Meet MUN Head of Admin

While the delegates take up most of the public eye, a spotlight must be shone upon the hardworking and diligent students that make up the Administration Team. The Administration Team, commonly referred to as the Admin, assumes a variety of roles during MUN conferences, and they play an essential role in UNISMUN conferences.

Amongst their many roles, the Admin has to set up all the placards and arrange the tables prior the delegates’ arrival, they are also charged with meeting delegates’ needs throughout the conference, including keeping an eye on refreshments, as well as running around printing various papers, checking notes, et cetera. And the young lady who heads all of this is Ji U Jeong, an eleventh-grade student who, while juggling 6 IB classes, is able to effectively manage and organise the whole Administration Team.

Why did you choose to become an Admin, and later Head of Admin?

At first, I decided to become an Admin because I wanted to participate in the MUN conference but I didn’t want to debate and talk in front of people. Then I encountered this role which I will be able to fully participate in the whole conference and even get to see behind the scenes of such a big event. Just out of curiosity, I joined the admin team and luckily, participating as an Admin for 2 consecutive years, I was able to take the role as the Head of Admin. 

What changes are you planning on implementing for this year’s conference to ensure that it runs smoother than in previous years?

In the previous years, it was the Head of Admin who had to oversee everyone during the conference which wasn’t really effective. So this year, we have created sub-groups that will be more focused on specific tasks, and their respective leaders to be systematic. I truly believe that this will ensure the conference run smoother than the previous years. 

How is this plan going?

We have all the leaders and specific job descriptions, and I am sorting out the photography team and the MS press corps which is also new this year. We are going to have official admin meetings after the TET break and I hope the plan works!

What is your biggest challenge and/or fear for this upcoming Spring conference?

The biggest challenge is that I don’t have enough admin members in our team right now, even after the additional recruitment. So I have to make some adjustments and work with the people I have. Also, since this new sub-group system is new for me as well, I am a little scared and because most of our admin members are new this year, which is great, we have a lot to go through but I’m sure we will be an awesome team!

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

Middle School Gearing up for MUN

The Middle School MUN had their very first meeting today. It was wonderful to see so many students from Grade 6 through to Grade 8 volunteer to be involved in the UNIS MUN.

Middle School MUN students will play an active role in the upcoming UNIS MUN Conference as a part of the Press Corps. Middle School students will be involved in the UNIS MUN Conference by:

  • Interviewing Directors and MUN Chairs from UNIS Hanoi
  • Interviewing Delegate Ambassadors and Delegates from UNIS Hanoi and participating schools
  • Participating as reporters at the UNIS International Conference (February 26 – March 1)
  • Communicating their experience to the wider UNIS community via a blog linked to our UNIS MUN Website.

This involvement will provide students with an opportunity to be immersed in the culminating UNIS MUN experience as well as meaningfully take part as members of the Press Corps.

Over the following weeks prior to the UNIS MUN Conference Middle School students will engage Monday lunchtime meetings where they will learn the foundational skills of the MUN and participate in simulations that will provide with the knowledge and understanding to actively engage as members of the Press Corps.

Should any Middle School students be interested in joining the MS MUN team, please simply contact Ms England via email: lengland@unishanoi.org 

Meet the MUN Delegation Ambassador!

UNISMUN aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, and the United Nations agenda. Delegates do research about their assigned country and its position on the discussed topics, debate, negotiate, and then work towards solutions to the issues.

During the conference, participants have to employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills to defend the position of the country they represent. To fulfill this role, delegates within a delegation work together to build strong research, debate skills and work ethics.

Every delegation has a selected, voted or appointed Ambassador. An Ambassador is responsible for being a delegation leader and point person for anything relating to their country. They organise the delegation’s meetings and take initiative on research. This role is incredibly crucial for the delegation’s growth.

This week, we will introduce one of our Delegation Ambassador: Sarah Anthony, the Ambassador of Japan.

A short introduction from Sarah:

As a student in Grade 9, I have many interests and like to explore with extra-curricular activities based around music, sports and, of course, Model UN. I started doing MUN in Grade 7, and continued doing it in Grade 8; now, in UNISMUN XII I am a delegate in General Assembly 6 and the delegation ambassador for Japan.

Why did you join MUN?

At first, I joined MUN so I would have a way to consistently develop my public speaking skills with people who would give me input and advice throughout the experience. Now, I find that MUN is a great way to learn about past, current and possible future issues that are taking place around the world and I have a chance to look into them through different perspectives with students from various places around South-East Asia.

What do you want to achieve as a delegate but also as a delegation ambassador? 

As a delegate, an important goal to work towards is to fully understand a country’s perspective on certain issues and be able to represent that country’s ideology and opinions as well as possible. As a delegation ambassador, that goal is even more important; but it’s also our job to oversee and guide the rest of our delegation through that process.

How do you feel about your delegation’s progress so far? 

A few people in my delegation are new to MUN, but the mix of experience has meant that the more confident delegates are able to help anyone who’s struggling with the tasks. While the progress has been a little slow so far, the delegation is on track and improving along the way. I believe that the delegation of Japan will be able to make this conference interesting and productive.

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.

UNIS MUN Faculty Mentor

Committee chairs and council presidents play an important role in assisting delegates’ research process to create a fruitful conference. To fulfill these responsibilities, student officers receive help from faculty mentors who are passionate experts on issues of the conference. They guide students officers towards understanding topics in-depth as well as writing research reports.

Meet one of our faculty mentors, Ms Donna Frose who is the mentor of General Assembly 1, Disarmament and International Security Committee.

As the director of UNIS MUN 2019, Ms Frose is familiar with the structure of the conference. She is a DP History teacher who is an expert on global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community.

When asked about her thoughts on the topics of GA1, Ms Frose shared:

“The issues for GA1 are really interesting and timely for our world today. I think that the issue related to the protection of cultural heritage sites in conflict zones is very timely with the current escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. The rhetoric coming from President Trump of the United States threatening the cultural sites of Iran shows that this is not just an issue of the past and that the United Nations needs to have a focus on ensuing sure that the worlds cultural sites are protected.”

Ms.Frose further talks about her work with Jeongha Kimm – the head chair of GA1: “I am enjoying working with Jeongha as a student officer. He is capable and organised and with the research and work he is putting into the conference preparation I am sure that Committee 1 will be a success.”

Jeongha shares: “Ms.Frose guided me in the right direction by consolidating my array of ideas per topic. She has suggested different sources that I can look at for my research reports.”

Stay tuned for further updates! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the UNIS MUN Facebook Page.