Students from around the world have had the opportunity to simulate United Nations negotiations at the “National Model United Nations” (NMUN) in New York City since 1946. Now over 5000 students from more than 350 different universities take part each year in one of the largest simulation games in the world. Within NMUN, each university represents a delegation from a UN Member State (see 2016 delegation: Ivory Coast) in various United Nations bodies, Specialized Agencies and councils.
As delegates of that country, students negotiate on current issues of concern for the global community and vote on draft resolutions within bodies and councils. FAU has made it possible since 2008 for its students to be part of a delegation and slip into the exciting role of a diplomat and learn from it.
FAUMUN gives students the opportunity to learn social and intercultural skills, strategies for successful negotiation, public speaking techniques, presentation skills, efficient self-management and how to present themselves in a confident manner.
Students from all five faculties take part in the project. Interdisciplinarity is not a buzzword but an essential concept to the project.
FAUMUN is one of the most extensive and successful Model UN projects worldwide and has counted among the best 300 international university delegations participating in NMUN-NY since 2010. For almost 10 years now, FAU’s MUN project has ranked amongst the top 10% of all universities represented (measured by awards won in New York).
The FAUMUN Preparatory Program is ambitious: During intense weekly meetings, weekend seminars and exercises, participants practice diplomatic skills on different levels. Preparing a speech in English in just a few minutes and delivering it in front of up to 400 people, facing constructive criticism in a group, presenting oneself effectively and in a way suited to the target audience and mastering a previously unknown negotiating situation:
All this is an experience which requires not only professional skills but also demands tremendous commitment, creativity, emotional resilience, discipline and performance from the participants. During the preparatory phase, students develop potential solutions for ecological, economic and security problems currently facing the international community of states. Approaching a problem with idealistic zeal and always keeping an eye on practical feasibility at the same time – our goal is mastering this balancing act.
Participation in FAIMUN 2017 includes:
- Weekly preparatory seminar (alternately at the weekend, during the week and outside the lecture period) in the 2016/2017 winter semester
- Intensive preparation regarding the country to be represented, with presentation training, negotiation training and instruction in the Rules of Procedure of the United Nations
- Participation in three preparatory conferences in November, December and February (including board and lodging) in Erlangen, Munich and Nuremberg
- Participation in NMUN in New York in March 2017
- Preparatory week at the Foreign Office in Berlin