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Award for RSM student at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference

First-year BSc International Business Administration student Vincent Jahn was an award-winning delegate at the three-day Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) conference on international relations and politics in New York City in February 2019. The student from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) prepared with a three-month track of coaching with LeidenMUN at Leiden University in the Netherlands, set up to train ambitious and inspired students to become successful diplomats and delegates.



Vincent was among 19 student delegates from Dutch universities to be trained by six experienced alumni of LeidenMUN, a student organisation with a majority of student delegates from Leiden and The Hague attending international conferences.

At HNMUN, he represented the stance of Indonesia on two topics; the augmentation of human capital to reduce the skills gap, and the economic future of green energy development in the economic and financial committee of the UN’s General Assembly.

3,000 students solving contemporary issues

Vincent was in New York City for six days, visiting the UN Headquarters, Columbia University, and the Dutch Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He then travelled to Boston for three days for the HNMUN, administered by Harvard University. “The most impressive part was the atmosphere of being among more than 3,000 students who were all ambitious and interested in their committees finding viable solutions to the world’s most pressing contemporary issues,” he said.

Coaching sessions in Leiden started last November, with mock debates about contemporary topics and skills labs to improve researching, negotiation, lobbying, public speaking and speech-writing skills. There was also a series of networking events with development banks, campaigning firms and lobbying firms so participating students could learn more about the corporate perspectives of international relations and politics.

Diplomatic commendation

By February, Vincent was ready to spend seven hours a day in debate in New York, with 100-120 teams in each session. He was a delegate for the Republic of Indonesia in the Economic and Financial Committee, in which he and his debating partner Vincent Martin Rump won one of four awards, the Diplomatic Commendation. Vincent’s debating partner, Vincent Martin Rump studies European Studies in The Hague. “But lobbying and writing resolutions happened around the clock, 24-7,” they said.

Vincent explained the pair facilitated three extremely unusual and difficult mergers with other blocs through negotiation and lobbying. The team’s impressive and diplomatic problem-solving and speeches, based on research and dedication to finding a solution, were noticed.

“I learned from the experience how vital the skills of researching, negotiation, and public speaking are. Acquiring these skills from participating in HNMUN are a great addition to my bachelor studies,” he concluded. “It showed me there are many precarious issues that can be fixed through economic mechanisms and the targeted use of business principles. I want to use my knowledge of business and economics to help solve these problems.”

“Being part of LeidenMUN’s Delegation to HNMUN taught me many valuable soft skills, which serve as a fantastic addition to the IBA. I’d like to motivate my fellow students to grasp that opportunity too.”

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at mschouten@rsm.nl.

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