Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Participants in MUN conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries where they represent members of that body. Students from Erasmus University have been highly successful.
Every Tuesday night, for the duration of one academic year, a group of highly motivated Erasmus University students gather to debate, write proposals, and prepare for international MUN conferences. This year they made it onto the list of ‘The World’s Best International University Model UN Teams’.
They won the highest number of awards an EUR team has ever won. And that’s not because delegations from previous years were no good. On the contrary: the last six years the team from EUR has been chosen as an ‘outstanding’ or ‘distinguished’ delegation.
Like the real UN
In the most recent New York MUN conference more than 6,500 student competitors from 180 universities in 47 countries on six continents took part. Student delegates debated and negotiated agreements regarding a wide range of current issues from the agenda of the real UN, covering political, economic, social, financial, and environmental topics, using the same rooms and facilities in which the global diplomats at the United Nations negotiate agreements on these same issues. The concluding General Assembly was held in the Great Hall at UN Headquarters.
Students were judged on their diplomatic and negotiating skills, their ability to write accurate legal documents that embody the agreements reached, the accuracy with which they represent their respective nations, their knowledge of global issues, their familiarity with the United Nations system and its procedures, practices, bodies, and committees, and their speaking ability. At the end the best-performing delegates in each committee, as well as delegations, were recognised with awards, with the EUR delegation winning the highest number of awards an EUR team has ever won!
Want to join?
Each year S.F.V. Cedo Nulli participates on behalf of the EUR in NMUN’s New York conference. Our delegation of 14 highly motivated students will represent a UN Member State during the conference and interact with students from all over the world. Over the course of six months, students will hone their skills under the guidance of two experienced former delegates and numerous guest speakers.
All students at the Faculty for Social Sciences (including Erasmus University College) can apply to participate. The next opportunity for that will be in September 2017.