Why Yale MUN Korea?
Many elements set Yale Model United Nations Korea apart from other Model UN conferences. Above all, Yale MUN Korea is created and staffed by a committed and passionate Secretariat of Yale students that strives to provide the most enriching, and educational experience possible.
Yale MUN in New Haven is now in its fortieth year and continues to be one of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the high school Model UN circuit. What distinguishes Yale MUN is its unique dedication to fostering an educational atmosphere in which delegates can engage with international relations issues through Model UN, as well as its deep commitment to the idea of global citizenship. Yale MUN Korea hopes to bring this experience to delegates in Seoul, and further spread the Yale MUN message of education through simulating the United Nations.
1. EXCELLENT COMMITTEES: The diverse assortment of committees at Yale MUN provides a space for delegates to learn about international affairs and master the skills necessary in international diplomacy. Yale MUN Korea selects the strongest and most thought-provoking committees from Yale MUN, and further enriches them before bringing them to Seoul. Furthermore, Yale MUN Korea is very dedicated to academic rigor. We make sure to provide highly informational study guides and other resources essential to preparing delegates. We emphasize the importance of formal procedure and the structure of the United Nations. The committee chairs, who select the topics and create the study guides, are deeply knowledgeable and passionate about the specific issues at hand. A focus that has stayed with Yale MUN Korea over the years is to have all staff members personally interact more with delegates, helping them refine their understanding of the issues.
2. DEDICATED STAFF: Yale MUN in New Haven boasts a staff of well over a hundred Yale undergraduates who as secretariat members, dais teams, and staffers are all dedicated to making Yale MUN the best conference possible. From this group, we select some of the best and most dedicated to fly over to Seoul for Yale MUN Korea. The diversity of our staff is one of Yale MUN Korea's greatest assets; hailing from different nations and countless programs of study, each individual brings his or her own unique perspective on international affairs to the conference. Our staff is also highly experienced; all are members of the prestigious Yale International Relations Association, most have years of Model UN experience at both the high school and collegiate level, and many are also members of Yale’s own Model UN team, MUNTY, the top-ranked college Model UN team in the country. Extensive staff training ensures the dedication and helpfulness of each staff member.
3. AN UNFORGETTABLE WEEKEND: While Yale MUN Korea will be most powerful as a Model UN experience, delegates also are learning outside of committees. We strive to create a balance between academics and fun throughout the weekend. This begins at the opening ceremony, where students will have the chance to hear an eminent guest speaker and meet the Secretariat. The conference also encourages constant interaction between delegates, bringing together students of similar interests and passions. This year, we are expanding even more upon events outside of committees, including information sessions about Yale University, applying to universities in the US in general, and life at such a highly regarded institution. Passionate Yale students will also host several lectures on topics in international affairs and relations. Interactions with the members of staff, all of whom are genuinely enjoy speaking with delegates, will be rewarding - they are resourceful, entertaining and ready to do just about everything to make sure this weekend is one of the best for all participants!
Yale MUN Korea's Approach to Model UN
The Yale Model United Nations Korea Conference is fundamentally different from other Model UN conferences in Asia due to its unique approach to facilitating debate and collaboration. We utilize the western Model UN approach, which emphasizes in-committee cooperation and builds critical thinking skills under pressure. Delegates are required to submit a position paper that addresses the interests of their country of representation before coming to the conference. In committee, these delegates come together, debate, and overcome differences to produce comprehensive and collaborative solutions that directly address on-going global affairs.
Our smaller committees allow delegates to experience intense cross-cultural communication and challenges to consensus among parties with vastly differing interests. By asking delegates to deal with complicated problems in smaller committees, they are able to address all aspects and factors of multifaceted international issues. Our larger committees, which are recommended for novice to intermediate delegates, nonetheless encourage personal diplomacy and negotiation skills in the spirit of international cooperation.
Delegates learn most during the conference, not only about the academic and international issue at hand, but also about their personal diplomacy style. By the end of the Yale MUN Korea conference on Sunday, delegates can communicate more clearly and better prioritize self-interested goals for the sake of international collaboration. We encourage all students to consider registration for Yale MUN Korea despite the overlap of higher education exams and the conference, as delegates will gain both knowledge and experience from this unique conference.
THE YALE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1969, the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA) is one the largest and most vibrant student organizations on Yale's campus, with an active membership approaching several hundred students and an e-bulletin reaching over 1,000 Yalies every week. Although we are an undergraduate organization, our members include both undergraduate and graduate students from a multitude of countries and backgrounds and a wide range of academic and professional interests. YIRA aspires to cultivate better relations between the Yale community and the United Nations. Currently, YIRA serves as an umbrella organization for a number of distinct initiatives all aimed at the promotion of awareness of international affairs.
YIRA's official mission is to promote debate and awareness of international relations and global affairs through a number of unique programs. These include the Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY); the Yale Model United Nations Conference (YMUN); a global education program, Hemispheres, aimed at high schools in the New Haven area; the Yale Review of International Studies; a series of well-renowned speakers and international trips; and dozens of independent initiatives, including hosting conferences in cities across the world, including Beijing, Seoul, and Prague. YIRA is also host to Yale's traveling Model UN team, which is one of the top-ranked teams in the world. YIRA has recently been granted consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. With 1,000 members hailing from 30 countries and virtually all courses of study, YIRA is one of the largest and most diverse student organizations at Yale University.