07 Jul 2017
For the first time, SIM took part in the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC), held from 19 to 23 June this year at the University of Hong Kong. It sent a team of seven who clinched two awards: Outstanding Delegate and Best Position Paper.
From left to right: Evangeline Chow, Cheryl Wijaya, Marcus Chee, Jonah Foong, Dianne Ignacio, Davynn Quek and Ahmad Johan.
Both Dianne Ignacio (left) and Marcus Chee won the Outstanding Delegate award.
The two were pair delegates in the Disarmament and International Security Committee.
These also marked SIM’s first awards at a Model United Nations (MUN) conference.
Cheryl Wijaya (centre) won the Best Position Paper award representing USA in the UN Human Rights Council. Source: AMUNC Facebook Page.
At MUN conferences, students roleplay as delegates, representing different countries on global issues in a mock United Nations setting. It is a popular academic activity for students worldwide at the high school and college levels, and focuses on public debate and research.
This year’s conference saw over 200 students from various universities across Asia participating. Diverse topics were covered, ranging from population ageing to nuclear disarmament.
Team Singapore at AMUNC 2017, featuring delegations from both the National University of Singapore and SIM.
Dianne Ignacio, who won the Outstanding Delegate award and is studying International Relations at SIM-University of London (UOL), thinks that conferences like AMUNC represent not only an opportunity for students, but also for the school.
“SIM, in sending a team, shows a level of commitment in par [sic] with other major regional universities in understanding the importance of partaking in such conferences that demand an entirely different kind of intellectual rigour that is difficult to utilise in a traditional school setting.”
For Cheryl Wijaya, who won Best Position Paper and is pursuing a Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences at SIM-UOL, the AMUNC was an opportunity for interpersonal growth.
“As a member of SIM International Affairs Society Model United Nations, I am truly joyful that we can fight together as a team, share our memories, and support each other throughout the journey. The long-lasting bond that I made with my friends is making me a stronger person.”