Thinking globally

Feb 24, 2010

Kettering University sent eight student delegates to the Harvard National Model United Nations conference in Boston, Mass., to explore solutions for real-world problems.

Eight Kettering University students participated in the annual Harvard National Model United Nations conference in Boston, Mass. They were sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Kettering Student Government, and the Department of Business.

The UN simulation began Feb. 11, with six sessions over the four days of conference. Results of the conference included papers called “Resolutions,” following four days of debate, argument, persuasion and collaboration. Each committee of the conference submitted one “resolution” to the United Nations in New York as a proposed solution to a current world problem, explained participant Dennis Indrawan.

The eight Kettering participants included Kabir Hassane Sanda Maiga, Uttam Hassan Dharanappa, Sumit Kamboj, Abdrahamane Traore, Bi Zan Valery Lorou, Nurudeen Huthman, Mehmet Tolga Golge, and Dennis Indrawan.

Representing Armenia and the Bahamas, the team was sent into five different committees of the United Nations: Disarmament and International Security Committee; Historical General Assembly; World Conference on Women; UN Commission for Social Development; and the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee.

The Kettering delegates said the experience was exceptional and educational. They are creating a plan to foster global mindset and boost international relations at Kettering through this annual opportunity, to help the 2011 group prepare for the Harvard Model United Nations next year, according to Indrawan.