GZU SHINES AT CURTIN UNIVERSITY, MALAYSIA
The Great Zimbabwe University Model United Nations Youth Club (GZUMUN) flew the University flag high in the 2018 Borneo International Model United Nations Conference that was held at Curtin University, Malaysia. The University sent a participating four member team which consisted of:- Simbarashe Chigumira who was assigned to represent the United States of America in the UN Security Council, Ivy Madziwo who was assigned to represent Turkey in the UN Development Committee, Brighton Zonge who was assigned to represent Thailand in the UN Security Council and Christopher Tinotenda Zvobgo who was assigned to represent Israel in the UN Human Rights Council.
The Model United Nations is a special initiative by Universities and other learning institutions around the world which simulates the proceedings and debates of the actual United Nations (UN). Students are assigned countries and grouped into the different Councils of the UN wherein they debate various topics from the view point of their assigned countries.
As such, the Great Zimbabwe University participating team put in their maximum effort and managed to scoop “A collective appreciation award” for their sterling performance at the event. The Great Zimbabwe University delegates also excelled in their debates and in that respect, Simbarashe Chigumira and Ivy Madziwo received the prestigious, “Honourable Mention awards”, which are given to the most outstanding delegates in the respective councils. The event has increased the University’s visibility on the International scene as the first African University to attend the auspicious event. This was a first time experience for the students, the university, country and the continent but this did not stop the students from performing at their best as evidenced by the individual and collective awards.
Several Universities at the event indicated their intentions to participate at the Great Zimbabwe University Model United Nations which is set to be hosted by the GZUMUN club next year. During the conference, the students had an opportunity to form strategic partnerships with representatives of other Model United Nations clubs and notably, the students managed to establish formal contact with the representative of the United Nations Youth Agency who was present at the event. Great Zimbabwe University was offered an opportunity to proceed to the Harvard Model of United Nations 2019. Speaking to one of the participating students, Simbarashe Chigumira who is also a law student, he expressed his profound gratitude to the Vice Chancellor Prof Rungano Jonas Zvobgo for supporting their initiative and always having the faith that Great Zimbabwe University can do it!