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Become a Delegate – All You Need to Know

The preparation process for the NMUN conference in March 2018 will begin in October 2017.

If you consider becoming a member of the 2018 Tübingen delegation you need to take part in two courses that will be taught at the Institute of Political Science (IfP) during the winter semester 2017/18.

First, the seminar “United Nations System – Politics and Policies” (Thursdays, 4-8pm; every other week) deals with the functioning of the United Nations as an International Organization, its basic structure and the tasks it is supposed to perform in world politics. From the perspective of different international relations theories the UN’s role in various issue areas, such as peacekeeping, arms control, economic sanctions or human rights will be assessed.

 

Second, the workshop “Model United Nations” (Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, every week) will serve to prepare the student group for representing the actual political position and interests of a specific country in various UN committees (e.g. General Assembly, International Atomic Energy Agency, UN Environment Programme, etc.). For this purpose students need to learn the “Rules of Procedure” according to which sessions at UN committees are organized. In addition, negotiation techniques and rhetorical skills will be trained during the workshop. Of course, the substantive preparation and thus an intensive engagement with the represented country and its foreign policy positions constitutes a major part of the preparation process. Besides, the active participation of students in administrative matters, such as fundraising activities, press relations and the organisation of the Tübingen Model UN (TMUN) is expected.

Formal Requirements:

The winter semester 2017/18 has to be at least your fifth semester, thus advanced BA students as well as MA students are welcome to apply.
Participation is open to all disciplines and subjects.
Very good English skills are required.
Exchange students who spend the winter semester in Tübingen are more than welcome.
Please note that the workshop includes block sessions during weekends and at least two compulsory attendances of local Model United Nations events, namely the Hohenheim Castle Model United Nations (January 2018) and the Tübingen Model United Nations (February 2018) which will also be organized by the student delegation. The workshop further includes a voluntary ‘field trip’ to Geneva in order to visit a number of UN organizations.

Concrete steps to apply:

In order to apply for participation please register on Campus for the following TWO courses:

  • “Model United Nations” (Ahrens)
  • “The United Nations System: Politics and Policies” (Sändig)

During the first three weeks of the semester a selection process will take place, which will include a test on the Rules of Procedure, a motivation letter and a first speech training. You will receive more detailed information on the process in the first workshop session.
The final decision about who is a member of the Tübingen NMUN delegation 2018 will be taken at the beginning of November.

 

For any further questions please contact Bettina Ahrens (bettina.ahrens@uni-tuebingen.de).

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