2013 Southeast Model African Union (SEMAU)
Conference, November 14th to 16th 2013
An invitation to Georgia's 17th SEMAU
From the SEMAU Director --
Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia is privileged to be the host institution for this year's Southeast Model African Union (SEMAU) Conference. On behalf of the University System Africa Council (USAC) and the University System of Georgia, I would like to invite you to the 17th annual SEMAU Conference. The simulation will be held from November 14th to 16th, 2013. This event will give students an opportunity to learn diplomacy and governmental organization through a unique simulation experience. The experience is bound to enrich and enhance their understanding of the political economic 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. Experience has shown that this mode of learning is very empowering. When the delegation members take on characteristics of their chosen countries and develop an understanding of African issues from an African perspective, they gain knowledge that is rewarding to them in their collegiate and community endeavors.
The Model African Union is a two-fold educational experience. As a participant, the first phase of your learning begins in the classroom or study sessions where you gather information, do research, and learn issues about a specific country. The second phase takes place in the simulated meetings of the actual commissions of the African Union, and this will be held at the Cunningham Center, at Columbus State University. Because both phases of the educational experience are important and necessary for the success of the conference, preparation of delegates is of utmost importance. Therefore, faculty advisors share a big responsibility of preparing their delegations both at the classroom level and at the conference.
Faculty advisors must demand that their delegates accurately develop and maintain the character of their country. Delegates must learn how to accept diverse interests among African countries. Accepting and appreciating these diverse interests enables the delegates to become more open-minded and often prevents them from accepting self-serving foreign policies. They also learn diplomatic protocols and leadership skills. By taking on these roles students simulate the African Union to reflect the various challenges and capabilities that shape intra-Africa patterns of conflict and cooperation.
The links on this website provide information about the rules, regulations, and other procedural information. Please feel free to print and distribute copies to your delegates and faculty advisors.
The University System Africa Council (USAC) is indeed happy to have the opportunity to meet and work with you. We look forward to your participation. For registration and other information, please contact the undersigned:
Director, Southeast Model African Union
Columbus State University
One of the guest speakers at this year's SEMAU Conference will be:
H.E. LIBERATA R. MULAMULA
AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Ambassador Liberata Mulamula before her appointment as Tanzania Ambassador and Extraordinary to the United States of America was Senior Personal Assistant to the President of the United Republic of Tanzania from March 2012.
Before that she served as the first Executive Secretary of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) with headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi, from 2006-2011. She also served at the Tanzania High Commission to Canada and Permanent Mission to New York as Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Chancery from 1999 to 2003 respectively before being appointed Ambassador and Director of Multilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Tanzania, the post she held up to the year 2006.
She was a part time lecturer on the
Art of Negotiations
at the Centre for Foreign Relations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and
participated in all the Rwandese Peace Talks, Burundi and DRC as
part of the Facilitators Team.
Amb. Mulamula is a graduate from St. John's University, New York where she obtained her MA (Government and Politics) and University of Dar-es Salaam in 1980 and 1989 respectively. She is married to George and have two kids, Tanya and Alvin.
H.E. Dr. Faida
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) to the United Stated in 2000
Photos from the last conference