A 19 year old first year International Relations student at Richmond, Romina Escobar Torres, has been selected from 18,000 applicants to attend a three day conference in Thailand in November for the Model United Nations (MUN).
Every year, more than 400,000 people from primary schools, secondary schools, universities, and beyond take part in a Model United Nations. By role-playing meetings like the Security Council and General Assembly, participants get a unique insight into how the United Nations works. They research, debate and try to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Romina’s brief from the Model United Nations is to make a 30 minute presentation in front of 1,000 young delegates from around the world on the South American country of Belize, its economy, challenges and opportunities.
Romina said, “I’m really looking forward to presenting at the conference. I’ve been interested in politics throughout my life, my mother and grandmother are Peruvian and my father Spanish and they have had a big influence on my life, always stressing the importance of human rights and giving something back to society. So I’ve attended events for young people at the Parliaments in both Spain and Peru and also been to the European Parliament. I initially studied medicine for a year in Spain but felt I really needed to understand how the world works, before continuing my studies in medicine, so moved to Richmond to study International Relations, which I’m really enjoying.”
Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice President for Student Affairs at Richmond, said, “The Model United Nations conference is a fantastic opportunity for Romina to extend her understanding of International Relations, bringing it alive in a really practical way. It will also benefit other students at Richmond, we can’t wait for Romina to share her experience on her return!”
The International Relations programme at Richmond prepares students for a career in international organisations, business, finance, government institutions, agencies, and the media. It provides specific knowledge in three core areas: International relations theory and concepts, global institutions, and contemporary issues in international affairs.