A DCU student has been selected as one of 60 finalists who will present papers at the General Assembly of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Luke McCluskey, a third year Global Business (Spain) student, said he was absolutely over the moon to have been chosen as a winner. The first two years of Luke’s degree were spent in DCU and he is currently studying in Madrid, Spain as part of the programme.

He said:

“I am absolutely over the moon to have been chosen as a winner. I am extremely grateful for everything DCU has given me and I would like to thank all the DCU lecturers I have had since I began my studies, without whom none of this would have been possible. DCU is a wonderful university, and I hope to represent it as best I can at the United Nations”.

The students will travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York at the end of this month to present action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They will attend a Global Youth Forum at Hofstra University, Hempstead New York to help prepare for their presentations.

Luke McCluskey is the first Irish person to win the Many Languages, One World competition which is run by ELS Language Services and the United Nations Academic Impact.

The competition received 3,635 entries from 165 countries around the world. Students had to submit essays written in one of the six UN official languages that was not their first language. Luke submitted his essay in Spanish and discussed the important role that multilingualism plays in fostering global citizenship and cultural understanding.

He was then selected as one of the 60 finalists following an interview process.

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