AUSTRALASIA – Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre has won its bid to host the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN), in March 2013.
The conference is one of the world’s largest student-led international meetings and is expected to bring approximately 1,700 delegates from around the world to Melbourne, and generate approximately $8m for the state economy.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, says: “International education is Victoria’s largest export industry. More than 160,000 international students from 165 countries were enrolled in Victorian education institutions by the end of 2011, with the sector injecting $4.8bn into the state’s economy each year and creating an estimated 50,000 jobs for Victorians.”
WorldMUN offers youth leaders the opportunity to engage in cultural exchange and compete at the highest international levels of Model United Nations (UN).
Model UN is essentially a simulation of the UN that aims to educate delegates about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the UN agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats to investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau, Karen Bolinger said WorldMUN 2013 was a fantastic fit for Melbourne in light of the city’s reputation as Australia’s intellectual capital.
“Victoria has 10 world-class universities, eight of them with campuses in Melbourne’s central business district. Melbourne’s status as ‘the world’s most liveable city’ and its reputation as the major events, live music, arts and culture, and food and wine capital will surely be a major draw for students to attend next year’s event,” she adds.
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