Students from Diplomacy win the “Distinguished Delegation Award” at 2018 National Model United Nations in New York
|At U.N. General Assembly Hall. Photo: Dept. of Diplomacy.|
|At Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, New York. Photo: Dept. of Diplomacy.|
|At Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. Photo: Dept. of Diplomacy.|
|At Center for International Private Enterprises. Photo: Dept. of Diplomacy.|
In late March, playing the role of the Guatemalan Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), 18 undergraduate and MA students from Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University (NCCU) received the “Distinguished Delegation Award” from the 2018 National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York City, a 5-day international conference that has invited the largest number of students from all over the world to join a model-UN simulation. They, along with more than 2,000 fellow students, participated in various meetings such as the UN General Assembly, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN Environment Assembly, and International Organization for Migration, and joined the closing ceremony at the UN General Assembly Hall on March 29, 2018. It is the 14th time for Department of Diplomacy to participate in NMUN activities in New York.
During the 6 months’ hard, intensive and consistent work, which required the students to gather two to three times a week, the Department of Diplomacy delegation also attended a lecture given by Mr. Adolfo Sun (孫大成), former Republic of China ambassador to Guatemala (2008-2015) in late December of 2017, and some of them called on Ms. Olga Maria Aguja, Ambassador of Republic of Guatemala to the Republic of China in early March of this year.
With responsibility, devotion and commitment, the 18 delegates led and advised by a faculty member Kwei-Bo Huang (黃奎博), Vice Dean of NCCU College of International Affairs who was once on public service leave in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, got involved in different working groups with other country delegations at NMUN. With all the hard work before and during NMUN, this delegation proudly stood up in the UN General Assembly and received the applause from other delegates for its “Distinguished Delegation Award.” Of all Asian universities attending NMUN between March 25 and March 29, NCCU was the only higher education institution that was given this award.
In New York, this delegation paid a visit to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York on March 25 and met with Director-General Lily Hsu (徐儷文). On March 28 in the evening, the delegates went to New York University’s School of Professional Studies (Center for Global Affairs) for a panel discussion on cross-Taiwan Strait business opportunities and challenges in the era of anti-globalization.
On March 30, first time in the history of Department of Diplomacy’s NMUN delegation, Professor Huang led the delegates to Washington, DC to engage another learning experience in foreign affairs and democracy. To familiarize the delegates with foreign affairs and/or internships at Washington think tanks, visits to Deputy Representative Christine Hsueh (薛美瑜) at Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States, to Professor Robert Sutter at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, Miss Jennifer Mason at Brookings Institution Center for East Asian Policy Studies (CEAPS) were well arranged.
Wanting to take advantage of numerous historic or famous places in relation to US democracy and its development and promotion, the delegates stopped at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Lincoln Memorial, National Museum of American History, the US Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as visited Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE), one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy.
In Washington, the delegation also joined a panel on Taiwan-United States relations and a dinner banquet hosted by the Taiwan Benevolent Association (TBA) Greater Washington Chapter. There they met quite a few NCCU alumni, including Ms. Elaine Chang (張慧玲), president of NCCU Alumni Association in Metro Washington, DC.
Andy Jian (簡平帆), the head delegate, said all student delegates kept eyes wide open during the whole trips. He believed not only was this trip absolutely worthwhile, but it has also had a strong impact on the delegates’ future career development.