. Given the important learning potential of events like SEMAU, Ayuk also professes his thanks for the support of the Clayton State Office of International Programs, his department chair, Dr. Rafik Mohamed, and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Nasser Momayezi.
Each participant in SEMAU will choose a committee he/she wants to participate in, research their selected country, draft, discuss, and vote on resolutions that address major problems in the selected country in particular, and the continent of Africa at large. The simulation will also expose students to a wide array of issues relating to Africa. It will boost students’ understanding of the capabilities and limitations governments in Africa face in dealing with the aforementioned challenges. The conference will also give students an opportunity to meet and make new friends and share their college experiences.
For more information on SEMAU 2014, go to the official SEMAU 2014 website at http://www.clayton.edu/semau.