Manisha Rani

Business School student attends global conference United Nations

Manisha Rani, a Business School student studying a BA in Business and Management, has just returned from the thirtieth Model United Nations that she has attended. Manisha went to her first conference five years ago when she was still at secondary school. Her last trip was fully sponsored through the Indian government.

Model UN activities are experiential education programmes in which groups of students are organised as delegations and are assigned to play the role of Member States of the United Nations. Like literature or history, experiential education programs require students to draw on their reservoirs of empathy to see the world through the eyes of others. To effectively simulate their roles as diplomats, participants in NMUN programs must learn the history of their assigned state, the history of the United Nations, the committee structure and rules of the United Nations, and the current perspective on global affairs espoused by their assigned state. By participating in NMUN, students begin to see local and international issues and cultures with a new perspective, find a role for themselves as active participants in the global community, and gain life skills applicable in a variety of contexts.

Manisha said: “It was thrilling to be a part of the conference hosting over 3000 people from across the globe where all the Ivy League schools from Yale to Chicago to NYU to Pennsylvania with others were present.

“It was fascinating to see how all the delegates were well prepared to address some of the world’s most pressing issues in the most professional and diplomatic manner. Over the four days, I represented a German Chancellor named Hans Globke in the West Germany Crisis Cabinet. It was undoubtedly, challenging yet exciting at the same time to survive in the game when my other colleagues tried to dismiss and assassinate me on the very first day.”

Date: 24 March 2014

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