1. What is the difference between a delegate and a delegation?
A delegate is a student who participates in a conference simulation, while a delegation usually comprises of a group of students. Students can choose to participate individually as a delegate, or elect to attend the same conference with a group of friends or schoolmates as part of a delegation.
2. How many people do I need to form a delegation?
The minimum and maximum number of students per delegation depends on the conference organisers. Some delegations can be as small as four students, while others can be as large as twenty. It is always best to check with the organisers.
3. Is there a minimum age required for the conference?
Every conference is different. Therefore, the age minimum and maximum varies from conference to conference. In recent years however, conferences have expanded to cater to a wider age range with some conferences admitting students as young as 11 years old.
4. What is a Faculty Advisor?
A Faculty Advisor or FA for short is usually a teacher who accompanies students to conferences. He or she is typically responsible for administrative matters and the safety and well-being of the students. However, some conferences allow students to take on the role of FA, especially conferences designed for university students.
5. What is the aim of Model United Nations?
The aim of MUN conferences is to be a platform for students to learn more about the world around them and develop critical 21 st century competencies such as speaking, debating, researching, networking and cooperating skills.
6. Who can participate in Model United Nations?
Anyone! There are conferences that cater to students of most ages, and even some that are specifically designed for adults.
7. Can Faculty Advisors attend committee sessions?
Most conferences usually allow Faculty Advisors to sit in and observe committee sessions. However, they cannot actively participate in the same way a student delegate would.
8. How many delegates may represent a country?
At most conferences, one student delegate usually represents one country. However, some conferences do allow up to two delegates to represent one country. This is known as the double or dual delegate system.
CONFERENCE RELATED QUESTIONS
1. Are there any activities besides the formal council meetings?
Depending on the conference’s organisers, there may be additional activities for students to interact with other students and learn more about the world around them. Activities that are frequently organised include socials (where students can mingle over drinks, food and good music) and sight-seeing opportunities (where they can learn more about the host country).
2. What are the Rules of Procedure for the conference?
Different conferences use different Rules of Procedure.
3. Where can I find more information regarding my committee for the conference?
This information can usually be found on the conference website. Additionally, some organisers will also email the information to you. If you do not receive the email, it is always best to check their website first before dropping the organisers an email to enquire.
4. Is attendance taken during committee sessions?
Most conferences do take attendance in the form of what is known as a “roll call”. This is important since the organisers need to know how many and which countries are present, just like at the United Nations.
5. What will the size of the conference be?
There is no fixed size for conferences. Some conferences can be as small as 15 delegates, while some others are rumoured to have more than 3,000 delegates.
6. Are there any special committees in the conference?
Yes, but depending on the conference. Some conferences will include special committees which are not a usual feature of the United Nations or ASEAN, such as Joint Crisis Councils.
7. How are awards decided?
Every conference has its own award criteria. In general, however, most conferences aim to award students who demonstrate critical thinking, as well as a willingness to collaborate and cooperate with their peers.
8. What is the main language used in the conference?
The operating language of each conference is up to the conference organisers, however the most common language used is English. There are also many conferences that use Chinese, French, Spanish or Vietnamese.
9. Are pre-written resolutions allowed in the conference?
This depends on the conference’s academic policy. Some conferences allow pre-written resolutions, while others actively discourage such resolutions. To find out more, always check the conference’s academic policy, which can usually be found on their website. In the event that it is not stated, you can also email the organisers to enquire.
10. I have just received my country assignment. What do I do now?
For starters, learn more about the country you have been assigned. After which, conduct more in-depth research to find out more about how the country you are representing has addressed the topic or issue that your committee is discussing.
TRAINING RELATED QUESTIONS
1. What is the difference between the various programs that MUN inc. offers?
The different programs at MUN inc. are designed for students based on their age, educational background, experience and the conference that they intend to participate in, if any. Hence, no two programs are exactly the same. In addition, we have customisable programs to suit the specific needs of groups of students or schools. These programs emphasise tailored learning, but a minimum number of students is required in order to have a program customised for you.
2. How can I find out which of MUN inc.’s programs will work best for me?
To find out which programs work best for you, you can complete our Program Matching quiz, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Why should I enroll with MUN inc.?
MUN inc. is the premier education institution in Southeast Asia with a strong record of introducing international relations to students, as well as helping them excel at the various conferences. At MUN inc. we emphasise communication, character and collaboration as effective learning tools.
4. Is there an age requirement for enrolment?
Depending on the program, there may be an age requirement. For more information, check each program’s details or email us at email@example.com.
5. Who can I contact for enrolment matters?
For more information about enrolment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. What is the background of your trainers?
7. Will I be given homework after the sessions?
As an education provider, we do not emphasise homework. However, students may be given take-home assignments to complete although there are no penalties for late work or non-completion.
8. What can I expect to do on my first session?
We believe in progressive learning. Therefore, students can expect to be gradually introduced to the different concepts of the United Nations or ASEAN, as well as international affairs, before getting to try their hands at the various conference simulations.
9. How often are the training sessions and what are the hours?
This depends on the type of MUN inc. program that the student is enrolled in. For a better idea of our existing programs, check out our “Programs” page.
10. What makes MUN inc.’s curriculum unique from other Model United Nations training programs?
At MUN inc., we use an internationally tried and tested curriculum that combines the best of experiential learning with an exposure to a wide range of current issues. This allows students to learn beyond the classroom while complementing their academic progress.
11. If I’m already an expert at Model United Nations, will I still benefit from MUN inc.’s training programs?
As they say, education is a life-long journey. For students who are already proficient at MUN, MUN inc.’s training programs will further hone their skills and emphasise skills beyond what a typical delegate needs to know. We also provide training for students who wish to participate in conferences competitively or even organise their own conference.
1. How do I prepare for the conference?
First, do not panic. There are plenty of advices and materials to guide you on how to prepare for your first conference.
2. I have never participated in a Model United Nations conference before. Can I still attend the conference?
Yes, of course! Everyone has to start somewhere and there will be many more students who will be participating in their first MUN conference with you.
3. What should I bring to a conference?
For starters, a spirit of collaboration and willingness to learn.
4. What is an appropriate attire for a conference?
Most conferences have a “business formal” dress code but you should always check the conference’s attire policy to be sure. When in doubt, email the organisers to enquire.
5. How can I get scholarship and funding for a conference?
Some conferences offer various funding opportunities such as discounts, scholarships and grants for students who require them. This is usually on a needs or case-by-case basis. For more information, always write in to the conference organisers to enquire more.