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NCKU Model UN team wins distinguished delegation at 2016 National Model UN conference

Tainan, Taiwan, April 14, 2016

A three-member Model United Nations team of students from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, won the distinguished delegation award at the 2016 National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York.

For the first time ever, the NCKU students take on a total of 411 colleges and universities from 190 countries in the annual NMUN competition and won the distinguished delegation award.

Pingdwende Loucmane Sawadogo and Jean Donald Minougou from Burkina Faso and Jerry Chen from Taiwan showed the certificate of participation and shared the joy of success with NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su on the afternoon of April 12.

President Su congratulated the students and was impressed by the students’ initiative saying, “Somehow you have to learn to set aside your limited resource for the things you think are more important others.”

She also said, “Once you go through the challenge and the support come later. It’s a much sweeter surprise.”

About his initial decision to take the challenge, Sawadogo, a senior student from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said, “I remembered President Su once said at a meeting that one of her objectives is to bring NCKU to the international platform.”

“It’s time for us!” said Sawadogo adding, “We need to participate in international level and let other students know about NCKU.”

“As a student, most of the time we always think that what the university can do for us, but we can think the other way what can we do for our university. As a student you should leave something like legacy what you’ve done for your university,” said Sawadogo.

Having stayed in Taiwan for five years, Sawadogo said that it’s important for students in Taiwan to fight for this beautiful island in the international arena.

Talking about his experience of joining MUN on campus, Sawadogo pointed out that at that time he realized not many students in southern part of Taiwan have the guts to challenge the competition.

“We are in NCKU. NCKU was considered the best engineering school in Taiwan so we are from this outstanding university. Why not take the challenge and show the world what we got in our education,” he added.

Minougou from the Department of Resources Engineering agreed with Sawadogo and said, “It’s the opportunity for us to raise the name of the university to express our pride to be part of this extraordinary school.”

Chen, a junior from the Department of History, who has two-year experience joining MUN in Taiwan said, “I heard that the national MUN is the most competitive one in the world and it has been my dream to interact with students from the world and share my ideas with them.”

Minougou said in the NMUN he enjoyed the interaction with other students the most. “I discover more about myself and the potential in me in terms of communication and leadership because I really managed to convince other delegates to embrace my ideas.”

Sawadogo offered his advice to become a good public speaker, “To have good skills in speaking, you need to practice, you need to join leadership platforms in NCKU where you as a student you have an opportunity to express yourself.”

He continued, “You need to practice, make mistakes and learn from the mistakes. Also you need to debate, talk with people who have experience in the field. The more you’re willing to talk, the more they will help you polish your skills. And then one day you’ll be able to express yourself.”

Minougou also encouraged his fellow students to join extracurricular activities to practice communication skills. “We not only have to focus on academic aspects but leadership and communication aspect are also important. To make your idea accepted by the society that’s the way we may bring to a change.”
Provider : NCKU News
Date : 2016/04/14
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