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FS Model United Nations (MUN) initiative offers students of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management the unique opportunity to participate each year in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York. In this political simulation students experience how the United Nations work and learn to engage in global issues. Participating students also advance their set of skills, including speech, writing, negotiation, assertiveness and team spirit. After all, the NMUN New York is a unique experience to stimulate cultural exchange. In 2015, FS MUN counts over 30 participants throughout all study programms and several awards for video, position papers and delegations. Read more about us in our history.
Model United Nations conferences are academic simulations that reenact the sessions of the principal organs and agencies of the UN system in order to educate participants about current problems in the international political sphere, about the political agenda and the rules of procedure of the different bodies of United Nations Organization and about the art of diplomacy in general. Participating delegations that commonly have a university or high school background usually represent the delegation of a certain member state to the UN’s different committees. Having researched the position of their assigned country beforehand, they discuss a handful of actual agenda topics before the simulated UN body in a committee session and develop solutions in the form of resolutions and reports – the UN’s regular working documents.
For a Model United Nations a country is assigned to the delegation, which is usually not their home country. It is a major challange to get familiar with your country, learn the history, understand what defines the people, work on your position, determine allies and most importantly: stay in character! While maintaining professional manner, the delegates still have to behave as it suits their country's position. Beforehand and during such a simulation, the delegates dive much deeper into a country's culture and politics than it is even possible in school or university lessons. It is a valuable experience which creates an intensive understanding of other cultures. This is why we for example our delegation seeks briefings at equivalent embassies or missions.
Each year, we have a great number of students who want to be a part of Frankfurt School's delegation going to New York. Although we apply for big countries for the conference, we are not able to take all interested students with us. To ensure a fair selection process for potential delegates based on their performance and motivation, we implemented several steps leading to admission.
At the beginning of the winter semester, just after a new intake has arrived, the Frankfurt School & FS Student Council organize Initiative Fairs for Bachelors and Masters. At these fairs all the initiatives at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management are represented, giving new students the chance to get to know the possibilities at their new university. Of course, FS MUN takes part in the fairs. So come and meet us at our stand! You can learn more about FS MUN, talk to the head delegates and their experiences and flip through our final reports. This is the best opportunity to ask your questions. Also, be on the lookout for our Facebook Group!
Somewhen in the first weeks of the semester, we will have two Kick-offs. Two? That's right, dure to the great number of interested students, we host two Kick-offs. This is to make sure that everybody has the chance to join us at one Kick-off (and also to prevent the rooms at Frankfurt School from bursting). Watch out for our announcement posters on the campus.
Similarly, we host two Mock-Sessions after kicking-off. You only have to attend one of the two Mock-Sessions since both times we will simulate the same conference. You should really attend one because it will give you essential preparation for your application. In the Mock you will learn about conference-procedure, rules and motions plus "staying in character". For the Mock conference we will have a set of phantasy countries with short role descriptions, so learning rules stays fun.
This is the most important part in your way to becoming a FS MUN delegate. You absolutely have to attend this workshop weekend if you want to apply. At this workshop weekend we stay together in a hotel for two days. At day, we learn more about MUNs and New York and simulate a past conference, this time with real assigned countries and prepared postition papers. At night, we go out together and test your group skills. This weekend is the basis of your application. Your performance is your key.
Immediately after the workshop weekend you will get an application form via e-mail. Please note that we cannot give out the application form before the workshop weekend and we will not accept applications in any other form.
In October, the countries for New York's conference are assigned. Approximately at the beginning of November our delegation for next year's NMUN is chosen. After the selection workshop weekend and the confirmation of delegates we immediately start with an intense preparation. This includes learning about the United Nations and their committees, getting familiar with our country, skill drill, strategy maps and of course: position paper writing. Since our students have exams spread trough December and January and also because many of them work, preparing can get rough from time to time. Nevertheless, we try to fit in other MUNs in order to have the best preperation for the biggest conference of them all. And when we arrive in New York, the preparation will not end!