News from Schools December 10, 2018

MUN: A Simulation of the United Nations for Brillantmont Students

What is MUN?

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Students research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.

Conferences take place across the world. During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. Brillantmont participates in several MUN conferences each year, locally and overseas. Everyone in the Brillantmont community has the opportunity to attend a prestigious MUN conference. In fact, every year around 40% of our students attend Model United Nations and amazingly, Brillantmont is the only school from Europe which participates in MUN Singapore. The MUN conference in The Hague is hugely popular, which means that bigger schools can only take a small percentage of their students who wish to attend.

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Brillantmont – building skills and confidence

Inclusiveness and providing opportunities for all means that at Brillantmont the focus of MUN is on learning and development, not competition, performance, and elitism. Through the conference experiences, Brillantmont’s students get to grow and develop. Having their personal achievements celebrated breeds confidence. Any anxiety, apprehension, and self-doubt with regards to public speaking, levels of English when preparing for the challenge of the first MUN conference are replaced by ambition, confidence, and desire to engage in public debate. MUN is academically challenging which explains why it is held in high regard by admissions departments for College. It is also recognized as a High School credit in our Diploma program.

As well as developing an international perspective, boosting academic English vocabulary and nurturing informed global citizens, MUN teaches students about themselves. The authentic learning experience provides them with the opportunity to take control of and responsibility for their learning. Students are encouraged to take risks, to learn through trial and error without the negative consequence of a bad grade or lost opportunity. In the future, they can draw on this experience and the confidence it installed.

In November seventeen students from Brillantmont participated in the THIMUN Singapore conference. For sixteen of them, it was their first conference experience. What makes MUN Singapore so special and important is the visible student development that the students themselves see and feel for themselves.

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Brillantmont International School

Brillantmont International School is a fully accredited day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13-18 in the center of Lausanne. The school provides internationally recognized academic programmes taught in English, which allow students to enter universities throughout the world.

With 120 students from over 35 different nationalities, Brillantmont is very much an international school, which values cultural diversity.

Since its foundation in 1882, Brillantmont has belonged to the same family and we are proud of our homely environment in which every student can reach their full potential.

Brillantmont International School

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