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​SSS Student Bags Best Position Paper Award at APMEU 2017

Published on: 17-May-2017

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Jun Yean (2nd from right) receiving the award.

 

The School of Social Sciences (SSS) in NTU congratulates our student Teo Jun Yean on winning the Best Position Paper Presentation at the Asia Pacific Model European Union (APMEU) conference held on 13 and 14 May 2017 at Hong Kong Baptist University. 

During the conference, roles of 9 EU member states were played, including Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Sweden, and Greece. The topic for this year's simulation was the Future of the Europe, based on the ideas put forward in The White Paper 2017: The Future of Europe.  

Jun Yean, a third year Public Policy and Global Affairs Major at SSS, teamed up with Michelle Loke from NUS to represent Belgium. On his team's win, he said, "It was a pleasant surprise to have won the prize as there was no rehearsal and it was actually our first time presenting it. Furthermore, given that some of the participants were regular participants in these types of conferences and/or are Masters/PhD candidates, we did not expect to win. I would like to thank Prof Chou Meng Hsuan for her extremely rigorous (still an understatement) course on the EU, which helped immensely in the preparations leading up to the presentation." 

In its third iteration, the event was jointly organised by the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong of Hong Kong Baptist University and the National Centre for Research on Europe of University of Canterbury, in association with the European Union in Hong Kong and Macao. The event hosted 18 participants from 7 different universities in the region for the simulation.

Describing his experience, Jun Yean said, "From the conference, I better understood the decision-making processes of the EU and its role in different global issues. I also learnt about the intricacies of debate and diplomacy in the EU from the more experienced participants."

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