RUMUN Liveblog: Closing Ceremonies Awards and Secretary-General Interview

by Ryan on November 15, 2010

The Rutgers Model UN Conference this past weekend was great! Congratulations to the Dalton School for winning Best Large Delegation and to West Windsor Plainsboro for winning Best Small Delegation! Congratulations also to East Brunwick High School for winning Outstanding Large Delegation and Elmont Memorial High School for winning outstanding small delegation.

I was really impressed with RUMUN’s devotion to providing a complete educational experience for delegates, such as offering public speaking and resolution writing workshops during lunch. Walking from committee to committee, I noticed that every delegate was part of a caucus bloc and actively participating. I later learned that committees are intentionally kept small so as to maximize each delegate’s learning experience. Even the General Assembly committees — traditionally the largest committees at a conference — were capped at 100 delegates, and I don’t remember seeing nearly that many in any single room.

I had a chance to sit down with Secretary-General Audi Syarief to ask him about RUMUN’s devotion to education:

Congratulations to delegates and staff for a great conference! And a special thank you to Audi, his Secretariat, and the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs for letting me visit!

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