NTU Model United Nations (NTU MUN) is one of the most prestigious international event organized by the NTU Debating Society, one of NTU’s premier clubs. Since 2006, students from around the Asian region have come to the Nanyang Executive Center to spend a weekend discussing important geo-political and social issues.
In the past, NTU MUN has been graced by guests such as His Excellency Mr Paul Madden, British High Commissioner to Singapore; Her Excellency Ms Amanda Brooks, Acting British High Commissioner; Ambassador Barry Desker, Dean S Rajaratnam School of International Studies; Prof Rohan Gunaratna, an International Terrorism Expert; Ms Yeo Law Hwee, Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore; and Mr Geoffrey Yu, Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore.
Our aim is to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on global issues and it is designed to acquaint its participants with the nations of the world community, their policies, and the problems that arise as these nations attempt to coexist. The nature of NTU MUN makes it very relevant to the student communities, members of which are the potential leaders of tomorrow and who shall be influenced by issues around them and in the world at large.
The NTU Model United Nations as an event aims at:
Dear Delegates, Chairpersons, Faculty Advisors, and Guests of NTUMUN 2017,
On behalf of the Secretariat, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 11th edition of Nanyang Technological University Model United Nations. Over the last ten sessions, NTUMUN has consistently provided an exciting opportunity for students from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond to expand their outlook and meet students from other cultures.
As we progress further into the 21st century, it has become clear that advances in technology have enabled globalization to become the most powerful force in the world – so much so that in the words of the late Kofi Annan, “It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.” In a world where globalization seems to expose our differences as much as it brings us together with common experiences, I hope that this year’s topics will bring out an appreciation of the unique interconnectedness nations have to navigate as they look to the future.
For our 2017 edition, we are excited to present to you ten committees that we believe effectively capture many of the problems the world faces today. While some are presented recognizably as summits to discuss issues such as the disposal of nuclear waste materials and combating workplace discrimination, others are focalized through lenses that allow alternative perspectives to pressing issues – for instance a Historical European Union undergoing negotiations for the entry of the United Kingdom. With the hindsight of the positive and negative effects of globalization in mind, I have no doubt that a riveting debate lies in store for every committee.
While the intrigue of modern geopolitics remains a mystery to most people, we wholeheartedly believe in the power of bringing delegates an academically robust yet accessible experience – one that proves both informative and allows delegates to polish their debate skills. To top off the conference, a socials night will provide a great opportunity for all participants to socialize and make new friends.
Hakim Ahmad Kamal