From 1-4 April 2010, a delegation of five students from Ashesi University participated in the Asia International Model United Nations Conference hosted at Peking University, Beijing, China. They made themselves, their school, and the entire nation of Ghana proud by winning the ‘Best Delegation’ award, beating out delegations from fifteen other countries. In addition to the ‘Best Delegation’ award, representatives from Ashesi won two ‘Outstanding Delegate’ Awards for their performance representing Africa’s interests in two UN subcommittees.

The Model United Nations Conference provides an opportunity for university students from around the world who share an interest in international relations to come together and discuss important issues from different perspectives. The goal of the conference is to simulate the proceedings of the real United Nations. The Beijing Model United Nations Conference facilitated discussions covering a spectrum of topics including: politics, economics, society, and culture. Discussions centered on developing solutions to some of the most pressing global issues, such as the global financial crisis and relief efforts in Haiti.

The Ashesi delegation was involved in four different United Nations committees, namely the General Assembly, the Group of Twenty, the Non-Governmental Organizations and the Ambassadors Program. Students stepped into the shoes of diplomats and ambassadors and engaged in negotiations, while learning how to interact with fellow student colleagues from all over the world

The Ashesi delegation included: Isaac Appiah (Class of 2012), Prince Addoquaye Acquaye (Class of 2012), Prince Paul Dwomoh (Class of 2012), Edwin Acquah (Class of 2011) and Omayma Halabi Ahma (Class of 2011).

The delegation was sponsored by Silver Star Towers, Latex Foam, Ash Foam, Azar Chemicals, Wire-Weaving, Koala Shopping Centre, Ethiopian Airlines and Ashesi University, for whose assistance the delegation was extremely grateful.

One of the delegates, Isaac Appiah, stated “I believe that it is as a result of the critical thinking skills we have developed as part of our education at Ashesi that helped us perform so well in this international conference.”