|HPU students recently participated in the first-ever
University WorldQuest, a team-based game that challenges participants’ knowledge
of the world. HPU’s two teams of four players each competed
against groups from University of Hawai‘i –Manoa,
winning first and second place.
It was a phenomenal turnout,” said Daniyal Saud, coach
and coordinator for the HPU WorldQuest team. “HPU teams
were awarded a total of $600 in prize money and gifts,” Saud
added. “We went in not knowing what to expect and won with
a great lead.”
Students for the HPU teams were selected to participate through
two student organizations, the International Affairs Club and
the United Nations Club. The two HPU teams included:
Patrick Branco, majoring in international relations and political
Jonathon Tyler Cade, majoring in diplomacy and military studies
Na Sil Heo, majoring in teaching English as a second language
Jenelle Lewis, majoring in international relations
Angela Lollie, majoring in international studies
Vikram Patterson, majoring in international relations
Iyar Mauricio, majoring in international business
Daniyal Saud, majoring in international studies and biochemistry
I selected students with various backgrounds,” Saud said. “Many
were international and all were bilingual and had experience
in traveling abroad.
Taking part in events such as University WorldQuest requires
students to do a lot of work on their own without getting a course
credit, so I felt it was important for participants to have passion,
courage of conviction, and perseverance to achieve success in
Each team’s knowledge was tested by 10 multiple choice
questions in categories including United Nations; Olympics: Hawai‘i
Connections; current events/people in the news from Jan. to Sept.
2008; geography of Asia and the Pacific; world religions; and
international humanitarian relief organizations.
WorldQuest has allowed students to gain valuable skills working
in teams, researching topics, and developing leadership skills,” said
Dr. Carlos Juarez, dean of HPU’s College of International
Studies and member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific and
Asian Affairs Council (PAAC). “They also learned the tradecraft
and techniques of diplomacy, making friends at other campuses,
and gained experience that will help them in future careers with
international organizations, government, and business.”
Juarez has been a past judge for Academic WorldQuest, a competition
designed for high school students.
We’ve had the high school competition in place for several
years now, and we decided to hold a similar game at the university
level as an opportunity to bring students together from various
universities in town,” Juarez said. “It was an easy
thing to do since we already knew how to run the competition.
It gave students a chance to connect and meet others with similar
interests and foster international affairs education throughout
Taking part in University WorldQuest is central to HPU’s
mission to educate for global citizenship, allowing students
to serve as ambassadors for HPU and showcase their knowledge
and understanding of global issues.
The HPU students represented a mix of local, mainland, and international
students, who have lived, traveled, and studied abroad,” Juarez
added, “which in turn showcased our global-learning community.
The topics in the various categories,” Juarez continued, “were
key challenges facing the world—politics, social, and humanitarian
issues—and students demonstrated how they are prepared
to be leaders to help solve many of these transnational problems.”
For more information about University WorldQuest, call or e-mail
Juarez at 566-2493 or email@example.com or Jill Takasaka-Canfield,
PAAC executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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