For years, IMUNC has been trying to break and surmount the traditional Model United Nations framework, which bounds our delegates in a tiny conference room with limited and repeated topics.
For that reason, we are yet still committing ourselves to perfecting our Crisis Division, although it has already been widely recognized; we are still asking ourselves to revolutionize our traditional Model UN track, even it is mature enough; we are still challenging ourselves to initiate a new way for our delegates to touch on the law, despite that our Law Division has been hugely successful.
Every year, we hold numerous activities, both inside or outside the scope of our conference. We believe that we have a responsibility to promote our delegates’ academic capacity by creating a platform for learning and communicating, both online and offline. Today, we are announcing iSeminar, a new initiative to provide high-quality education that enlightens the youth.
iSeminar will combine the current Model UN, mock trials, strategic simulations and other model activities with IMUNC’s original content, such as Academic Dessert, Academic Salon, and the iXplore program Academic Pioneer – our answer to your ideas. iSeminar will bring our delegates and all Model UN participants a well organized and superior resource for online learning.
IMUNC’s Academic Dessert was created in 2011. Since then, it has attracted thousands of Academic Directors and delegates to participate in it as speakers and audiences. inspiring clashes of idea among the diversity of thoughts and knowledge. On the evenings during our annual conferences, speakers and audiences gather for deep discussion and deliberation on various academic topics. Distinguished from other Model UN events, IMUNC spares the evenings of the annual conferences for Academic Desserts to assist delegates to acquire knowledge beyond their own committees with streamlined courses, and furthermore, to establish an equal and efficient knowledge exchange platform.
On the other hand, since March 2015, Academic Directors from different divisions, different fields and different backgrounds have already brought 50 Academic Salons to participants of Model. Through online communication systems, the speakers have cultivated delegates’ academic spirits through illustration and group discussion on the hot issues in various fields. They have also expanded learning outside the conference rooms and brought about ideas to our delegates on how to put what they have learned in practice. In 2016, IMUNC will launch a customized salon project. It will break physical limitations and connect Academic Directors and delegates. It will also construct a more convenient platform for academic communication for all.
Academic Pioneer is the iXplore program that IMUNC has been researching on and exploring. In a period of 10 weeks, our Academic Directors, with their rich experiences and professional academic backgrounds, will be the lecturers guiding the discussion and providing analyses on specific hotspot issues of world politics, economics, law and philosophy, through online systems. Different from independent Academic Salons and Academic Desserts, a ten-week academic research cycle will enhance delegates’ understanding of professional academic concepts, and apply them in real-life problem solving. Through Academic Pioneer, not only can all participants gain a deeper understanding of cutting-edge academic theories, but they can also enjoy the academic research like undergraduate or even graduate students.
iSeminar represents our first step towards online education. We will keep devoting ourselves to bringing all delegates the best academic knowledge.