The next generation debate to solve today's world issues

13 February 2017

Students from across the world gathered at Canterbury Christ Church University to learn and debate global issues of today and realise solutions as the ‘leaders of tomorrow’.


The Canterbury United Nations Model Conference invited a delegation of students from the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, along with the University’s partner schools from Kent and Medway, to think about the potential problems that their generation would have to manage in the future.

Groups representing the views of a single Member State of the United Nations were tasked with researching their countries’ policies to broaden their cultural awareness and familiarise themselves with state policy, ideas and cultures different to their own.

The conference was organised by Canterbury Christ Church University’s International Office and Outreach Team in partnership with the Middle East Model United Nations (MUN).

Students between Years 7 and 11 from Maplesden Noakes School in Maidstone, one of the University’s partner schools, took part in the three-day conference. Alexis Wooding, in Year 7 at the school said: “I thought the event was amazing, everyone should have this opportunity to meet interesting people from different countries. I’d love to come back if I had the chance!”


From left to right: Director of International Partnerships and Development, Sue Kendall-Seatter, Director of Skills at the Ministry of Education (UAE), Khalfan Juma Almarashda, Deputy Vice-Chancellor CCCU, David Shepherd, Managing Director of the Middle East MUN, Ishrat Siddiqui, International Partnership Officer CCCU, Rami Younes, Project Officer for the Outreach Team CCCU, Stefan Colley and 
Assistant Director of International Partnerships and Development, Stephen Lamyman. 

Stefan Colley, Project Officer for the Outreach Team at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The Canterbury Model UN encourages the development of skills essential to all fields of study and employment, such as strong leadership, innovative thinking and public speaking, negotiation, mediation and consensus-building, and the ability to rapidly form relationships with people of different backgrounds and cultures.”

Rami Younes, International Partnership Officer at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This event was hugely exciting as it was the first of its kind at Christ Church. It was fantastic to witness the cross-cultural friendships which developed between the young students. Organizing such a conference is key in promoting international relations and contributing to the local community as part of our global outlook. We hope that this will be the first of many such Model United Nations conferences.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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