MACE-MUN 2015

MACE-MUN 2015 [Event concluded]

6, 7, 8 March 2015 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

 Organized by Team MACE-POST (Mar Athanasius College of Engineering,Kothamangalam) and Rotary Club, Kothamangalam

UPDATE: Click here for the newsletters (MACE MUN Chronicle) published by the International Press Team during MACE MUN 2015.

UPDATE: Click here for MACE MUN 2015 photos.

UPDATE: Every participant is allotted a country. Click here to view the matrix.

UPDATE: The MACE MUN 2015 study guide is here. Click here to download.

Model United Nations (MUNs) are windows into the world of the future. They evoke the transcendence of an aura that lets you look into yourself through the eyes of the world. Founded on the enterprise that everything runs on the simple pleasures of diplomacy instilled through a refined affection for dialogue and collaborative action, each MUN serves to be a representation of our own versions of world peace.

The MACE-MUN 2015 is set for its three days of eventfulness on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March.

The Mar Athanasius College of Engineering (MACE), Kothamangalam (near Ernakulam, Kerala), one of the pioneers in the engineering colleges in the country, has over 50 years of excellence to its credit. MACE provides every facility to its students to push their limits and achieve academic as well as professional excellence.

The MACE-MUN was the first of its kind when it was initially launched in 2014, as an initiative of the students and the staff of the college. Just like its sister MUNs around the world, the MACE-MUN strove quite successfully to create the same enthusiasm displayed over the years.

The general rules and the structure of MACE-MUN conferences mimic those of a real United Nations conference, although greatly simplified in order to correspond to the younger generation. These rules are designed to maintain structure in the academic aspect of the event from the beginning to end, preserving the rights of each delegate, at the same time permitting freedom and creativity through courteous debates. This set of guidelines is directly suited for modern politics, involving principles that will surely come in handy to any aspiring to positions of leadership and responsibility.

So, imagine yourself at the highest and the most trusted level of power, with the fate of the world in your hands. Only through respect for the rules and guidelines that shape our current lives may we excel at creating our own.

For more information about the rules and procedures followed at the MACE-MUN, please visit the link given below:

Procedures and Rules Handbook

Click here to go to the registration page.

For details, contact:

Jitesh Sivakumar: +919567126444
Shema Mathew: +919446709204
Prince Raju: +91 8281073752

Tilak Raj: +919645619194 (Convenor)

Email id: macemun@gmail.com

Click here to see the photos of the MACE-MUN 2014

 

Frequently asked questions

What is an MUN?

MUN (Model United Nations) is a simulation of the UN. The UN has several divisions, say, the General Assembly or the Security Council. At the MACE-MUN, we are organizing the General Assembly (GA). The participants debate and discuss on several socio-political issues during the three day event. The prize money on offer is Rs. 20,000/-

There will be a total of around 100 participants for the event. Each participant will represent a country assigned to him/her taking his/her preference into account. No two participants will represent the same country.

The selected participants will be given the topics for discussion. Examples of topics given in an MUN General Assembly are Women Empowerment and Human Rights violation in XYZ country.

A chair and a co-chair will moderate the proceedings. Participants may even be expelled in case of indiscipline. There won’t be any audience for the event. The entire procedure will be an exact simulation of the UN and in accordance with the UN protocols.

What are the benefits of participating in an MUN?

There are many benefits. First and foremost is the value of the participation certificate. MUN is easily the best and the most challenging public speaking event. A participant is required to know everything about the country he/she is representing, needs to have adequate general awareness and needs to engage in discussions which are extremely formal.

Participants are expected to behave and address each other exactly as in the UN. For example, the use of first person is forbidden during discussions. There are many other rules and procedures. These are available in the handbook available for downloading.
Procedures and Rules Handbook

This is the most professional public speaking event. The certificate, hence has great value, and gives a huge boost to one’s profile/CV. This is also particularly useful for those who are aiming for leadership roles as well as to those hoping to go for MBA/Civil Service exams. The certificate has value for admission to foreign universities as well.

The certificate of participation in an MUN is a testimony to a student’s public speaking skills and awareness on global issues. MUNs are organized all over the world. Thus, the participation certificate has global acclaim.

There is prize money worth Rs. 20,000/- on the offering. This will be given to the best delegate, high commendation, special mention and to the best first timer.

There will also be a cultural night to add to the fun.

Who all can register for the event?

Anyone in the age group 16-27 as on 1/1/2015 can participate in the MACE-MUN. They may be from within India or abroad. They have to register through the link provided in this website.

How are the participants selected?

Participants are selected based on the form they fill out during the  registration process. The criteria will be their public speaking skills, social concern and general awareness. Previous experience in similar events will also be considered as a bonus.

After this initial screening, there will be further rounds of screening, if necessary. These may include telephone interview, reference checks etc.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee is Rs. 1,200/- which also includes food for all the 3 days of the event. But, accommodation charges will have to be paid extra. There are different options available for accommodation.

Participants can opt for nearby college hostels or hotels. The details are given in the registration page.

We will shortlist the candidates who have registered and the fee will be collected from them by 1st March, 2015.

How will the participant know if he/she is selected?

We will intimate the selected candidates by 20th February.

When will the participant know the topic and the country he/she is representing?

The topic will be provided and the country will be assigned on payment of the non-refundable registration fee of Rs.1,200/-. Accommodation charges can be paid at the venue.

The fee is non-refundable just to ensure that a participant who is assigned a country does not back out. Because, if a delegate who is assigned USA fails to come, it will significantly affect the proceedings and discussions will be limited. Thus, any participant who is selected needs to pay the fee. Only then will the country be assigned.

Will there be any training?

Since this is an event that many are unaware of, we will be conducting a free mock workshop during a weekend before the final event for those who are participating in the event for the first time. It will be optional. Any selected participant can come and attend this workshop at his/her own expense.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Participants must wear Indian formals or Western formals for the event. Skirts are not allowed. The UN procedures apply here as well. Ideally, delegates must wear suits for the event. But, we are giving minor relaxations since this is a new event. Delegates are allowed to come in any formals, the dress-code that is followed while appearing for an interview.

Has MUN been organized elsewhere?

MUN is a hugely popular event in the European as well as the Gulf countries. These countries have MUN clubs and inter-school and inter-college MUNs are organized in large scale.

In India, however, there is a very low level of awareness about MUNs. Here, MUN is limited to the top metro cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai etc.

In Kerala, there have only been 2 MUNs organized so far.  One MUN was organized in 2011 by St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam. That event was conducted in association with MUN-India and most of the participants were from outside Kerala. The MACE MUN 2014 was the first time an MUN was conducted by an engineering college within the state.

The MACE-MUN hopes to continue to spread awareness and educate the youth about this grand event and its spirit.

For details, contact:

Jitesh Sivakumar: +919567126444
Shema Mathew: +919446709204
Prince Raju: +91 8281073752

Tilak Raj: +919645619194 (Convenor)

Email id: macemun@gmail.com

Click here to go to the registration page.

Websites:

www.mace.ac.in (official college website)

www.themacepost.com (college newsletter)