College plays host for meet

  • Education
  • Sunday, 05 Jun 2016

LOCAL and international tertiary students around Malaysia will have the opportunity to exercise diplomatic skills by debating on global issues, ideas and solutions.

It comes as Taylor’s College was recently named the host and organising committee for the 22nd session of the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference 2016 (AMUNC 2016).

This annual travelling Model United Nations Conference will be held from July 11 to 16 at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.

It will host approximately 600 student delegates from Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, making it one of the largest regional model UN conferences in the world.

For the first time in its history since it was established in 1995, the AMUNC will be held outside the Australasian region.

AMUNC 2016 is run entirely by student volunteers for university students, encompassing a variety of activities including role-playing committees, guest speakers, career information booths and an extensive evening social activity programme.

Up to the challenge: The organising committee for the conference comprises students from Taylor’s College.
Up to the challenge: The organising committee for the conference comprises students from Taylor’s College.

The model conference serves as a platform for students to be exposed to the intellectual and morally demanding world of diplomacy.

The topics discussed throughout the session include disarmament and international security, law, economics, human rights, health, children’s rights and also the environment.

“We are proud to have pushed this motion through for the conference to be held in the Asean region as it will benefit young minds with a holistic learning experience.

“As future leaders and decision makers, it is crucial for students to gain an understanding of politics and international development that will cultivate teamwork, collaborations and communication skills,” said Taylor’s College president Craig Sherrin.

AMUNC is aimed at building intellectual rapport among students while instilling leadership and communications skills among participating delegates.

It also aims to connect the Model United Nations (MUN) community from all over the world to collaboratively solve international issues and reach a mutual understanding, which also provides a platform for all delegates to improve their critical thinking skills to solve the issues at hand.

Led by Taylor’s College students, the organising committee is made up of 25 individuals, consisting of 14 main secretariats. The committees are made up of pre-university students ranging from Cambridge A levels, South Australian Matriculations and Canadian Pre-University programmes.

“I was first introduced to the world of MUN a little more than a year ago.

“It was an interesting experience of interacting with people from different education background,” said AMUNC 2016 organising committee secretary-general Xiandi Ooi.

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon will add a touch of realism, with his scheduled delivery of his speech via videoconferencing. Meanwhile, conference speakers include Datuk Nicol David, Matthias Gelber, Rizmel Abdul Malik, Tricia Yeoh, Rakhi Sahi, and Moe Thuzar.

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