Tokyo International University

A gateway to the world 

While founded back in 1965, TIU only launched their English-track program in 2014. After five years, it has already established a diverse student community. With students from over 60 different countries, it was only natural for TIU to become a place for international spirits to flourish - there is no shortage of culture on campus. From Halloween and Tanabata to game nights and calligraphy seminars, there is never a dull moment on and around our the classrooms. One of our most famous events is the yearly International Fair, where students set up food and culture booths and all proceeds are donated to charity. With a sprawling presence of multinational culture, Campus 1 of TIU will make for an outstanding MUN conference this year. 

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Our second home

The TIU campus is situated near Kasumigaseki station, two stops away from Kawagoe station. Many TIU students begin their lives in Japan residing in its local dorms, turning it into a melting pot of different cultures coinciding along with the locals. Rest assured, it is a very safe and comfortable environment and fellow students would be delighted to show newcomers in and around town. 

Unlike many Model United Nations circles in Japan and around the world, Tokyo International University Model United Nations Club is an official representative of TIU and the English Track Program as a varsity sport club.

We first started as a circle for students majored in International Relations and Business Economics to come together after school and learn more about the operations of the United Nations. After members of the club began participating in national conferences, the leaders saw this as an opportunity to advance towards the club's true potential. After becoming an official TIU varsity club, members became extremely ambitious to showcase their diverse set of strengths to the world. After more than 10 conferences in and outside of Japan which students of TIUMUN have attended in the past years, all of them awarded our members with various awards and recognition. Toward our own conference, the members of TIUMUN are looking forward to transforming these achievements into an exceptional event that would make Tokyo and TIU the next destination in Asia for MUN enthusiasts.

 
 
 

Messages from the people

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Our Model United Nations Club is not only a place where these brilliant students can engage in academic activities, it is also a second home for them. Members of TIUMUN devote their efforts to the club not just for self-development or the glory of recognition, but because they love what they are doing, as delegates, as friends, and as ambitious students stepping outside the comfort zones of their home countries. This is what makes them different.
— Thomas Blackwood, Ph.D, Professor of Sociology, TIUMUN Advisor.
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As a member since day one, I have seen how the club has become successful as a vibrant platform for students who are enthusiastic about global issues. But it is not just that. TIUMUN is unique thanks to a warm and welcoming atmosphere with friendly people who share passions. They work with hearts, and that’s why I think MUN@TIU will give something more than just knowledge.
— Wichuta Teeratanabodee, 2017-2018 President of TIUMUN . She is currently pursuing a master degree in Development Studies at Lund University, Sweden.
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The club is very close to my heart. [TIUMUN is] a diverse, vibrant, and also, friendly community in which everybody can develop their skills. Also, being able to participate in international conferences and representing TIU is something everybody can be proud of because the club is the [representative that] competes against and connects with other universities across Japan and the globe. It has shown much potential, and it will continue to flourish and grow with its outstanding members in the future. There is no doubt about that!
— Bastian Harth, 2016-2017 President of TIUMUN. He recently finished his graduate study at the University of Sheffield.
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BE A PLACE WHERE THE WORLD COMES TOGETHER

Understanding the excitement of having a diverse population at Tokyo International University, the TIUMUN team sees MUN@TIU as the conference to bring the different representatives of the world together. Not only can our participants engage in the debate and exchange ideas, but they can also form meaningful connections with other peers - an important social capital for their academic and professional endeavor in the future.

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TACKLE UNCONVENTIONAL ISSUES

One of the biggest challenge for all MUN conference is coming up with a distinctive but relevant topic that has not been sufficiently addressed. Going beyond customary grounded topics, MUN@TIU also seeks to cover issues that has yet to be addressed on the international level. We hope to bring to our conference not only the challenge of an addressing an unfamiliar issue but also the opportunity for our delegates to exercise their creativity in solving it.

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SURPASS THE STATUS QUO

Hosted by an exceptional team, MUN@TIU is a conference that will keep growing and improving. At our conference, we work to ensure all participants can be comfortable during their interaction with fellow delegates, to overcome their fears and learn valuable knowledge as well as personal skills. Ultimately, TIUMUN will be combining the strengths of each and every member to ensure a conference of the highest standards and even more. Rest assured, we will not disappoint.

