Future Diplomat Story on UN Conference Simulation

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Members of Airlangga Model United Nation (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – What’s on your mind when you heard “International Relations Students”? You must have thought about our future diplomats who represent Indonesia in international conference.

Not a few students of International Relations program (HI), Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) UNAIR have had experience to take part in international conference.  One of the regular events in which they always participate annually UN conference simulation or known as model united nations (MUN).

Chosen as the members of delegation in prestigious international diplomacy and negotiating event was an achievement. There were many UNAIR students who had an experience to compete in   UN conference simulation or known as model united nations (MUN).

Students of HI, FISIP UNAIR have participated in many MUN events. Some of them which they often take part in are  Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), Harvard World Model United Nations (WMUN), and Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC).

A student of HI, FISIP UNAIR, Husein Al Asghor, with other UNAIR delegation members have just been to HNMUN in Massachusetts, The USA. He has made some memorable moments in Uncle Sam’s country.

“I have had great experience as I always want to work in an international organization such as UN. In the event I could not only practice my negotiating and public speaking skills but also my socializing skill,” said Husein who have just been back from HNMUN 2016.

It was quite an experience going abroad to participate in an international forum or event. So was it for Husein.

“We also visited important places when we were there. Bu Citra (a lecturer) has told us if we participate in an international forum abroad, we’ll get invaluable experience such as meeting and being in foreign places,” Husein said.

Different event will give different experience. Ni Putu Indah Maharani, a student of HI UNAIR, has also participated in HWMUN. It was held in 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.

“In HWMUN, the venues are different from one another, so it attracts more universities to participate. Therefore, HWMUN is more plural as there are more delegations and collaborative cultural elements. In HWMUN, the diplomatic style is softer,” said Rani, a participant of HWMUN 2015.

Being addicted to HWMUN event, Rani is going to participate HWMUN 2016 which will be held on March 14-18 in Rome, Italy.

Another student of HI UNAIR, Bella Fokker, is going to participate in AMUNC on July 16 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has just been named as a delegation member for AMUNC after her abstract composition on Rohingya ethnics was approved by the selection committee. To prepare for AMUNC 2016, she is now training with the other members of the delegations.   (*)

Author: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh

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