Students from SUNY Old Westbury taking part in the National Model United Nations in late March were presented with one of only 30 awards at the closing of the international event, held in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.
More than 170 colleges, universities and organizations from across six continents took part in the conference where student teams were assigned a country they represented throughout the competition. SUNY Old Westbury students represented the Republic of Ghana on 10 different committees and participated in presentations, speeches, and debates to act in their country’s best interest.
“By being recognized among the top participants in this international competition, the SUNY Old Westbury team members have shown they have what it takes to succeed in whatever path they choose to pursue,” said College President Calvin O. Butts, III. “At Old Westbury, we challenge students to take charge of their lives by putting their critical thinking and problem-solving skills into action. It’s the very heart of our liberal arts education, and the success of these students is the latest evidence of our College’s strength.”
Students competing in the National Model United Nations had completed the College’s “Model United Nations” course through which they had studied the rules, regulations and procedures that serve as required knowledge to United Nations diplomats.
“Old Westbury students mastered the subject matter in less than two months while most other students prepared for far longer given that their colleges have UN Clubs in addition to regular MUN-related classes offered during both spring and fall semesters,” said Edislav Manetovic, assistant professor of Politics, Economics and Law who both taught the class and accompanied the students to the conference. “Now that Old Westbury has a core group of students with some experience we will be working on creating a UN Club that will help groom future generations of global citizens.”
The National Model United Nations program traces its origins to 1923 as a simulation of the League of Nations. The program adopted its current format in 1946, after the creation of the United Nations. To ensure the long-term success of the NMUN program, the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) incorporated in 1968 as a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization n. The NCCA is formally recognized as a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations Department of Public Information.