UGM students once again make achievements in the international level. This time, its International Relations student, Angelo Abil Wijaya, won the conference in Malaysia, earning the Outstanding Delegate title during the Malaysian National Model United Nations, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 30 March to 1 April 2018.
“The conference was attended by 400 delegates from around the world. I was happy that despite the short preparation amidst the mid-term test, I still made an achievement at the international level,” said Angelo on Tuesday (4/3).
Angelo won the simulation of the First Committee of the General Assembly under the topic Measures to Address Illicit Trade in Small Arms. He said before the conference, participants were asked to submit position papers containing initial position information of the country that joined the General Assembly.
“I spent a few days to do the position paper because it needed in-depth research to make the content of the paper accurate and factual,” he commented on his preparation for the competition.
He added during the conference the participants gave statements to the committee like a UN diplomat. They were also asked to submit paperwork and draft resolution. He said he also became sponsors for other delegates as well as document writers.
He said his participation in the event was not only an opportunity to make UGM proud but also to hone his academic skills. For him, the experience and ability gained from the event became his capital to always develop himself through creative process apart from formal lectures.
“The competition sharpens the skills of research and thinking. Communication skills, especially public speaking and negotiation, are also trained through the diplomacy simulation event,” said Angelo.