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By Katie Weiss

Sayed Ahmed Sumon (left) and Rangga Daranindra are students planning CDU's next Model United Nations conference for later this year Sayed Ahmed Sumon (left) and Rangga Daranindra are students planning CDU's next Model United Nations conference for later this year

A world stage was created on Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus recently with students channeling the strengths of global leaders at a model United Nations conference.

The conference was held by 25 students who role-played as UN delegates from across the globe and discussed human rights issues.

Model UN convenor and Master of Business Administration student Rangga Daranindra said the conference was a lively affair and students engaged in heated discussions.

“There’s more to university than just sitting in the classroom and doing your study,” Rangga said.

He said students learned about the countries they represented before the debate in order to understand how the delegates they played would react to each issue.

Countries included Brazil, Australia, China, New Zealand, Egypt and Indonesia.

After four hours of debate, the delegates reconciled their differences over afternoon tea.

Rangga said the Model UN event was a great way for students to improve their public speaking skills and expand their knowledge about world current affairs.

“We could be seen as leading other universities in Australia by having a Model UN at the university,” he said.

He said a student-run Model UN working group was organising a second Model UN conference for later this year.