TWU students snag best delegation award at University of Toronto Model United Nations

Langley, British Columbia— After four days of debate and presentations, a delegation of seven TWU students representing Sweden secured the highest honour of best delegation at the recent Canadian Model United Nations held in Toronto ahead of U of T, University of Northern Michigan, The Citadel and other schools. In addition, five of the seven students were awarded individual awards for best delegates, with one honourable mention.

TWU students, Jason Vogt, Annie Baxter, Amber Pashuk, Ryan Jespersen, Andy Martin, Kristen King, and Martin Youssef were among 150 students from 12 universities across Canada and Eastern United States that participated at the event. The students represented a variety of faculties from Political Science to Communications.

The Canadian Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations and encourages students to interpret and defend their assigned country’s foreign policy in addressing world affairs. It is aimed at improving student’s abilities in the areas of public speaking, diplomacy, negotiation and consensus building.

“The MUN is a great exercise in experiential learning,” says Professor of Political Science Mark Charlton, PhD. “It is clear that TWU’s small classes and frequent opportunities for students to make presentations and participate in leadership roles gives them the confidence to go against the best universities.”

Each student delegate is assigned to a specific committee, either a General Assembly committee or a special committee. Each committee is then given two issues and the goal is to pass a resolution addressing the issues. This year, students dealt with issues ranging from regulation and control of bio-engineered food products to the UN’s response to natural disasters. It is a rigorous event and once the debate begins the delegates need to learn and think quickly on their feet in order to respond to the positions of the other delegates.

“It was exciting coming to a resolution,” relates Baxter. “It helped me think globally and although it was only a simulation I knew that the decisions made here effect the whole world.”

“I learned the extent of my abilities from what was a very intimidating experience at first,” adds Pashuk. “With a little bit of initiative I realized that I could make a difference and change the direction of a committee of 25 people.”

While TWU came out on top, it was one of the smallest school delegations at the MUN. The twelve schools represented included the University of Northern Michigan, The Citadel and University of Toronto. Despite the tough competition TWU students were confident from the start.

“We went with our sights set on best delegation award,” said head delegate Vogt, “ and what better proves the caliber of our school than our accomplishment?”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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