Delegation back from Model United Nations Singapore
A twelve student delegation from Webster Vienna Private University traveled to Singapore from February 18th to 24th to participate in Asia’s most renowned Model United Nations Conference at Nanyang Technical University (NTUMUN)
Led by Webster Model UN Club co-founder Dennis Heumann, the members of the delegation are: future WebMUN Secretary-General Sofija Lozovic, Tobias Salfellner, Artyom Rayeveski, Lilla Ozorakova, Daniil Titov, Lisa Diepliner, Illayda Edali, Andra Mikhelson, Ahmed Ahmed, Pavel Agababyan and Yaroslav Ilenco.
The students represented the United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, Qatar and the Czech Republic. In preparation of the conference, the delegates had to prepare a research portfolio consisting of an opening statement, background information on the country, talking points on all of the topics to be discussed in the committee and an overview of the position of other countries. The delegation also attended a workshop held at Webster Vienna on how to write a successful position paper.
After international conference trips to Menton, France and New York City, USA, this trip was the first to an Asian MUN Conference and thus was a completely new experience for Webster’s delegates. Lisa Dieplinger commented: “Singapore is an incredibly well-managed city that offers both cultural and culinary adventures. I am happy that I got to visit this amazing city in combination with hands-on experience in the NTUMUN conference. I will definitely never forget this trip that enriched my life in so many aspects."
Our students arrived early morning on Friday, February 19th and spent the first half of the day trying to adapt to the humid climate of Singapore. Later that day, our students headed to Nanyang Technical University to take part in the opening ceremony, which included a panel discussion between the EU Ambassador to Singapore, a policy expert at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, and a Professor at Nanyang Technical University. After the ceremony, students began committee proceedings which lasted until 9pm.
After a few hours of sleep, students were back at NTU early morning on Saturday to begin the second day of negotiations which lasted until 6pm, and was followed by a social event at one of Singapore’s most popular nightlife locations in downtown.
The last day of the conference was a busy one for our delegates, as everyone was trying to complete their resolutions before the closing ceremony. However, our delegates were successful and many of our delegates were able to push through their resolutions until the end of the negotiations.
After a successful conference, the delegation went for a team dinner at one of Singapore’s hawker’s, which is a type of food court with hundreds of small restaurants featuring local and international cuisine, ranging from Chinese, Malay and Indian food.
The next two days, they spent their time with sightseeing, including visits to Chinatown, Little India, Sentosa Island and the famous Merlion statue. Webster student Ahmed Ahmed especially stressed the fact that “not only did we take part in a well organized and challenging conference, we also experienced Singaporean culture and learned about an interesting and vibrant part of the world.”
The International Relations Department is proud that our students have completed another MUN Conference and represented Webster Vienna in productive manner. The next conference with a Webster Vienna delegation will take place soon in Budapest, from March 22nd to March 26th, 2016.
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