TAMIU Students Travel to Singapore,
for International WorldMUN Conference

A delegation of seven Texas A&M International University students had a special opportunity to exchange ideas with college students from over 42 countries as they traveled to Singapore to participate in the 2011 World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN).

The Conference simulated United Nations, International Organizations, and governmental bodies such as the World Health Organization, the ASEAN Regional Forum and government cabinets. Participants represented countries, organizations and leaders, debating pressing international issues.

group of TAMIU students headed to Singapore


A delegation of students from Texas A&M International University is traveling to Singapore this week to participate in the World Model United Nations Conference (WordMUN). Pictured from left to right are: Cornelius Kipkorir, Tracy Talavera, Alejandra Avila, Alex Barrera, Alejandra Ovando, George-Thomas Pugh, and Aaron Gangi.

Cornelius Kipkorir, an international economics major, said the TAMIU delegation had met every weekend since January with TAMIU WorldMUN advisor Dr. Jaime Ortíz to research diverse pressing issues such as worldwide narco-terrorism, people with disabilities, sovereignty wealth funds, human rights in Kosovo and the Balkan states, and the trial hearings of the Burmese Junta -- all in order to formulate a resolution addressing them.

TAMIU’s student delegation represented the country of Cambodia in the Conference, advocating for the country’s interest in an UN-styled forum.

Kenya native Kipkorir, a TAMIU Student Government Association senator, said he enjoyed contributing his ideas on an international platform.

“I liked expanding my understanding of global issues at the Conference and through our interaction with other students, we were able to build a consensus on many issues currently affecting our world,” he said, “I was able to establish a network of scholars that I will be able to keep in touch and continue to discuss what they are doing to improve their universities.”

TAMIU’s delegation included Kipkorir; Alejandra Avila, business administration major; Alejandro Barrera, biology major; Aaron Gangi, political science major; Alejandra Ovando, English major; George-ThomasPugh, biology major; and Tracy Talavera, sociology and anthropology major.

TAMIU students competed for consideration based on an application, resume and a personal interview. Interview selection criteria included merit, diversity and academic standing. This was the sixth year that a delegation from TAMIU attended WorldMUN.

WorldMUN, the Harvard World Model United Nations, is the most diverse college-level Model UN Conference in the world, and the largest outside North America. Every year, about 1,650 college students from all over the world attend WorldMUN in a different location around the world. Past locations have included Egypt, China, Switzerland, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Taiwan.

It combines daily committee sessions with nightly social events. Delegates experience the host country and discuss and debate ideas from the perspective of countries they may have never visited or lived in. Through an exchange of diverse ideas, delegates learn more about other countries, issues of global importance and themselves.

For more information, please contact TAMIU’s Bi-National Center, at 326.3067, e-mail binationalcenter@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in Anthony J. and Georgia Pellegrino Hall 301.

WorldMUN information is also available at www.worldmun.org

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