Fostering Global Ethics in an Age of Post Truths
What is an age of post truths? Entered into the English vocabulary in 2016, post-truth is a reality in which we witness and experience the increasing irrelevance of the facts in public discourse. It refers to a time when facts and evidence can deceive. There is an over-abundance of information, whether they be facts, opinions, hashtags, tweets, posts, likes, hearts, hugs, and everything else in between. The people affected are no longer in one small community, but are scattered all around the world. The role of THIS-MUN is to clarify the facts and what they mean to be able to help people, communities and nations.
Established in 2009, THIS-MUN is a student-led club, and one of the oldest clubs at the school.
It is dedicated to developing students’ perspectives on various international affairs, stimulating their professional writing potential, and practicing their leadership skills. During the weekly club sessions, students are exposed to global challenges, such as peace and security, poverty and development, human rights, environment, public health, globalization and other topics, aiming to guide students to understand, think and discuss the issues with an international perspective.
For more than 10 years, members of THIS-MUN have been active in many conferences, demonstrating eloquence in debates, and leadership when working with students from other schools, and integrating and applying the historical, political, and cultural knowledge they have learned at school to their speeches. Also, they demonstrate a full understanding of the various conference topics and global issues, showcasing their rich knowledge base and a solid cultural background. With these qualities, THIS students have won many awards and, more importantly, their understanding of global affairs has been deepened.
THIS nurtures, within classrooms and through student clubs like MUN, our students to become global citizens with both native Chinese and English language skills, and international mindsets. Our students are encouraged to develop diverse club activities on their own, so that they can look at the international community.
Clubs such as MUN, help students specifically learn about the operational mechanism of multilateral international organizations, such as the United Nations. They are also encouraged to devote themselves to public diplomacy and international exchange work, to stand on the international stage and actively show their Chinese cultural roots, participate in global governance, and communicate their cultural ideas. Looking to the future, these same students will be able to confidently carry out the important mission of “telling the Chinese story” within a global context and with an international vision.