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RI students win Harvard diplomacy award

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24, 2015   /  06:52 pm
RI students win Harvard diplomacy award Young diplomats: Amanda Soeyasa Besar and Zain Z. Assaino, University of Indonesia (UI) delegates, win the Best Diplomacy Award at the 24th Harvard World Model United Nations (MUN) competition held from March 16 to 20 in Seoul, South Korea. (Courtesy of UI)

Young diplomats: Amanda Soeyasa Besar and Zain Z. Assaino, University of Indonesia (UI) delegates, win the Best Diplomacy Award at the 24th Harvard World Model United Nations (MUN) competition held from March 16 to 20 in Seoul, South Korea. (Courtesy of UI)

A delegation from the University of Indonesia, comprising Amanda Soeyasa Besar and Zain Z Assaino, won the Best Diplomacy Award at the 24th Harvard World Model United Nations (MUN) competition held from March 16 to 20 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Harvard World MUN is the largest UN simulation competition and is held every year in different countries. As many as 2,400 students from 113 countries have participated in the competition.

'€œAt MUN, we were trained to negotiate, to make a speech and to research. We made friends from countries across the globe. It'€™s a really exciting event. You can learn how to truly become part of the global community,'€ said Amanda, who also won the Best Delegate award at the Indonesia MUN last year.

This year'€™s Harvard World MUN theme, namely on Post-Millenium Development Goals, is considered significant as Indonesia still has some way to go to achieve its MDG targets. During the competition, participants gave presentations on solutions to global problems deemed inspiring.

Amanda said she and her partner, Zain, had learned a lot about how to '€œthink outside the box'€ on strategies to eliminate poverty. The three keys to their victory, she went on, were deep research, routine practice and perseverance.

'€œFrankly, our victory was because of our teachers. They taught us how to research well and gave us a good learning environment,'€ said Amanda.

'€œFor those who want to enter future MUN competitions, don'€™t hesitate because it'€™s a very fun, educational and useful competition for the sake of our future,'€ she continued. (ebf)(+++)