MUN is a simulation of the real United Nations with students serving as delegates from a variety of different countries. They come together in a formal setting to solve global issues and, in the process, come to understand their role as future leaders. MUN conferences are formal public speaking events. Students participate in lobbying and formal debate while negotiating, collaborating, and solving global problems.
The array of MUN conferences that TAS teams attend reflects the global aspirations of our TAS students as they move from middle to upper school and into leadership positions. TAS delegations participate in both THIMUN-style and North American-style MUN conferences in Taiwan and across Asia, as well as in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. These conferences range from beginner middle school simulations through to IASAS MUN and Ivy League University-hosted events. TAS has also entered into partnership with THIMUN O-MUN (Online MUN) in order to increase opportunities for TAS delegates and student officers to participate in and lead global MUN events.
The most critical aspect of TAS MUN program growth has been the culture of mentorship and community cultivated by the coaches and student leaders. By building a cross-divisional mentoring network – building bridges between middle school and upper school MUN participants – TAS students have been able to unite their strengths for the advancement of all in the program. Experienced students work alongside new delegates to model and encourage the development of MUN skills. In this way, the TAS MUN program fosters service leadership.
The annual TASMUN conference in late April is the culminating event for student skill development and mentorship. Launched in 2010 for middle and upper school students, TASMUN has earned accolades both at home and abroad for its organization and participation. In 2013, The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Foundation conferred the status of "highly recommended" on TASMUN, granting it official United Nations affiliation. TASMUN V hosted over 250 participants (Grades 6-12) from 13 schools in Taiwan and across the Asia region. Thus, TASMUN serves as an inclusive conference that connects TAS students to the local and international community. It provides students with the critical thinking, public speaking, and interpersonal skills they need to be effective leaders in future careers and service opportunities.