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Business School students excel at Model UN Summit

10 Apr 2012

World MapThree exceptional students from the University of Sydney Business School converged with the future leaders of government and business at the World Model United Nations in Vancouver recently to constructively address issues at the forefront of international debate.

At the annual youth summit, Business School students Tom Neale, Swei Tang and Alexandra Brown were part of an affiliation of 2000 high-calibre students from premier universities in 65 countries where they participated in a week of active engagement in collaboration and dialogue, networking and exposure to diverse global perceptions.

The Business School provided its participants with a sponsorship package as part of its ongoing commitment to assisting its students to attend a range of exciting and engaging opportunities.

The prestigious Model UN forum, which was founded by Harvard students and is now in its 21st year, consists of committee sessions that simulate the United Nations, international organisations, and governmental bodies, where participants are assigned to represent countries, organisations, or leaders in order to debate important international affairs and prepare draft resolutions.

After preparing detailed position papers that explore designated issues while keeping a nation's agenda in mind, the students articulated their formulated stance to the delegates. Business Management student, Tom Neale, represented Japan in dialogue on international security in the East Asia Summit, Swei Tang was in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and Alex Brown represented the US in the Berlin Conference as it scrutinised the historic concern of Colonisation in Africa.

Tom, Sponsorship Director at the University of Sydney United Nations Society, described the summit as both empowering and enriching. He highlighted the importance of preparation and stressed that the forum challenged the students' transferrable skill sets, including negotiation, debating and public speaking skills.

"It was really great to be exposed to deliberation and debate in an environment of academic rigour which expands our knowledge of the broader economic and cultural contexts which affect business every day," he said. "A highlight for me was using my knowledge of institutionalism from my Work and Organisational Studies units to debate Australia's bid for the Security Council with the future thought leaders in international relations, who I will be competing against and collaborating with in the future.

"World MUN was a fantastic nexus of people, inspirational speeches and intellectual engagement. We are extremely grateful to the Business School for their support which allowed us to attend World MUN, the experience has been invaluable in terms of personal and business development and will surely feed into the evolvement of our careers."

Tom, along with colleagues from the Business School, is on the verge of launching "The Wish List", an interactive website that provides a medium for not-for-profit organisations to list the resources they require in order for them to be matched by the donations of individuals, corporations and other entities.

"World MUN was an exceptional opportunity to develop my networks on an international scale for social enterprise projects such as The Wish List," Tom said. "In the future I'd love to fuse my interest in energy markets with my majors of Chinese and Management to work in renewable energy consultancy in Asia, and World MUN will only be beneficial towards that goal."