Adrian College Student Receives Qatar Exchange Fellowship/Malone Fellowship

Junior, Andrew Haring, visits Qatar as part of the program.

ADRIAN, Mich (December 7, 2015) – Adrian College junior, Andrew Haring, was recently awarded the Qatar Exchange and Malone Fellowship, sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. The fully funded fellowship included a study visit to Qatar from November 27 to December 4. Andrew is one of 15 students and educators across the United States who received the State of Qatar Exchange and Malone Fellowship.

“This was the first time I have left North America and I loved every minute of it,” Haring said. “Qatar was different from I thought it would be.  They have the old style markets but have [updated] historic looking buildings.  The entire city seemed “under construction” as they prepare for the 2022 World FIFA Cup.”

“During the trip we did a lot of Q&A with the different ministries,” Haring adds.  “We also visited their Ras Laffen gas plant – which requires high security clearance to enter.”

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), which also organizes the Model Arab League, sponsors the State of Qatar Exchange and Malone Fellowship. The Model Arab League is a program in which American students simulate the activities of the League of Arab States, an inter-governmental organization whose members include the 22 Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  Participants in the MAL form mock delegations representing a specific League member country, and negotiate with other country delegations to pass resolutions addressing matters of joint concern. The purpose of Model Arab League is to enrich students’ understanding of politics in the Arab world and of how international diplomacy works.  It is also serves as an opportunity to hone public speaking and negotiation skills.

Andrew was offered this fellowship based on his active involvement in the Model Arab League.  Adrian College has participated in the MAL for the last decade, and Haring has participated in both the Michigan Model Arab League at GVSU and the National University Model Arab League (NUMAL) at Georgetown University. He has also been a regular participant in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) in Chicago.

“As a founder of the Adrian College Model Arab League program, I am immensely proud of Andrew and the great effort behind his receiving this highly competitive award,” said Dr. Philip J. Howe, associate professor, political science department.

“It should be noted that AC students have a history of successful participation in the Model Arab League program.  In 2011 undergraduate Katlyn Westmaas received a NCUSAR-sponsored Woman Student Leaders fellowship which funded a similar study visit to Saudi Arabia.”

Andrew says that he is required to share his experiences as part of the fellowship; he is available to speak on topics related to the Middle East, and specifically Qatar, with Adrian College and the greater community. Andrew can be reached via email at aharing@adrian.edu.