November 18, 2013
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ELS Educational Services Selects Adelphi University as Host of International Youth Forum

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Mark W. Harris, CEO and President of ELS Educational Services, Inc. and Dr. Robert A. Scott, President of Adelphi University

Mark W. Harris, CEO and President of ELS Educational Services, Inc. and Dr. Robert A. Scott, President of Adelphi University

On November 8, 2013, Mark W. Harris, CEO and President of ELS Educational Services, Inc. and Dr. Robert A. Scott, President of Adelphi University, finalized an agreement for Adelphi’s Garden City campus to host and bring together winners of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Student Essay Contest, “Many Languages, One World,” from June 25-29, 2014, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Sixty university students from all over the world, at least 18 years old, will be selected as winners of the global essay contest. ELS will award these students a full expense paid five-day trip to New York where they will have the distinct honor to make presentations at the United Nations headquarters on June 27 and interact in a global Youth Forum at Adelphi’s campus the remaining days.

“Adelphi University is proud to expand its partnership with ELS Educational Services,” said Dr. Scott, president of Adelphi University. “The University has a strong commitment to international education and working with the United Nations to raise awareness of pressing global issues. This global essay competition and youth forum further develop active and informed global citizens who share the same passion about community, studying different cultures, and experiencing the world.”

When asked about the decision to collaborate with Adelphi University as host of the Youth Forum, Mark W. Harris, President and CEO of ELS Educational Services said, “Adelphi University under the leadership of Dr. Robert A. Scott has a deep commitment to providing opportunities for international students to study in Garden City in order to enrich the educational experience of domestic students. Adelphi is also active promoting study abroad. The shared commitment to the UN Academic Impact principles and a common mission to globalization of tertiary education in the USA have been the foundation of the quarter-century long collaboration between Adelphi and ELS. This makes Adelphi the ideal setting to organize the 2014 Youth Forum to inspire young students from around the world to discuss these principles.”

The essay competition supports international education and multilingualism through the continued study of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, the six official languages of the United Nations. To qualify, a student’s essay (2,000 words or less) cannot be written in his or her native tongue, nor can it be written in the language of the student’s primary or secondary school instruction. A panel of international judges to be invited by the UNAI and ELS will select ten top winners in each language category. Submission deadline is February 21, 2014. 

The interaction and discussion will be centered on global issues derived from the 10 principles of the UNAI which was established in 2010 through the leadership of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. ELS Educational Services, of Princeton, New Jersey, the leading provider of both recruitment and intensive English programs to prepare international students for entry into undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States, has provided on-campus English for Academic Purposes programs at Adelphi’s Garden City campus and Manhattan Center for nearly 25 years.

The UNAI Youth Forum on global citizenship comes in the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter. The following principles of the United Nations Academic Impact will be discussed at the Youth Forum:

  • Human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion and speech
  • Educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity
  • Encouraging global citizenship through education
  • Advancing peace and conflict resolution through education
  • Addressing issues of poverty through education
  • Promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning” of intolerance, through education

Full details about the “Many Languages, One World” essay competition, including forms for entry and submission can be found at

From its inception, Adelphi University has been at the forefront of global change and a leader in educating its students on social justice issues and matters of international importance from poverty to human rights to sustainability to world health. Adelphi provides students with a global learning experience that fully prepares them for successful, fulfilling careers through innovative programming, dedicated faculty, comprehensive support and services, and diverse learning opportunities. Students graduate with the tools to compete and excel in their chosen fields, and the skills to address the needs of their communities.

With an ethnically diverse student body from 45 countries, all with different economic, political and social thinking, Adelphi provides an atmosphere that encourages cultural exchange and personal and professional growth. Adelphi’s Levermore Global Scholars (LGS) program builds on its long tradition of international inquiry that dates back to Dr. Charles H. Levermore, Adelphi’s first president, outspoken internationalist, friend and classmate of Woodrow Wilson, and recipient of the prestigious Bok Peace Prize. LGS is a program of distinction that prepares next-generation leaders by offering its students a unique opportunity to learn, reflect, and lead through civic and professional engagement in community projects, internships and study abroad. The Levermore Global Scholars Program regularly sends its students to represent the University at invitation-only NGO briefings at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Each semester, Adelphi’s International Leadership Coordinating Committee (ILCC) hosts a series of on campus lectures given by ambassadors from around the world.

Since 2003, Adelphi University has been recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations in recognition of the University’s commitment to bringing “global awareness of international issues and the United Nations to the University community and the public.” In 2010, the University also became a charter member of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative aimed at advancing the UN Millennium Development Goals. In partnership with UNAI, Adelphi hosts an annual campus-wide conference on peace and human rights.

For more on Adelphi’s academics, commitment to community engagement—both locally and globally, visit

els logoAbout ELS Education Services: ELS Educational Services is dedicated to providing quality information and counseling about colleges and universities providing programs of interest to international students. ELS provides direct entry pathways to more than 650 institutions with English and study skills training provided by ELS Language Centers in ten countries and on more than 50 university campuses.

ELS Educational Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Berlitz Corporation the leading Language and Leadership Training company in 72 countries worldwide since 1878.

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Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four— Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes, hands-on learning, and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 7,500 national and international students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs within New York City, the Hudson Valley and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world beyond.

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