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Model Asian Union 2016

Assembly Rules and Procedures

  1. Introduction
    A. Official and Working Language
    English and Korean are the official and working languages of all rounds during presentations and discussions.
    B. Decorum
    Participants are to follow the schedule and the instructions given by the MAU Commission.
    C. Teams
    Students from either undergraduate or graduate institutions may attend the Model Asian Union as a team. One team consists of two people, without regard to their institutions.
    D. Leagues
    There are two leagues that will take place simultaneously; English league will be conducted in the English language, and the Korean league in Korean.
    E. Purpose
    The purpose of this assembly is to provide a platform for discussions among young leaders of Asia, and to collect creative ideas regarding Asian integration that can only be collected from students. The essence of Proposal Papers and presentations is the creativity of the participants’ arguments, and this criterion is deeply involved with Sections IV.D and VII.C.
  2. Specifics of the Assembly
    A. Proposal Paper
    1. For each 2-person group, 1 set of Proposal Papers should be submitted.
    2. The evaluation of the Proposal Papers will be used to determine who proceeds to the preliminary round.
    3. The evaluation of the Proposal Papers will be included in the determination process of the teams that shall proceed to the Finals.
    B. Schedule
    1. Registration: 2016 September 20th - October 27th
    2. Registration fee due: Within 48 hours after registration application is sent
    3. Proposal Paper: 2016 October 1st – October 28th
    4. Preliminary Round: 2016 November 2nd(Wednesday)
    5. Grand Finals: 2016 November 3rd(Thursday) – 4th(Friday)
    C. Assembly Format
    1. Two different leagues that use Korean and English respectively will be conducted simultaneously.
    2. Based on the presentation conducted at the preliminary round and the evaluation of the proposal papers, 8 teams will be selected to proceed to the finals.
    D. Awards
    1. Best Proposal: Chair of the One-Asia Foundation Award / KRW 1,500,000
    2. Best Idea: Secretary General of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat Award
    3. Best presentation: Asia Economic Community Foundation Award / KRW 1,500,000
    E. Motions, specifics and inquiries
    1. Motions and others: www.maunion.net, or facebook.com/modelaisanunion
    2. Further inquiries: mau8th@gmail.com
    A. Theme f-or the Proposal Papers (Preliminary Round Theme)
    Suggest a way to realize the Asian Union in three ways, economically, culturally and in other ways, and then suggest a model of the Asian Union.
    B. Grand Finals
    Suggest a way to realize the Asian Union in three ways, economically, culturally and in other ways, and then suggest a model of the Asian Union.
  3. Proposal Paper & Presentations
    A. Proposal Paper
    Participants are required to submit proposal papers prior to the Assembly for evaluation. Proposal papers allow participants to organize and format their ideas and positions in concrete form, and represent their response to the theme given in the Model Asian Union.
    B. Proposal Paper Format(English League)
    1. Font Type: Cambria
    2. Font Size: 11pt
    3. Paper Size: A4(210x297mm)
    4. Single-spaced
    5. Convert the file to a PDF format before submission.
    6. Length: 1~3 pages, 5pages in total including the cover and reference pages
    C. 제안서 형식(한국어 리그)
    1. 글씨체: 굴림
    2. 글씨 크기: 10pt
    3. 용지 크기: A4(210x297mm)
    4. 줄간격: 1줄
    5. 제출 전에 파일을 PDF 형식으로 변환할 것
    6. 주제 당 분량: 1~3장
    7. 총 분량: 표지와 참조 문헌 페이지 각 1장 포함, 총 5페이지
    D. Content Rules
    The contents of all pages must follow the requirements, and should keep the following rules:
    1. The cover page must include the following information:
      1. Team Name
      2. Team Member Names
      3. Institution(s)
      4. Phone Number(s)
      5. E-mail Address(es)
    2. All pages must include references according to the following rules:
      1. For the citations, the MLA, APA, and Chicago formats are to be used.
      2. The sources of quotations and statistics, if any, should be identified.
    E. Proposal Paper Evaluation Criteria
    The Proposal Papers have an original maximum of 80 points, and this will determine a team’s advancement to the Assembly. After three rounds of presentations the Proposal Paper score will be calculated to have a maximum of 20 points, which will be added to the preliminary round’s worth of scores, which is to have a maximum of 80 points. In other words, the Proposal Papers as well as the scores from the preliminary round all affect a team’s advancement to the Finals.
    Evaluation of the Proposal Papers is based on the following criteria:
    1. Content: 50
    2. Content has to do with the material that you cover, and this not only deals with facts but also the originality of your ideas. A simple delineation of facts that already exist will not earn you high evaluation; rather you will first be asked to be as creative in your ideas as possible, then bring appropriate supporting facts to help explain your logic. Creativity is a vital issue that is encouraged by this assembly, therefore the first criteria to be evaluated is the novelty of the participants’ ideas.
      Note: Creativity will be evaluated on the basis of whether idea / approach already exists, whether it provides a new line or extension of existing policies, or whether they are ideas that are only conceivable by students. Novelty is an important issue when dealing with this criteria, and is deeply emphasized in many sections in the Rules of Procedures.
    3. Logic: 30
    4. This is the validity of your assertion in the Proposal Paper, as well as the rationale that your Paper provides in order to reach the conclusion. Your explanation of your assertion and arguments should not end at an assumption, but your team should also give enough logical ground as to why your model and approach will be realized and feasible.
      Note: The scores combined determine your teams’ advancement to the Finals, which will be calculated to have a maximum score of 20(as opposed to the original 80).
