Founded in 1955, only a decade after the creation of the United Nations, Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious conference of its kind. Staffed entirely by Harvard College undergraduates, HNMUN brings over 3,000 students and faculty together from colleges and universities around the world to simulate the activities of the United Nations (PBB). HNMUN offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy. HNMUN is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.
On this occasion, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan also sent a few delegates to participate in the event. One of those delegates was Ria Ellysa from Faculty of Industrial Technological 2014 majoring in Industrial Engineering. We manage to ask her some questions about the event. First of all, she decided to join HNMUN last February (2017) based on the recommendation of Ms. Johanna, and then luckily she got accepted as one of the delegates from UNPAR. The delegates then assigned a country by the committee and Ria got Lesotho as the assigned country. There’s about two hundreds delegates from all around the world from each committee and the topic that raised back then was “Weaponization of Social Media”. There, the delegates was trained that as youths we have to contribute directly to our society and to start taking part in implementing solutions that were discussed in the conference room, by that the delegates should not only excel in formal discussions, but to also connect and starts to bond with others that have such different cultures.
As an industrial engineering students, there must be a hard feeling to join this kind of event, even she said that at first she only had such limited knowledge about this kind of thing and that the only thing she could rely on was her analytical thinking that she learned as an industrial engineering student. But after joining HNMUN, she gained wider knowledge and understanding about global issues, how to contribute and to solve one of the problem that faced by many people. Ria said, “For every Industrial Engineering UNPAR students out there, don’t be afraid to join HNMUN, even two delegates from Engineering Faculty that was sent by UNPAR could give an outstanding achievements. Everything can be learned as times goes by as long as we have the motivation and courage to pursue it, So be dare to Try ! “.