Taylor’s College Selected to Host Malaysia’s First Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference
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 organizing committee for the twenty-second session of the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference 2016 (AMUNC 2016).
This annual travelling Model United Nations Conference will be held from 11th to 16th July 2016 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 established in 1995, the AMUNC will be held outside the Australasian region.
The 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 activities program. The model conference serves as a platform for students to be exposed on the intellectual and morally demanding world of the diplomatic ambassador. 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 notion 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. Being the leader in international pre-university programs, Taylor’s College will continue to inspire students from all backgrounds with life skills that will ultimately shape the future of their environment, communities and nations,” said Craig Sherrin, President of Taylor’s College.
The AMUNC is aimed at building intellectual rapport among students whilst instill 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 harmoniously solve the issues at hand.
Led by Taylor’s College students, the organizing 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. We are looking forward to participating and organizing the AMUNC 2016, which will touch on topics that are relevant to today’s modern day problems and put forth solutions to resolve issues. Model United Nations is not just about representing your country and standing for the betterment of your people, but to improve yourself at a personal level” added Xiandi Ooi, Secretary-General of the AMUNC 2016 Organizing Committee.
As an added bonus, the Secretary General to the United Nations, his Excellency Ban Ki-Moon is scheduled to give a personal video appearance and also a speech at this historic event. Other keynote and guest speakers include Rizmel Dato Abdul Malik, member of Youth Parliamentarian of Perak and Rakhi Sahi, Security Advisor of United Nations Department of Safety and Security.
For more information on Taylor’s College, please visit here or AMUNC website.