    F. Presentation Round – Time Allocations
    During the presentations, the time allocation for each round will be as follows:
    (10 minutes – spare time for possible delays during the round)
    Total: 100 minutes
    G. Presentation File Format
    1. Use of MS PowerPoint or any other presentation program is required.
    2. Participants must bring a soft copy of the files to the MAU Assembly.
    3. Participants cannot revise their PowerPoint files during the Assembly (submittal before the presentation round is required.)
    H. Conducting the Presentation
    1. Delivering ideas vocally and visually is an important consideration at the Model Asian Union. Participants should consider the audience and be prepared for their reactions to their proposals.
    2. There are no set guidelines for making and giving presentations, and participants should each decide their own preferred presentation method.
    3. A good presentation should keep to the time given, be polite, introduce the constructive ideas and arguments relevant to the rounds, provide reasoning and analysis, be persuasive, suggest objectives or solutions, and open up room for discussion on the participants’ ideas.
    I. Questions from the Adjudicators
    1. There will be 5 minutes of questions from the panel after each teams’ presentations, which will take roughly around 5 minutes.
    2. The questions are meant for clarification purposes only, so that it facilitates the judges’ comprehension of the participants’ ideas.
    J. Conducting the Discussion
    1. The discussions take place after the four teams have finished their presentations as well as the adjudicators’ questions to their ideas.
    2. The purpose of discussions is not to break down or disprove the other teams’ ideas, but is rather a means for clarification and discourse.
    3. All questions and answers after all teams’ presentations are accounted for by the adjudicators, and should be relevant, engaging and thorough. Participants or the audience must respect the authority of the adjudicators to give the right to speak (ask questions, give new information, etc.) during the discussion. Participants or the audience who speak without the Head’s permission can be restrained by the adjudicator.
    Note: Linguistic fluency is not a criterion of evaluation, but the novelty of the ideas presented by the participants is more important.
    K. Presentation & Discussion Evaluation Criteria
    Total points allocated for the presentation and discussions are 80 points, and they are added to the total of 20 points previously allocated for the Proposal Papers to decide the teams’ advancement to the Finals. In other words, the Proposal Papers as well as the presentation and discussions all affect the respective teams’ advancement to the Finals.
    Evaluation of the presentations and discussions are based on the following criteria:
    1. Content: 50
    2. Content has to do with the material that you cover, and this not only deals with facts but also the originality of your ideas. A simple delineation of facts that already exist will not earn you high evaluation; rather you will first be asked to be as creative in your ideas as possible, then bring appropriate supporting facts to help explain your logic. Creativity is a vital issue that is encouraged by this assembly, therefore the first criteria to be evaluated is the novelty of the participants’ ideas.
      Note: Creativity will be evaluated on the basis of whether idea / approach already exists, whether it provides a new line or extension of existing policies, or whether they are ideas that are only conceivable by students. Novelty is an important issue when dealing with this criteria, and is deeply emphasized in many sections in the Rules of Procedures.
    3. Logic: 30
    4. This is the validity of your assertion during the presentation, as well as the rationale that your presentation provides in order to reach the conclusion. Your explanation of your assertion and arguments should not end at an assumption, but your team should also give enough logical ground as to why your model and approach will be realized and feasible.
    5. Discussion: 20
    6. This is the participants’ ability to ask appropriate questions and to address questions from other teams effectively, to exchange ideas as well as give clarifications. Teams are advised to make productive discourse rather than aggressive counterarguments. Active discussion and participation is encouraged as more participation means more time for your team to stand out.
      Note: The scores for each round will be 100 points maximum, and will be weighed as 80 points in the process of deciding Finals advancing teams.
      The presentation rounds have a minimum score floor of 75, and a cap of 100.
    L. Adjudication
    1. There will not be any oral adjudication given after the respective rounds are over.
    2. After the announcement of the teams that break to the Finals, the teams that request oral adjudication can ask for the respective Adjudicator for the rounds to provide them with feedback.
  4. Advancing to the Finals
    A. Advancement
    1. Top 8 teams from each league with the highest combined scores collected from the Proposal Paper (20%) and the preliminary round (80%) will advance to the Finals.
    2. In the Finals, the team that collects the highest average score for the presentation from the adjudicators (60%), with the combined scores from the Preliminary Round (40%), wins the league.
  5. Disqualification
    A. Penalty Resulting from Disqualification
    1. Failure to meet the criteria mentioned below will result in disqualification.
    B. Punctuality
    1. The participants as well as all teams must be on time.
    2. During the roll call before each round, if a team is absent or is missing a member, the team is disqualified.
    C. Internet Usage
    1. The Model Asian Union does not discourage participants of using the Internet for their research before the rounds.
    2. However, any usage of the Internet during the rounds where presentations are conducted will result in the disqualification of that team.
    D. Plagiarism
    1. So as long as the participants make apparent, in their Proposal Papers as well as the presentations the sources of their charts, statistics and facts are referenced, this is not deemed as a problem.
    2. However, if any two or more words are directly quoted from a certain source, as well as any ideas that are not from the teams and rather rightfully credited MUST be referenced. Failure to meet this criteria will result in disqualification.
  6. Complaints and its Procedures
    A. Complaints
    1. A team may raise a complaint regarding the procedures, structure, or anything else regarding the presentation rounds after a round is over.
    B. Procedure
    1. At the discretion of the Organizing Committee, there will be a final say regarding the matter by the Chief Adjudicator directly to the participant that gave rise to the complaint.