A University of Jordan (UJ) team has won the 2nd place of the regional fall 2016 Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Challenging Extremism competition which took place during the period from 26 February 2016 to 3 March 2017 in Washington DC.
The team presented their digital counter extremism campaign 'Athar', which denotes that "small actions can make a big impact".
P2P is a global university initiative implemented in over 200 colleges and universities around the world, where university students from around the world develop and execute campaigns and social media strategies against extremism that are credible, authentic, and believable to their peers and resonate within their communities.
The competition is organized by NESA Center for Strategic Studies in partnership with Facebook and EdVenture Partners.
During this regional competition, three of the top teams from the Near East and South Asia region, from over 20 that made the previous rounds in the fall 2016 competition, competed in Washington, D.C. for the title of regional winner.
The three teams in this year’s finals included Universite Saint Joseph in Lebanon, with their project Ta3a Sob El Fan, the University of Jordan, with their project Athar, and the University of Kuwait, with their project of andyouq8.
UJ team had the opportunity to interact and network with senior international military and government security professionals from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia region, who were concurrently participating in the NESA Center’s Senior Executive Seminar.
UJ president Prof. Azmi Mahafzah, in presence of ice President for Centers and Community Service Affairs Prof. Musa Al Lozi, received the team members in his office and congratulated them on the win. During the meeting, team leader student Ahmad Nashnash presented an explanation about 'Athar' and spoke about the team's participation in the Competition.
The team extended their appreciations for the continued support and encouragement received from the University administration.