Bahrain Polytechnic hosted its first Negotiation Competition at the campus on 11th and 12th May 2018, where students participated in teams of two to negotiate complex contractual agreements.
As negotiation is one of the top employability skills required in all industries, the competition was open to all Polytechnic degree students to register, especially since the disputes varied in scope to encompass different abilities and degree programmes.
Prior to the start of the Bahrain Polytechnic Negotiation Competition (BPNC), students were required to attend three negotiation skills training classes before being able to participate in the competition. The format of the two-day competition was a knockout, where 20 students in teams of two challenged each other in front of a panel of judges.
Students engaged in captivating negotiations on matters relating to landlord and tenant agreement, merger of two separate departments in a company, contract to engage the services of a medical consultant, and the transfer of an Egyptian footballer to an English football club.
On the final day, the first, second, and third place winners were awarded, including special awards to students who have performed outstandingly, such as best bargaining skills and best structure in a negotiation.
Ms. Yasmin Sebah, the organizer of the BPNC, commented: “The competition allowed the participants to challenge themselves and others, it provided the opportunity for constructive feedback and critique from a panel of judges and the opportunity for students to engage with polytechnic staff and industry experts from the business, legal, engineering and insurance sector.
“All students showed great enthusiasm and dedication in their preparation for the competition, team work, ability to work collegially with the other team and commitment towards reaching an outcome that satisfies their needs.” said Ms. Sebah.
Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic, stated: “Involving our students in such competitions allows them to express themselves and test the skills that they have learnt. As we adopt the problem-based learning approach at the Polytechnic, this competition is structured to test how students can analyze and solve real-life problems.
“We were delighted to host such a competition at our campus, and we hope that we can continue to organize similar competitions in the future.” concluded the CEO.
The results for the competition were as follows:
Winners (Bachelor of Engineering Technology students):
- Zaid Ali Shaker AlTawash,
- Osama AbdulHafeez Hafiz Raikhy
Second Place (Bachelor of Business students):
- Dalya Dashti
- Maryam Al Khenaizi
Third Place (Bachelor of International Logistics Management):
- Muhanna Ghanem Saleem
- Aysha Mian