Varsities urged to revive Model UN Programme

By BERNAMA / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The government has urged all universities in the country to revive the Model United Nations (UN) Programme as part of efforts to prepare more students to be involved in international programmes.

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (picture) said although the programme had long existed and been implemented in tertiary institutions, it must be more proactively conducted from time to time to ensure that this group could become little ambassadors who could foster closer diplomatic ties between Malaysia and other countries.

“One key aspect of foreign policy is public diplomacy and people-to-people (P2P) relations. Public diplomacy means we promote non-political and non-trading products like language, literature, education and human aid.

“This is what we take with us in our foreign policies because foreign policy is not just about politics and economics, it must be accompanied by public diplomacy and it involves what is called P2P cooperation.

“Here, undergraduates play an important role in many ways, for instance in humanitarian missions, including the latest in Lombok and Palu, Indonesia..so recently, the Cabinet made a decision to prepare the students better through the Model UN Programme,” he said.

Saifuddin was speaking to reporters after attending a gathering with members of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and the International Food Fiesta held at UMP, Gambang campus in Kuantan yesterday.