Our Inaugural Conference

On July 6, 2018, MUN@TIU 2018 officially kicked off. Hosted by a team of experienced MUN enthusiasts, the conference was the first MUN event to be hosted by Tokyo International University Model United Nations club. Over the course of the three-day conference, participants representing 35 countries discussed what role outer space plays in global peace and security, which actions can be implemented to ensure outer space are not used for military purposes, and how member states can cooperate to promote peaceful development of outer space technology.

Below is the report of MUN@TIU 2018, which aims to capture the main activities, achievements, and outputs of our inaugural conference. If you find what we do interesting, considered MUN@TIU 2019 your next destination this May!

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Admin team planning the reception for Day 1

Admin team planning the reception for Day 1

Planning Stage

As the weather grew warmer from spring to summer, the same went for the preparation for MUN@TIU 2018 - everything was up and running. The team was more than welcoming to outstanding delegates from not only Japan but also other countries to come and participate. We received numerous applications from delegates from different nationalities. To ensure that international participants are well catered to their needs in Japan, the organizers were always ready to answer any inquiries whether it be access, fee, and application procedures. There were also efforts to provide pick up services from various locations near the venue and the airport for delegates who were unsure of how to commute in Japan.

Delegates follow our chairperson - Phan Xuan Dung - to the venue.

Delegates follow our chairperson - Phan Xuan Dung - to the venue.

Day 1

After the last steps of preparations, the Opening Ceremony officially started at 3 P.M with the presentation on the conference’s objectives and the opening remarks from our club president. After that, all delegates received a briefing of rules of procedure and code of conduct by the Dais, followed by the opening speeches in which they present their country’s stances, situations and potential solutions. At exactly 6.30 P.M, after all the hard work and passionate speeches, the first day of the conference came to an end, and delegates moved to our lovely dining hall in Building 1 to enjoy the Reception Dinner. Delegates and organisers alike were enjoying the performance by TIU’s Jazz Band Mellow Dolphin. Their sweet music brought ease to everyone and marked the end of Day 1.

 
TIU’s Mellow Dolphin jazz band prepare for their performance.

TIU’s Mellow Dolphin jazz band prepare for their performance.

 

Day 2

On the second day, we started the day with the keynote speech by Mr. Tsuneo Nishida - former Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. In his 45-minute speech, he discussed whether the United Nations is still relevant in this modern world. Mr. Nishida inspired the audience with an emotional yet informative speech about the dilemma of how to protect human rights while facing security issues. He concluded by posing a question for the delegates to ponder on: whether or not the United Nations can still give meaning to future international relations.

The delegate of Israel during a debate session of Day 2.

The delegate of Israel during a debate session of Day 2.

Following the address, all delegates moved to fruitful discussions and lively debates on the topic of Weaponization of Space. The Dais of the conference were glad to see that the delegates showed a high-level of understanding of their countries’ stances and their capability of sharing their ideas, even though Weaponization of Space was considered as a new yet quite challenging topic. Before the end of the third session, all delegates succeeded to submit the three draft resolutions. After that, all delegates and organizers moved to the dining hall to attend the Activity Night. The MUN@TIU 2018 team once again astonished the delegates with their preparation and decoration of the dining hall. The foods were delicious, the music was beautiful, and the games were fun. They even surprised the delegates with the mini live show performed by talented TIU students. We could not ask for a better night.

Day 3

Despite the exhausting second day, there were no signs of slowing down on the discussions regarding amendments on the third day. After receiving feedback from the Dais and further discussion, delegates were able to identify the flaws and polish the quality of the draft resolutions even further. Two draft resolutions were introduced in the afternoon and one draft resolution was passed at the end of the session. For many delegates, they were proud of the achievements in three days and looked forward to attending the 2019 conference. In the Awards and Closing Ceremony, the Dais honorably presented the Delegate of Israel with the “Best Delegate” Award, the Delegate of China with the “Best Position Paper” Award, and the Delegate of Germany with the “Outstanding Delegate” Award. We believed that all delegates had had precious memories together and hoped that we could all see each other in the near future.

 
Indonesian delegates posed with TIUMUN team for a group picture.

Indonesian delegates posed with TIUMUN team for a group picture.

 

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