SIM snags awards at international conference

A trio of awards and mentions for SIM at the recent Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference in Hong Kong
The SIM team
The SIM team: Evangeline Chow, Cheryl Wijaya, Marcus Chee, Jonah Foong, Dianne Ignacio, Davynn Quek, Ahmad Johan
The long-lasting bond that I made with my friends is making me a stronger person; they are the ones who make me who I am today

Held from 19 to 23 June at the University of Hong Kong, SIM sent a team of seven to this year’s Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC). In total, the team managed to clinch two awards: an Outstanding Delegate award, as well as Best Position Paper. Jonah Foong En Jie, a first year BSc in International Relations student and the leader of AMUNC team, was also given an “honourable mention” during the conference.

This is the first time SIM has taken part in AMUNC. It also marks the first awards for the institution at a Model United Nations (MUN) conference. All seven team members had previously represented SIM at the Harvard National Model United Nations, held earlier this year in February.

At any MUN conference, students roleplay as delegates and represent a given country on global issues in a mock United Nations setting. It is a popular academic activity for students worldwide at high school and college level, and focuses on public debate and research.

For this year’s conference, over 200 students from various universities across Asia participated, with many hailing from Australia and Indonesia. Topics covered were diverse, ranging from population aging to nuclear disarmament.

Cheryl Wijaya

For Dianne Ignacio – who, along with Marcus Chee, won the Outstanding Delegate award for SIM – 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 on a par 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.”

Others like Cheryl Wijaya (pictured above left), who won the Best Position Paper award, felt that AMUNC was an opportunity for interpersonal growth.

“The highlight of my experience is not only about learning new MUN skills or meeting new friends, but it’s also about strengthening the friendship bonds with my friends from the SIM delegation. As a member of SIM IAS 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; they are the ones who make me who I am today.”

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