An RMIT Vietnam business alumnus recently experienced the dynamics of international relations at one of the world’s largest and most diverse student-run Model United Nations conferences.
Held annually, the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) conference serves as a forum for students from universities around the world to meet and discuss global challenges in areas including international peace and security to economic and social progress and human rights.
At the conference, participants assume roles of United Nations representatives as well as members of other international bodies and national cabinets.
Bui Tuan, an RMIT Vietnam Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems) alumnus, recently attended the 61st HNMUN in Boston in the United States.
Tuan, who is currently on a full master study scholarship at a graduate business school in Ireland, attended in a team with two of his schoolmates.
As part of the conference, Tuan was assigned to a special summit on technology and represented the country of Qatar in the debates and discussions.
The 25-year-old, who is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, said getting a spot at HNMUN is competitive.
“My team and I had worked hard to put together a convincing application to convince the judges why we should be selected as one of the 3,000 delegates from 70 countries worldwide,” Tuan said.
“The exposure to such a wide range of practical activities is what makes the conference so appealing to people aspiring for a career in international relations.
“We took part in debates, delivered speeches, listened and proposed solutions across different international issue scenarios, as well as negotiated and convinced other delegates to vote for what we were presenting,” he said.
“It involved working in a team with members from many different countries.”
Founded in 1955, HNMUN creates a platform for students to experience leadership roles and consider global challenges from different perspectives.
This year’s agenda saw participants role-play across many major issues including regional security and civil war, chemical and biological weapons, cybersecurity and drug trafficking.