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Indonesian Catholic university hosts conference on diplomacy, international relations

The Conference’s speakers, committee, and participants (Photo supplied)

The International Model United Nations (IMUN) organized a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, in conjunction with the School of Communications, Atma Jaya Catholic University from June 16 to 18.

According to a press release from Atma Jaya Catholic University, the IMUN 2022 Conference drew more than 130 participants worldwide.

IMUN is a non-profit organization that brings students from all over the world together to study and share ideas from various perspectives and experiences. The executive council, the international press, and international delegations gather to learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the UN.

"The conference aims to develop a deeper knowledge of current global issues, improve critical thinking, research, and public speaking skills, and strengthen participants' diplomacy skills," the statement said.

Conference’s speakers (Photo supplied)

The news release said that the IMUN 2022 Conference held various activities ranging from the opening ceremony, diplomatic talk, training sessions, committee sessions, and cultural performances by participants worldwide, and closed with a social night.

Mohneesh Bhardwaj, executive chairman of International IMUN 2022, expressed his gratitude for the success of the sixth International Model United Nations at Atma Jaya Catholic University in Indonesia.

"IMUN is a great platform for the youth to experience intense, constructive debates, negotiations, and how to handle global issues on an international level," he said.

Grace Mutiarasandy, one of the attendees, said the IMUN conference was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her.

"I learned that IMUN is more than just talking; we live in one world and one dream—a life free of misery and a more prosperous life," she remarked.

She also formed new international friendships and gained various skills, including lobbying, negotiating, detailed writing, and teamwork.

Another participant, Veronica Chandra Selena, says the IMUN 2022 conference is an opportunity for her to hone her English skills and learn how to write and express opinions when debating and negotiating an issue.

Meanwhile, Natalia Widiasari, a communication lecturer at Atma Jaya University, who participated in the conference, said that IMUN is a venue where young people from all around the world come together to discuss global concerns.

This forum demonstrates the importance of the younger generation's voice in discussing unfair wealth distribution, inclusion, gender equality, world peace, food scarcity, and environmental issues like waste and global warming that help move the globe forward positively,” she added.  

“Young people from throughout the country share their hopes and inspiration under the tagline "Your voice matters,” Widiasari said. 

On June 1, 1960, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia was established to educate the nation's youth. 

The institute's vision is to become a prominent institution with a national and international reputation for academic and professional excellence that blends Christian faith, science and technology, and Indonesian culture to educate the nation's life. - Kasmir Nema 


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