Model UN group sets model example in New York

Apr 12 2012

In early April, 26 MacEwan University students took a trip of a lifetime to New York to participate in a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly. They returned home with more than an educational experience.

The university’s delegation, consisting of two business students and 24 arts and science students, was assigned to represent the Republic of Korea in debates as part of the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference.

“NMUN is the world’s largest simulation of the United Nations, and included over 5,000 delegates from six continents,” says Dr. Chaldeans Mensah, the students’ faculty advisor and the chair of the Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science.

At the end of the model assembly, the group was named a “Distinguished Delegation” – an award that ranked the MacEwan University students alongside students from the University of Ottawa, California State University, the University of New South Wales in Australia and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

To earn the award, the students consistently remained in character, actively and effectively participated in committee discussions and followed the rules of the debate – presenting themselves as though they were actual representatives of that country.